Under the Dome

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.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

NC lawmakers change groundwater litigation limits

The General Assembly has received final approval to clarify a law on time limits for filing personal injury lawsuits in North Carolina courts.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 04:00 PM

Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase

Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress' struggle to pay for highway and transit programs.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 02:45 PM

NC AG says coal ash must be cleaned up

North Carolina's attorney general says Duke Energy's coal ash pits must be cleaned up to protect the state's waterways, but consumers should not foot the bill.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 01:39 PM

Hot race for No. 3 spot in GOP leadership

House Republicans gathered Wednesday to hear pitches from candidates vying to be their new leaders as conservatives hoped they wouldn't be shut out of a top spot.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

Bill would remove kid BB gun ban in 5 NC counties

The dream of legally shooting BB guns alone for thousands of kids in North Carolina could become a reality with a bill moving through Legislature.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 11:44 AM

Gastonia to auction off old vehicles, equipment

If you've been looking for a pickup truck, or maybe a Bush Hog, the city of Gastonia may have what you want.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 09:37 AM

U.S. 221 projects on hold

All projects related to the expansion of U.S. 221 in Rutherford County have been placed on hold.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 05:50 PM

More NC private school scholarships considered

North Carolina legislative leaders are considering locating extra money so all children who applied and qualify for taxpayer money for tuition at private or religious schools can receive it.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 02:31 PM

Political, religious groups aided in NC bill

Political and religious groups on North Carolina's public higher education campuses would be in charge of their internal affairs in legislation making its way through the General Assembly.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 01:26 PM

NC college students lobby for in-state tuition

Some college students participated in a mock graduation at the General Assembly, asking North Carolina lawmakers to extend in-state tuition rates to students who are not in the country legally.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 01:08 PM

In NC hamlet, residents worry over coal ash ponds

The sweet tea served in the tidy kitchen of Joanne Thomas' antebellum home comes with an ominous warning.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Spindale board adopts FY 2014-15 budget

The Spindale Board of Commissioners approved the FY 2014-15 budget draft Monday evening, following multiple work sessions and a public hearing last month. Commissioners Robin Ensley and Tom Roberson voted in favor of the budget motion, while Commissioner Nancy Walker cast the opposing vote. Commissioner Andrew Kirton was not present at the meeting.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 08:41 AM

$29 million budget adopted in Forest City

For the third consecutive year, the proposed property tax rate for residents of Forest City remains unchanged at $0.29 per $100 of property valuation after Town Council unanimously adopted the 2014-15 fiscal year budget Monday night.

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 04:47 PM

Duke Energy told to submit coal ash repair plans

A North Carolina environmental agency is ordering Duke Energy to submit plans to repair leaky pipes at dams holding back millions of tons of coal ash at five power plants.

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 02:22 PM

Kerry: US open to talks with Iran over Iraq

The Obama administration is willing to talk with Iran over deteriorating security conditions in Iraq and is not ruling out potential U.S.-Iranian military cooperation in stemming the advance of Sunni extremists, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 01:21 PM

Filibuster weakened, Senate OK'ing judges faster

Seven months after curbing filibusters, Democrats are aggressively pushing President Barack Obama's judicial nominees through the Senate, speeding the pace of confirmations and shrinking vacancies on the federal bench to their lowest level since days after Obama took office.