Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that his office is suing North Carolina over its new voter law, which the Justice Department says discriminates against minorities.
The law reduces early voting days, eliminates same-day registration during early voting and requires voters to have a photo ID.
Holder said the Justice Department will use North Carolina's own elections data to show that the state's new law will keep minorities from the polls.
More than 70 percent of African Americans who voted in recent elections cast ballots during early voting, Holder said.
"The state legislature took extremely aggressive steps to curtail the voting rights of African Americans," he said. "This is an intentional step to break a system that was working, and it defies common sense."
Governor Pat McCrory, who signed the voter law, staunchly defended the measure.
He said North Carolina will be one of 34 states to require some form of voter ID. He says it's common sense measure to protect elections.
"North Carolina will require an ID to vote in 2016, just like you are required to present an ID when flying, buying tobacco or even buying Sudafed at the local drug stores here in North Carolina," McCrory said.
As word of the lawsuit spread from Washington to Wilmington, protestors in front of Sen. Thom Goolsby's office were thrilled.
For weeks, they railed against recent actions by the General Assembly, including the voting law.
Lynn Harris doesn't buy the argument that the federal lawsuit threatens state's rights.
"That's what they said about Jim Crow laws, too, and if it were still up to state's rights, a lot of state would still have Jim Crow laws on the books."
Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis released a joint statement calling the Obama administration's claims baseless and saying the suit is an attempt to quash the will of North Carolina voters.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-09-02 11:48:52 GMT
Retiring Seventh District Congressman Mike McIntyre was inducted into The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor bestowed in the state of North Carolina. McIntyre received a certificateMore >>
Rep. Mike McIntyre has received the highest honor given by the state of North Carolina, induction into the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine. More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:30:47 GMT
Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover) and Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover) are spearheading an effort to get Gov. Pat McCrory to call a special session of the General Assembly to deal solely with economic developmentMore >>
Local lawmakers' request for a special session is being met with some opposition tonight. Reps. Ted Davis & Susi Hamilton of New Hanover County believe a session focused solely on economic development is needed. But one conservative group is opposing the need for lawmakers to meet again to increase the JDIG program.More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:37:34 GMT
Republican leaders in the General Assembly say they have reached a compromise deal on implementing new coal ash regulations, and forcing Duke Energy to close all 33 of its coal ash ponds across North Carolina. AccordingMore >>
House and senate lawmakers in the NC General Assembly passed a bill mandating cleanup of all Duke Energy coal ash ponds by the year 2029. The action follows a massive spill of coal ash into the Dan River in February from a company site in Eden. You can click on a link inside this story to see the specifics of the bill, which is now headed to the Governor's desk.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-08-19 01:51:31 GMT
The Film and Entertainment Grant Fund proposal will go back in front of state lawmakers tomorrow and Wednesday, after House and Senate conferees made slight changes to the proposal already approved inMore >>
It appears lawmakers are moving forward with a grant fund that will replace the current Film Incentive Tax Credit that has been in place to lure film and television productions to North Carolina.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-08-18 21:30:44 GMT
Governor Pat McCrory is appointing Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin as the new Chief Justice of North Carolina's Supreme Court. Judge Martin will replace the current Chief Justice, Sarah Parker, whoMore >>
Governor Pat McCrory's decision to elevate Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin to be the new Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court is being met with criticism from Judge Ola Lewis of Brunswick County, who is opposing Martin for the seat in the November General Election.More >>
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