Under the Dome

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 01:21 PM

Filibuster weakened, Senate OK'ing judges faster

Seven months after curbing filibusters, Democrats are aggressively pushing President Barack Obama's judicial nominees through the Senate, speeding the pace of confirmations and shrinking vacancies on the federal bench to their lowest level since days after Obama took office.


Jun. 13, 2014 @ 03:53 PM

NC House backs Camp Lejeune, Asheville plaintiffs

Legislation has moved quickly through the North Carolina House seeking to clarify a judicial rule cited by the U.S. Supreme Court this week in blocking people in Asheville from suing for damages over contaminated water.


Jun. 13, 2014 @ 11:39 AM

"Moral Monday" activists take on NC protest rules

A Wake County judge is hearing a court challenge on new rules governing the Legislative Building.


Jun. 13, 2014 @ 10:36 AM

NC House wrapping up debate on $21B budget

House Republicans got support from several Democrats for their North Carolina budget plan that would give the largest teacher pay raises in years by tapping into more lottery money.


Jun. 12, 2014 @ 03:59 PM

NC Supreme Court strikes down town's cellphone law

The North Carolina Supreme Court says the state's first local ordinance banning people from using cellphones while driving is invalid.


Jun. 12, 2014 @ 12:05 PM

NC Senate strips McCrory of appointments

The state Senate has stripped Republican Governor Pat McCrory of the power to appoint all the members of a three-member commission that makes the final decision on unemployment insurance benefits for North Carolinians.


Jun. 11, 2014 @ 03:10 PM

Insurers propose changes to Obama health law

Insurers want to change President Barack Obama's health care law to provide financial assistance for people buying bare-bones coverage. That would entice the healthy and the young, the industry says, holding down premiums.


Jun. 11, 2014 @ 02:11 PM

APNewsBreak: State probing sweepstakes donations

The State Bureau of Investigation is probing campaign donations provided to North Carolina politicians by the video sweepstakes industry.


Jun. 11, 2014 @ 02:09 PM

Senate Republicans block student loan bill

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation aimed at letting people refinance their student loans at lower rates, a pre-ordained outcome that gave Democrats a fresh election-year talking point against the GOP.


Jun. 11, 2014 @ 11:07 AM

NC budget gets more scrutiny in House committees

A proposed budget for North Carolina government written by House Republicans is getting more scrutiny as it works its way through the chamber's two most important committees.


Jun. 10, 2014 @ 03:21 PM

NC Senate panel changes product liability bill

A Senate panel has rejected proposals that would have made it harder for North Carolinians to sue manufacturers.


Jun. 10, 2014 @ 02:26 PM

Tillis, Hagan still talk about talking NC debates

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis is trying to hasten debate negotiations for the fall campaign with incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan, saying he's already accepted invitations from seven media outlets and organizations.


Jun. 10, 2014 @ 01:20 PM

Autism groups lobby for therapy health coverage

Autism advocates want the North Carolina Senate to sign off on a measure to require state-regulated insurance companies to cover therapy for autism.


Jun. 10, 2014 @ 10:19 AM

NC House seeks average 5 percent teacher raises

North Carolina public school teachers would get average 5 percent raises without giving up job protections the Senate required for pay increases in the Republican House government spending plan making its way through the chamber this week.


Jun. 09, 2014 @ 03:30 PM

Audit: More than 57,000 await initial VA visits

More than 57,000 veterans have been waiting for up to three months for medical appointments, the Veterans Affairs Department said in a wide-ranging audit released Monday.


Jun. 09, 2014 @ 02:30 PM

Court rules against homeowners in toxic water case

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a group of homeowners in North Carolina can't sue a company that contaminated their drinking water decades ago because a state deadline has lapsed, a decision that could prevent thousands of other property owners in similar cases from recovering damages after being exposed to toxic waste.


Jun. 09, 2014 @ 02:28 PM

Ex-NC Sen. Harris Blake of Pinehurst dies at 84

A former North Carolina state senator who served briefly as the chamber's No. 2 leader has died.


Jun. 09, 2014 @ 10:27 AM

Senate dreams: Voting trends belie parties' hopes

With most of this year's Senate primary elections complete, Democrats talk boldly about their chances in Kentucky and Mississippi, while Republicans gaze hungrily at Oregon and Colorado.


Jun. 08, 2014 @ 03:05 PM

ICC Trustees to discuss budget

The Isothermal Community College (ICC) Board of Trustees will take action on the budget appropriation from Rutherford County Commissioners when they meet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.


Jun. 08, 2014 @ 03:04 PM

Rutherfordton Council to discuss manager recruitment

The Rutherfordton Town Council will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss its search for a Town Manager.


Jun. 07, 2014 @ 12:27 PM

Judge files written order over NC teacher tenure

A judge's written order echoes his ruling that a new North Carolina law cutting job protections for veteran teachers who now enjoy them is unconstitutional.


Jun. 06, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

NC Democrats, GOP hold state conventions

North Carolina Democratic and Republican activists are gathering for a weekend of speeches from national and state political notables to rally the party faithful heading into the fall campaigns for U.S. Senate, Congress and the legislature.


Jun. 05, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

NC House approves Senate changes to reading tests

Changes to the state's reading mandates for third-graders are headed to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk.


Jun. 05, 2014 @ 04:13 PM

NC Senate passes Common Core replacement bill

The state Senate has passed a proposal that's likely to remove North Carolina from the list of states adhering to Common Core standards for what children should learn in the public schools.


Jun. 05, 2014 @ 01:11 PM

NC Senate budget committee approves film grants

A new way to attract filmmakers to North Carolina has cleared a Senate committee.