Under the Dome

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.


Jun. 02, 2014 @ 04:00 PM

Democrats on Benghazi panel see role as defensive

The five Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi are being counted on to defend the Obama administration's record as November's elections creep closer. All five voted against the special investigation and most have described it as a political stunt and waste of time.


Jun. 02, 2014 @ 03:01 PM

Big power-plant pollution cuts are ordered

In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years.


Jun. 02, 2014 @ 02:16 PM

Ex-Charlotte mayor to plead in corruption case

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is expected to plead guilty in federal court Tuesday on a public corruption charge related to his March arrest.


Jun. 02, 2014 @ 01:05 PM

Environment focus of anti-Republican policy rally

Critics of the agenda promoted by Republicans in North Carolina government will focus their latest weekly demonstration on environmental laws.


Jun. 02, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

Ex-administrator at NC surgeon's office charged

A former administrator at a plastic surgery practice in Wilmington has been charged with taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the business.


May. 31, 2014 @ 06:31 PM

NC plan would join states ending teacher tenure

North Carolina legislators want to scrap a law that prevents ineffective teachers from being removed from the classroom. But teachers have been fighting the move, saying they need protection from malicious schoolhouse politics.


May. 31, 2014 @ 06:27 PM

US law prods states to revisit health care rules

Prompted by the health care overhaul law, several states are updating their rules for insurance networks to better reflect who is covered and how people shop for and use their benefits.


May. 31, 2014 @ 05:23 PM

Analysis: Shinseki exit breaks Obama's crisis mold

This was not in the Barack Obama playbook.


May. 31, 2014 @ 04:21 PM

Rice helping Obama juggle foreign policy crises

Once seemingly destined to become secretary of state, Susan Rice now holds a lower-profile job at the White House, juggling global crises for the president and trying to ensure his foreign policy priorities don't fall by the wayside in a storm of overseas problems.


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.