Under the Dome

Jun. 04, 2014 @ 10:06 AM

Rift between county, Rescue continues

The fracas between Rutherford County Rescue and county officials seems to be widening with the county’s budget now in the crosshairs.

Jun. 04, 2014 @ 09:51 AM

Advocates for NC Medicaid expansion schedule rally

Advocates for expanding Medicaid in North Carolina are planning to rally and deliver a petition with 25,000 signatures to House Speaker Thom Tillis.

Jun. 03, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

McCrory says he has tried to meet with protesters

Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he has been willing to meet with people from the "Moral Monday" rallies, several of whom staged a sit-in at his office a day earlier, but noted they have previously refused his invitations to talk.

Jun. 03, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

Senior care groups criticize Senate Medicaid cuts

Disabled and senior care advocates are urging N.C. House lawmakers to reject the state Senate budget that could take more than 15,000 disabled and elderly people off the Medicaid rolls.

Jun. 03, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

McCrory says he will sign fracking bill

Gov. Pat McCrory says he will sign North Carolina's fracking legislation into law this week.

Jun. 03, 2014 @ 01:12 PM

NC court: schools can keep some cash from charters

A North Carolina appeals court says three charter schools cannot tap money that Cleveland County school administrators put into accounts for restricted purposes.

Jun. 03, 2014 @ 12:43 PM

Guilty plea in ex-Charlotte mayor corruption case

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty Tuesday to a public corruption charge, ending a remarkable rise for a man raised by a single mother in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

Jun. 03, 2014 @ 09:29 AM

Electric rates to stay same

The winter of 2013-14 will have an adverse effect on the cost of providing electricity to the Town of Forest City and the State of North Carolina.

Jun. 03, 2014 @ 07:02 AM

Public gives input to county budget

Officials with Isothermal Community College and Rutherford County Schools had their say on the proposed 2014/15 Rutherford County budget during a public hearing Monday night.

Jun. 02, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

Environmental incentives limited by NC Senate

A provision in a bill that could have helped North Carolina polluters avoid government penalties has been limited by the Senate.

Jun. 02, 2014 @ 05:01 PM

NC budget provision hits mug shot websites

A provision in the Senate budget would create restrictions on how mug shots can be published online and ban companies from charging people to take them down.

Jun. 02, 2014 @ 04:00 PM

Democrats on Benghazi panel see role as defensive

The five Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi are being counted on to defend the Obama administration's record as November's elections creep closer. All five voted against the special investigation and most have described it as a political stunt and waste of time.

Jun. 02, 2014 @ 03:01 PM

Big power-plant pollution cuts are ordered

In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years.

Jun. 02, 2014 @ 02:16 PM

Ex-Charlotte mayor to plead in corruption case

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is expected to plead guilty in federal court Tuesday on a public corruption charge related to his March arrest.

Jun. 02, 2014 @ 01:05 PM

Environment focus of anti-Republican policy rally

Critics of the agenda promoted by Republicans in North Carolina government will focus their latest weekly demonstration on environmental laws.

Jun. 02, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

Ex-administrator at NC surgeon's office charged

A former administrator at a plastic surgery practice in Wilmington has been charged with taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the business.

May. 31, 2014 @ 06:31 PM

NC plan would join states ending teacher tenure

North Carolina legislators want to scrap a law that prevents ineffective teachers from being removed from the classroom. But teachers have been fighting the move, saying they need protection from malicious schoolhouse politics.

May. 31, 2014 @ 06:27 PM

US law prods states to revisit health care rules

Prompted by the health care overhaul law, several states are updating their rules for insurance networks to better reflect who is covered and how people shop for and use their benefits.

May. 31, 2014 @ 05:23 PM

Analysis: Shinseki exit breaks Obama's crisis mold

This was not in the Barack Obama playbook.

May. 31, 2014 @ 04:21 PM

Rice helping Obama juggle foreign policy crises

Once seemingly destined to become secretary of state, Susan Rice now holds a lower-profile job at the White House, juggling global crises for the president and trying to ensure his foreign policy priorities don't fall by the wayside in a storm of overseas problems.

May. 31, 2014 @ 03:18 PM

North Carolina Driver's Handbooks now available

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has posted the 2014 Driver's Handbooks in English and Spanish online, and at driver license offices across the state.

May. 31, 2014 @ 01:26 PM

US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

The only American solider held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed from Taliban captivity in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.

May. 30, 2014 @ 12:44 PM

Shinseki resigns amid veterans' health care uproar

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized in public and then resigned in the privacy of the White House on Friday, driven from office by a mushrooming scandal over the agency's health care system that serves millions of the nation's former warriors.

May. 28, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

NC Senate initially approves omnibus tax bill

The North Carolina Senate's version of an omnibus tax bill has remained intact after Democratic amendments were defeated, including one that would have lifted the scheduled repeal of certain municipal business taxes next summer.

May. 28, 2014 @ 02:44 PM

NC Senate offers big teacher raise for tenure loss

A proposed state budget for the year starting in July would include pay raises of more than 10 percent for veteran teachers who relinquish job protections a court says lawmakers can't strip away, Senate leaders said Wednesday.