Under the Dome

Feb. 19, 2014 @ 03:38 PM

US consulting with European partners on Ukraine

The United States raised the prospect Wednesday of joining partners in Europe to impose sanctions against Ukraine in an attempt to end the deadly violence that has raised fears of a civil war in the country.

Feb. 19, 2014 @ 02:36 PM

Harris, Tillis gets endorsement in NC Senate race

More endorsements have come in the Republican U.S. Senate race, this time for Thom Tillis and Mark Harris.

Feb. 19, 2014 @ 11:34 AM

NC DOT to build bridge at casino site

The North Carolina transportation department has awarded a contract to build a bridge to the site of a casino under construction in Cherokee County.

Feb. 19, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

EDC working on business projects

A pair of potential business projects could lead to additional jobs for Rutherford County.

Feb. 18, 2014 @ 02:40 PM

Groups complain NC schools keep immigrant kids out

Civil rights groups want the U.S. Justice Department to launch a federal investigation into whether North Carolina school districts are refusing to enroll some immigrant children although public schools are required to take all comers.

Feb. 18, 2014 @ 12:32 PM

Store cook fired after comment to NC governor

A Charlotte food store cook has been fired for a comment he made to Gov. Pat McCrory.

Feb. 17, 2014 @ 04:38 PM

NC Gov. McCrory briefed on coal ash deal with Duke

North Carolina's top environmental official says he briefed Gov. Pat McCrory about a negotiated settlement with Duke Energy that would have fined the $50 billion corporation $99,000 to resolve violations for groundwater contamination leaching from two huge coal ash dumps.

Feb. 17, 2014 @ 02:01 PM

House Dems try to force votes on wage, immigration

House Democrats are determined to cast an election-year spotlight on Republican opposition to raising the minimum wage and overhauling immigration laws.

Feb. 17, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

What can unite liberals and tea partyers? The NSA

Hoyt Sparks says he has no use for liberal Democrats and their "socialistic, Marxist, communist" ways.

Feb. 17, 2014 @ 09:50 AM

NC judge hears lawsuits over private school grants

A North Carolina trial judge was scheduled Monday to hold the first hearing in a challenge against a new law that would let low-income parents send their children to private or religious schools with taxpayer money.

Feb. 16, 2014 @ 05:35 PM

UPDATE: Race held in honor of Spence

Clerk of Court Robynn L. Spence of Rutherfordton died Sunday morning at Mission Hospital in Asheville.
Spence's death is a shock to people in Rutherford County who worked with her at the Rutherford County Courthouse, those who knew her personally and appreciated her kindness.

Feb. 14, 2014 @ 06:58 PM

No changes by Cooper as judge strikes down VA ban

Attorney General Roy Cooper isn't changing how his office is handling litigation challenging North Carolina's gay marriage prohibition now that a federal judge has struck down Virginia's ban.

Feb. 14, 2014 @ 04:56 PM

Federal judges discuss suit over NC Congress maps

While voters challenging two North Carolina congressional districts want to block their use in the 2014 elections, government attorneys want any decisions delayed until state redistricting lawsuits run their course.

Feb. 14, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

Dems' catch: Voters like their issues, not party

Congressional Democrats held a retreat this week seeking inspiration. But they left as befuddled as ever by an America that arguably likes their issues but not always the party.

Feb. 14, 2014 @ 02:23 PM

McCrory to review workplace, school day policies

Gov. Pat McCrory says he'll review policies that penalize state employees for staying home during a storm even when top officials are advising people not to travel.

Feb. 14, 2014 @ 12:03 PM

No Charlotte courthouse wedding for Valentine's

The weather may be an excuse plenty of people use to explain why they don't have a Valentine's Day gift this year.

Feb. 13, 2014 @ 04:41 PM

APNewsBreak: US investigates NC coal ash spill

Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill into a North Carolina river, demanding that Duke Energy and state regulators hand over reams of documents related to the accident that left a waterway polluted with tons of toxic sludge.

Feb. 12, 2014 @ 12:37 PM

Bedrock GOP principle dropped in debt ceiling vote

It was once the backbone of the House Republican majority — the hard-line stand that brought President Barack Obama to the negotiating table and yielded more than $2 trillion in deficit reduction.

Feb. 11, 2014 @ 03:29 PM

Obama signs emergency declaration for Georgia

In a dire warning Tuesday, forecasters said a "catastrophic" winter storm threatened to bring a thick layer of ice to Georgia and other parts of the South, causing widespread power outages that could leave people in the dark for days.

Feb. 11, 2014 @ 03:04 PM

County offices closed Wednesday

Rutherford County government offices will be closed Wednesday due to pending inclement weather. 

Feb. 11, 2014 @ 02:27 PM

Duke starts dredging river as coal ash deal dumped

Duke Energy says it plans to begin dredging coal ash out of a North Carolina river on Tuesday as the state's environmental agency moved to scuttle a previously proposed settlement with the company over pollution leaking from waste dumps at its power plants.

Feb. 11, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

GOP to advance 'clean' debt limit hike

House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday that the House will vote this week to increase in the government's borrowing cap without any add-ons demanded by Republicans.

Feb. 10, 2014 @ 09:15 PM

2014 candidate filing period gets underway in NC

North Carolina's 2014 campaign season officially began Monday as candidates swarmed election offices in Raleigh to officially file for races from U.S. Senate to school board and judicial and legislative seats in between.

Feb. 10, 2014 @ 07:13 PM

McCrory, NC lawmakers pledge new teacher pay raise

Gov. Pat McCrory and top state lawmakers promised Monday to commit about $200 million over the next two years to raise pay for starting teachers from $30,800 a year to $35,000 and keep new educators from leaving classrooms.

Feb. 10, 2014 @ 06:11 PM

DHHS mum on food stamp backlog as deadline looms

Officials at the state Department of Health and Human Services are declining to say whether they have successfully cleared a backlog of food stamp applications as a federal deadline approaches.