Under the Dome

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.

May. 28, 2014 @ 01:21 PM

Reading program for NC students changed by Senate

North Carolina's new requirements for third-graders to show they're reading proficient and should be promoted were altered Wednesday by Senate Republicans in response to complaints from educators and parents about testing anxiety.

May. 28, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

County eyes budget increase for schools, ICC

Rutherford County Commissioners will consider increasing the budgets for Rutherford County Schools (RCS) and Isothermal Community College (ICC) for the next fiscal year by 2.06 percent each.

May. 28, 2014 @ 09:48 AM

Spindale Town Manager resigns

The Town Manager in Spindale has resigned.

May. 27, 2014 @ 02:37 PM

NC press group questions access with ID bill

A North Carolina House committee has approved new rules requiring schools to identify students with military ties.

May. 27, 2014 @ 12:42 PM

FBI agent joining NC elections investigations team

North Carolina's elections board is hiring a longtime FBI agent involved in recent corruption and campaign finance investigations.

May. 27, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

Forest City sets budget workshop Wednesday

Town Council will discuss the proposed 2014-15 fiscal year budget for the Town of Forest City on Wednesday, May 28 at 6 p.m.

May. 23, 2014 @ 04:23 PM

Former NC Capitol Police Chief cleared

A former head of North Carolina State Capitol Police has been cleared after a judge ruled that he should not have been fired from his job.

May. 21, 2014 @ 04:38 PM

Rep. Robert Brawley, NC caucus go separate ways

A North Carolina House Republican is officially on the outs with the rest of the chamber's GOP caucus.

May. 21, 2014 @ 01:33 PM

NC lawmakers consider new patent abuse rules

A legislative committee approved new rules Wednesday to crack down on patent abuse in North Carolina.

May. 20, 2014 @ 04:31 PM

Conservative group rolls out NC tax overhaul ads

A conservative fiscal group is trying to promote to television viewers and radio listeners the benefits of the tax overhaul law passed by North Carolina Republicans last year.

May. 20, 2014 @ 04:13 PM

Tanning group backs NC ban for youth salon use

An effort in North Carolina's legislature to prohibit anyone under age 18 from using local tanning salons got delayed in the Senate last year.

May. 20, 2014 @ 01:07 PM

ACLU wants judge to put NC voter ID law on hold

Advocacy groups are asking a federal judge to put key provisions of North Carolina's elections overhaul law on hold for the November election.

May. 20, 2014 @ 12:21 PM

Candidate Aiken says people see him differently

Congressional candidate Clay Aiken says voters in North Carolina are getting a different look at him from his "American Idol" background.

May. 20, 2014 @ 10:18 AM

NC treasurer says health plan strong financially

State employees and retirees may avoid higher insurance premiums in 2015 because North Carolina's public-employee health insurance plan is spending less on patients than expected.

May. 20, 2014 @ 09:17 AM

Full NC House considering omnibus tax bill

A wide-ranging tax bill is expected to be the first significant piece of legislation considered by the full North Carolina House this year.

May. 19, 2014 @ 04:45 PM

Rove's Crossroads to spend another $15M on ads

A well-funded independent political machine with ties to Republican strategist Karl Rove on Monday signaled it was ready to spend almost $15 million on ads in four states with competitive Senate races — and that spending is expected to rise.

May. 19, 2014 @ 03:47 PM

US charges Chinese officials in cyberspying case

In a landmark case alleging international economic spying, the United States announced on Monday unprecedented cyber espionage charges against five Chinese military officials accused of hacking into U.S. companies to gain trade secrets.

May. 16, 2014 @ 02:56 PM

April unemployment rate falls to 6.2 percent in NC

More people are in the job market in North Carolina and more are finding work as the state's unemployment rate dropped slightly last month.

May. 16, 2014 @ 12:32 PM

NC scientists to issue 30-year sea level forecast

A North Carolina commission will ask scientists to only make a 30-year prediction of how fast the ocean will rise off the state's coast.

May. 16, 2014 @ 12:20 PM

Judge strikes down new NC teacher tenure law

A judge ruled Friday that a law cutting teacher job protections in North Carolina is unconstitutional.