Under the Dome

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.


Jun. 04, 2014 @ 10:18 PM

NC state superintendent criticizes proposed cuts

The North Carolina Senate budget would give teachers raises, but when those raises come at the expense of cuts to the state Department of Public of Instruction, education leaders say schools will still suffer.


Jun. 04, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

NC doctors, McCrory meet to back his Medicaid plan

Gov. Pat McCrory and leaders of North Carolina physician organizations tried Wednesday to get the governor's Medicaid overhaul plan back in front of the legislature after the state Senate essentially rejected his idea.


Jun. 04, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

Filmmakers, legislators ask to continue tax credit

A North Carolina coalition of filmmakers and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are asking the General Assembly to continue a film tax incentive program that is scheduled to expire at the end of the year.


Jun. 04, 2014 @ 02:40 PM

NC lawmakers consider economic development changes

A bill to privatize parts of the public agency that works to recruit companies and jobs to North Carolina is going to the House.


Jun. 04, 2014 @ 12:39 PM

Gov. McCrory signs NC fracking bill

Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law a bill that clears the way for permits to be issued for fracking in North Carolina as soon as next spring.


Jun. 04, 2014 @ 10:52 AM

NC House to consider changes to Common Core

A plan to dismantle North Carolina's Common Core curriculum for public schools is on its way to the House floor.


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.