Under the Dome

Mar. 05, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

State budget director rejects UNC's budget plan

The state budget director has told the University of North Carolina that it needs to re-write its budget plan for the coming year.


Mar. 04, 2014 @ 05:26 PM

Obama's budget: Election-year themes to rally Dems

President Barack Obama's election-year budget seeks to rally fellow Democrats with new help for the working poor and fresh money for road-building, education and research. It also pulls back from controversial cuts to Social Security that had been designed to lure Republicans to the bargaining table.


Mar. 04, 2014 @ 05:06 PM

Judge sets discovery plan in NC voting law suits

A federal magistrate judge says North Carolina must provide documents to groups suing to overturn recent voting changes that were created even after Gov. Pat McCrory signed the law last summer.


Mar. 04, 2014 @ 08:36 AM

County approves grant funding

Rutherford County Commissioners approved expending $100,000 in local funds to match nearly $800,000 in grants for economic development opportunities.


Mar. 04, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

Board adopts job classification, pay plan

Some town employees are receiving a .65 percent pay raise after Forest City Town Council approved an option presented in the Reclassification and Pay Study developed by the Management and Personnel Services (MAPS) group.


Mar. 03, 2014 @ 01:09 PM

APNewsBreak: NC state Controller McCoy to retire

North Carolina State Controller David McCoy is retiring from his job at the end of the month in a move that will end a public service career spanning more than 30 years.


Feb. 28, 2014 @ 04:42 PM

Wake commissioner taking NC budget office job

A Wake County commissioner and former candidate for lieutenant governor has been hired as chief operating officer in Gov. Pat McCrory's budget office.


Feb. 28, 2014 @ 12:28 PM

As NC debates, other states empty coal ash dumps

Inside pits containing 1.7 million tons of coal ash at the Jefferies Generating Station, the hydraulic arm of a big orange excavator scooped up the toxic gray sludge and dropped it into the back of a dump truck.


Feb. 27, 2014 @ 09:00 PM

Library trustees recommend keeping Haynes Library in Henrietta

After some contentious debate, the Rutherford County Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously to recommend keeping the Haynes Branch Library in Henrietta.


Feb. 27, 2014 @ 05:18 PM

Proposed US energy rules would shield whales

Proposed federal environmental guidelines released Thursday would protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from offshore seismic testing aimed at sizing up oil and gas reserves from Delaware to Florida.


Feb. 27, 2014 @ 02:23 PM

Company cited for Candler fuel spill

North Carolina environmental officials have cited a company in Candler that the state says spilled thousands of gallons of diesel fuel.


Feb. 27, 2014 @ 10:19 AM

Clay Aiken officially joining NC Congress race

Singer and actor Clay Aiken is now officially making the switch to wear the hat of a North Carolina congressional candidate.


Feb. 26, 2014 @ 04:57 PM

NC Medicaid overhaul veers away from privatization

Gov. Pat McCrory's health agency on Wednesday proposed holding down rising Medicaid costs by adapting and expanding current networks of physicians or hospitals into agreements allowing them to keep a portion of savings they generate while meeting treatment goals but sharing the losses if patient costs are too high.


Feb. 26, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

NC health agency mapping Medicaid overhaul plan

Gov. Pat McCrory's health agency on Wednesday planned to unveil its latest version of ideas on how to change North Carolina's $13 billion Medicaid health care system for about 1.7 million poor and disabled people.


Feb. 25, 2014 @ 05:21 PM

Snyder gets into North Carolina US Senate race

A three-time candidate for statewide office in North Carolina has decided to add his name to the list of candidates seeking Democrat Kay Hagan's U.S. Senate seat this year.


Feb. 25, 2014 @ 02:35 PM

Meeting looks at pay incentives for NC teachers

North Carolina lawmakers, school leaders and parents are considering whether teachers can be better rewarded for performance through a statewide incentives package.


Feb. 25, 2014 @ 01:33 PM

NC says state permit now needed for reservoir

North Carolina's environmental agency is now requiring a state permit for a dam creating a reservoir on the First Broad River in Cleveland County west of Charlotte.


Feb. 24, 2014 @ 05:04 PM

Governors erupt in partisan dispute at White House

The nation's governor's emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama Monday claiming harmony, only to immediately break into an on-camera partisan feud in front of the West Wing.


Feb. 24, 2014 @ 04:05 PM

Supreme Court seems divided in climate case

The Supreme Court appeared divided on Monday over the sole Obama administration program already in place to limit power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.


Feb. 24, 2014 @ 03:06 PM

GOP seizes on state woes to highlight health care

House Republicans intent on highlighting the woes of President Barack Obama's health care law need to look no further than their own back yards, some of which are traditionally liberal strongholds.


Feb. 24, 2014 @ 02:06 PM

Former NC Rep. Justice elected to GOP leadership

A previously longtime state House member is now the vice chairwoman of the North Carolina Republican Party.


Feb. 24, 2014 @ 11:06 AM

Democratic incumbent Hagan filing for Senate in NC

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan is officially filing to run for a second six-year term.


Feb. 23, 2014 @ 08:27 AM

Goal session cancelled, new sessions discussed

Rutherford County Commissioners were determined to discuss the future of the county.


Feb. 20, 2014 @ 12:54 PM

Some NC lawmakers who to revise school calendar

Some North Carolina lawmakers hope this year's winter storms will spark new discussion on the law on when schools can start and must end.


Feb. 19, 2014 @ 08:27 PM

August hearing for NC home insurance increase

North Carolina's top insurance regulator is scheduling an August hearing for insurance companies to explain their request to raise the cost of homeowners coverage by an average of 25 percent.