Under the Dome

Jul. 18, 2014 @ 03:29 PM

Senate Dems, GOP woo female voters for this fall

Democratic and Republican Senators are pouring significant time and energy into pursuing female voters, a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections.

Jul. 17, 2014 @ 05:37 PM

NC school vouchers may flow before court hearing

Taxpayer money for private or religious school tuition may start flowing to North Carolina families before a judge rules whether the program is legal.

Jul. 17, 2014 @ 05:24 PM

NC Senate delays local sales tax bill

A proposal to streamline sales taxes in North Carolina while preventing counties from collecting extra revenues simultaneously for education and public transportation has been put off in the Senate until at least next week.

Jul. 17, 2014 @ 04:36 PM

Senate's idea to reform NC Medicaid OK'd by panel

The Senate's idea of Medicaid reform in North Carolina cleared a hurdle Thursday in the chamber despite redoubled opposition from several medical organizations and Gov. Pat McCrory's administration, which prefer a House plan.

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 04:53 PM

Winner of GOP contest in NC promoted outsider role

A former Baptist minister who knocked off the son of one of North Carolina's most powerful politicians in a Republican primary for Congress did so in part by cultivating an outsider's image.

Jul. 13, 2014 @ 09:59 AM

Commissioners expect to pass full budget

Capital funds requested by Isothermal Community College and passing the county's 2014-15 budget will be addressed Tuesday afternoon during a special meeting of the Rutherford County Commissioners.

Jul. 13, 2014 @ 06:49 AM

Second Primary Election set for Tuesday

Approximately 25,600 Republicans and unaffiliated voters have an opportunity to go to the polls Tuesday, July 15 to choose the Republican nominee for Rutherford County Clerk of Court in the Second Primary Election.

Jun. 25, 2014 @ 02:04 PM

NC Senate puts insurance requirement in moped bill

North Carolina senators are considering a bill to require moped drivers to have insurance for the vehicles.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 07:16 PM

NC commerce agency reorganization signed into law

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a bill that shifts business recruiting and marketing functions from the state-run Commerce Department to a private nonprofit corporation.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 06:15 PM

McCrory vetoes unemployment insurance bill

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory quickly vetoed a bill that made several changes to unemployment insurance because he didn't like the way legislators changed the terms of his appointees on a board that considers final benefit appeals from the jobless.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 04:28 PM

New regulatory bills clear NC House committee

A North Carolina House committee Tuesday approved two bills aimed at reducing industry regulation by the state, but also included dozens of provisions on other issues ranging from mug shot websites and tanning beds to mandating insurance coverage for autism.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 03:20 PM

Deadline looms for NC eugenics victims payments

In 1948, as Naomi Schenck was rushed into a North Carolina operating room because she was having a miscarriage, the then-17-year-old newlywed heard a doctor say: "Cut her."

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

North Carolina Senate debating coal ash fix plan

A plan for Duke Energy to close all its North Carolina coal ash dumps by 2029 following this year's Dan River spill is ready for debate by the full Senate.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 09:38 AM

County adopts interim budget

Rutherford County Commissioners passed a budget to get the county through the end of July.

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 09:37 AM

Owls stay hot, stop Stars, 6-2

Forest City Owls’ center fielder Maleeke Gibson has been bouncing around the lineup all season.

Jun. 23, 2014 @ 05:46 PM

McCrory: Budget differences remain with lawmakers

Gov. Pat McCrory says he's confident progress will be made this week with legislative leaders on putting together final adjustments for the North Carolina budget.

Jun. 23, 2014 @ 01:23 PM

County Commissioners to meet tonight

The Rutherford County Commission will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at the County Office Building (289 North Main Street, Rutherfordton) to discuss the 2014-15 budget.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 01:16 PM

NC House approves bill to register mopeds

The North Caroilna House is backing new regulations for mopeds, requiring that the vehicles must be registered with the Division of Motor Vehicles just like motorcycles.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 11:29 AM

NC unemployment insurance changes head to McCrory

An unemployment insurance bill heading to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk makes changes he sought but also tinkers with a commission that makes final benefit appeal decisions.

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

NC House bill addresses early ballots after death

Lawmakers want to make sure that absentee votes cast by North Carolina residents who die before an election will count.

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 04:46 PM

NC House changes on environment return to Senate

With little debate, the House has approved changes to the state's environmental laws.

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 04:25 PM

Obama: US sending military advisers to Iraq

Edging back into a military role in Iraq, President Barack Obama on Thursday said he was dispatching up to 300 military advisers to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling nation. He called on Iraqi leaders to govern with a more "inclusive agenda" to ensure the country does not descend into civil war.

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 04:21 PM

House GOP elects McCarthy, Scalise to leadership

Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, a former aide elected to Congress in his own right less than eight years ago, won election as House majority leader Thursday as fellow Republicans shuffled their leadership in the wake of Rep. Eric Cantor's primary defeat in Virginia.

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 12:51 PM

A divided House GOP ready to pick new leaders

Rep. Kevin McCarthy seems likely to inherit defeated Rep. Eric Cantor's No. 2 House Republican leadership job, but GOP restiveness along ideological and regional lines is on full display in a wide-open race for the party's next-ranking post of majority whip.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 07:03 PM

NC legislature finalizes commerce reorganization

Lawmakers have finalized the requirements a new private nonprofit corporation must meet before it can take over business recruiting and marketing and tourism functions currently housed within North Carolina's government.