North Carolina

NC man, Texas girlfriend posed inside the Capitol on Jan. 6. Next stop: A courtroom

Family holds funeral for Beaufort County man who died in attack on Pearl Harbor

Franklin Graham believes Jesus would take COVID vaccine. He’s still catching grief.

Defendant flees North Carolina courtroom during lunch break

3 protesters arrested after Asheville disbands homeless camp

  WATCH: Fish caught by hungry bird, then dropped from the sky, lands on trucker’s windshield

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No dice: Judge rejects challenge against NC casino plans

  Here’s a first look at what $50 million in soccer renovations brings to BofA Stadium

Fairness watchword at NC transgender sports ban hearing

  Cicada season coming over next few weeks

$40,000 reward offered for information on deaths of three N.C. women

Morganton elementary schools placed on ‘soft lockdown’ during search for ‘dangerous’ man

  Union Co. charter school coach killed in shootout involving drug cartel in N.C.

The incident happened at a mobile home park on Wyatt Road Lot 27 in Green Level, North Carolina.

  Former N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory announces bid for U.S. Senate in 2022: “I’m in”

Pat McCrory created a campaign website announcing his run for North Carolina’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2022.

  Kinston (N.C.) city leaders discuss controversial arrest caught on video

Two police officers have been placed on administrative leave after the video of David Bruton’s arrest went viral.

North Carolina is the 5th best state in America, study says

North Carolina is ranked as the fifth best state in America, according to recent survey.

  Pause in Johnson & Johnson use means big changes for clinics at App State and Lees McRae

Warrants allege former teacher, coach engaged in sex acts with children under his care

Firearms sales continue to rise in North Carolina

  Carolinas halt administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine amid clot reports

‘It was just pure joy’: Charlotte family reunites after getting COVID-19 vaccine

Burke County man sentenced to 28 to 35 years for involvement in two 2016 deaths

Charlotte’s Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am will be Roy Williams Day to honor iconic coach

Charlotte’s Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am will be Roy Williams Day in honor of the now-retired legendary North Carolina Tar Heels basketball coach.

FAMILY: Baby in car when mom shot & killed in N.C. hotel parking lot

Shannelle Patterson was shot in a car outside the BridgePointe Hotel and Marina in New Bern on Saturday.

  How a shortage of doctors impacts medical care in North Carolina’s rural areas

This kind of data is why WBTV and the company that owns us - Gray Television - is making a commitment to report on efforts to Bridge the Great Health Divide.

Here are the latest learning plans for schools in our area

Many students in our area are heading back to the classroom in some capacity, but not all districts support the same plan.

Police investigating woman’s death at North Carolina jail

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that 37-year-old Tania Shepherd appears to be at least the third person to die in the last 10 months while in the jail operated by the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office or in the custody of the sheriff’s office.

Ray Lambert, D-Day survivor, WWII torch bearer, dies at 100 at N.C. home

A friend, Dr. Darrell Simpkins, said Lambert died Friday at his home in Seven Lakes, North Carolina.

UNC eyes new names for 3 buildings tied to white supremacy

A university commission asked for the name changes, saying the three men “occupied high positions of influence and public trust” and used their power to oppress Black people.

Wake Forest man charged in Capitol riots

Stephen Horn of Wake Forest was reported to the FBI after his photo appeared on a social media post by New York Times Magazine.

  Publix pharmacies in NC will open COVID-19 vaccine appointments on Monday

North Carolina residents can book coronavirus vaccine appointments at Publix pharmacies starting Monday, adding more options to a growing list of distribution venues.

CDC finds no reason for concern with Johnson & Johnson vaccine following limited reactions

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services worked with the CDC and Wake County Public Health Department to investigate the limited number of cases where reactions were reported with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

3 local teachers among finalists for 2021 N.C. Teacher of the Year

Cecelia Sizoo-Roberson, Erin Ellington and Jeremy White are the teachers in the WBTV-viewing area who are nominated for the award.

  Duke University experts weigh in on vaccine distribution, vaccine passports and more

A panel of Duke experts hosted a webinar on Wednesday where they discussed the coronavirus pandemic, along with topics such as herd immunity, vaccine distribution and the possibility of vaccine passports.

  COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opens for everyone age 16+ in North Carolina

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility will open to all North Carolina residents age 16 and older on Wednesday, April 7.

WPD asks for public’s help in locating woman wanted on forgery charges in Kentucky

According to a Facebook post from the WPD, 52-year-old Rhonda Jean Clemmons was last seen on April 2.

Man jailed under $750K bond for alleged statutory rape of girl younger than 15 in Alexander County

Joshua Paul Reese, from Taylorsville, was charged with felony statutory rape of a 13 to 15-year-old.

  ‘It’s a great fit’: Former Tar Heel player, coach Matt Doherty reflects on program’s new leader

Hubert Davis was named as the men’s basketball program’s first Black head coach on Monday.

N.C. Democrats want GOP to condemn Congressman Murphy tweet

On Saturday, the Greenville Republican posted and then removed a tweet invoking the September 11th terror attacks.

Assistant principal fatally shot himself hours after arrest for sex offenses against student, officials say

An assistant principal at Noble Middle School fatally shot himself hours after he was arrested on allegations of having an inappropriate relationship with a former student in the 1990′s.

Police: N.C. officer has died in single-vehicle crash

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the officer was Brent Nelson Hall, 26, of Clinton.

N.C. congressman faces criticism over deleted tweet in response to Muslim congresswoman

Following Friday’s Capitol grounds attack that saw a police officer killed, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota tweeted her condolences but also feelings about how the attack could have been worse.

Police: N.C. boy, 8, fatally shoots himself with unsecured gun

State law regulates the storage of firearms to protect minors.

Two charged with murder after North Carolina child disappeared

Police last week began an investigation into the disappearance of a 6-month-old girl.

Neighbors, officials react to overnight shooting in Wilmington

Three people are dead after a shooting in Wilmington Saturday morning

UPDATE: Police release names of victims in Wilmington mass shooting

Mass shooting in Wilmington, seven people shot, three dead

N.C. Gov. orders U.S., state flags lowered in honor of Capitol Police

Following the events that unfolded in the U.S. Capitol Friday afternoon, all U.S. and North Carolina flags will be flown at half-staff through the sunset of April 6.

N.C. man to run 750 miles for autism awareness; will end journey in Surfside Beach

He has been running ultramarathons since the 1990s, but this will undoubtedly be his greatest challenge yet.

Four hurt after massive fire rips through Carolina Beach condominium complex

Three people jumped from the second and third floor balconies and four were transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Assistant principal found dead in home hours after arrest for sex offenses against student

An assistant principal at Noble Middle School who was arrested early Friday morning for sex offenses against a student which allegedly took place in the early 1990s has been found dead in his home.

  Legendary UNC basketball coach Roy Williams retiring after nearly 50-year career

Williams led UNC to three NCAA championships and is retiring with 903 wins as a college basketball head coach. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Freeze potential has N.C. fruit growers concerned

The crop can take some freezing weather but not extended for hours. The key will be how cold it gets and for how long.

Amtrak’s new vision offers ability to ride train from Charlotte to Carolina coast and more

Amtrak released a map, proposing new routes and upgrades going all across the United States by 2035 based off President Joe Biden’s massive $2 trillion infrastructure plan.

NC bill would halt abortions on basis of race, Down syndrome

North Carolina Republicans filed a bill this week to prohibit the procedure if the pregnant woman is seeking it due to the unborn child’s race or the detection of the presence of Down syndrome.

  Charlotte-area productions among movies fueling return to film in 2021 for N.C.

After pressing pause on much of 2020 due to COVID-19, film production in North Carolina is back in full swing and is currently at a six-year high, according to a news release from Governor Roy Cooper’s office.

Debate begins on N Carolina absentee voting deadline changes

Current law mandates ballot envelopes must be postmarked by the election date and received within three days to be counted.

  ‘Heartache is still here’: N.C. community still grieving after dog shot to death outside country store

His owner called him a “gentle giant” who loved everyone he met.

North Carolina NAACP sues to have Confederate monument removed

They say the monument’s presence poses a threat to public safety and stands in violation of the North Carolina Constitution.

  Teen vaccine data showing effectiveness for 12-to-15-year-olds is encouraging for schools, experts say

Pfizer says the data shows 100 percent on the teens in the vaccine group did not catch COVID-19. Sinai calls these numbers preliminary. She says 2,200 participants is not enough to get an exact number. She says the real-world numbers will be close to 100 percent effective but not quite.

Gov. Cooper appoints first Native American woman to head cabinet department in N.C. history

Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Pamela Brewington Cashwell to lead the North Carolina Department of Administration as Secretary.

Body of father who tried to save son recovered in N.C. river

Authorities say they have recovered the body of a missing father, two days after his son was found in the Neuse River in North Carolina.

  ‘She was my life partner’: Husband of woman killed in road rage reflects on his loss

A grieving husband is reflecting on the loss of his wife in a senseless act of violence along I-95 in Robeson County.

Gov. Roy Cooper signs executive order to extend moratorium preventing N.C. evictions

The extension of North Carolina’s statewide residential eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021 coordinates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s recent extension of the nationwide moratorium through the same date.

  Man charged after admitting to shooting, killing beloved dog outside Caldwell County store

The dog, “Rocky,” was fatally shot at Betsy’s Store in the Wilson’s Creek Community.

Democrats renew call for North Carolina to pass LGBT package

North Carolina Democratic lawmakers introduced a string of bills on Tuesday to provide greater protections for LGBTQ residents.

  NC lawmakers seek to address ‘crisis in literacy’ by shifting to phonics-based education

North Carolina lawmakers seek to address a "crisis in literacy" by shifting teaching methods to the classic phonics-based approached.

Robeson County Sheriff’s Office releases picture of suspect vehicle from deadly road rage shooting

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office has released a picture of the suspect vehicle involved in a deadly road rage shooting that took the life of a mother of six.

N.C. Sen. Thom Tillis says he’ll have surgery for prostate cancer

The Republican said he expects to make a full recovery, in part because the cancer was detected relatively early.

  Some people in N.C. concerned Walgreens is scheduling 1st and 2nd Pfizer doses 4 weeks apart

Per the CDC, it is recommended that Pfizer vaccine doses are spaced 21 days apart and that Moderna doses are spaced 28 days apart.

Body of missing 5-year-old found in N.C. river on fifth day of search for father, son

Wayne County spokesman Joel Gillie says around 2 p.m. they located the body of Braylin Holman.

  N.C. Senator Thom Tillis announces cancer diagnosis, upcoming surgery

Tillis said he never showed any symptoms, and stressed the importance of routine screenings.

Prosecutors ask court to jail Proud Boys leader before trial

The Marine Corps veteran was arrested on March 17 in North Carolina after he and three other alleged Proud Boys leaders were indicted on conspiracy charges.

Over $31K raised for family of woman killed in Robeson County road rage shooting

The donations are pouring in for the woman killed in a road rage shooting in Robeson County.

Sheriff’s office offers $10,000 reward for information in deadly Robeson County road rage shooting

Detectives continue to search for a vehicle involved in a deadly road rage shooting Thursday on Interstate 95 in Robeson County that killed a Pennsylvania woman.

  100-percent capacity allowed in some places under N.C. order, several COVID-19 restrictions eased

North Carolina has majorly eased several COVID-19 restrictions, allowing for maximum capacity limits at some places under the current executive order.

DOT installs America’s 1st World War II Heritage City signs

The national designation by the Secretary of the Interior was announced by President Donald Trump at the USS Battleship North Carolina on September 2, 2020.

Gov. Cooper announces $5K reward in missing Bladen County woman case

On Friday, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the state is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the disappearance of 53-year-old Judith Deavers Hyder.

N.C. mother accused of beating child with belt, homemade paddle

Columbus County investigators say a tornado drill at a local elementary school helped reveal alleged child abuse.

  Sheriff: Mother of 6 killed in road rage shooting on I-95 South in N.C.

Authorities have responded to a shooting that occurred Thursday on Interstate 95 in Robeson County.

Claremont, N.C. man arrested for involvement in Capitol riots

James “Les” Little was reported to the FBI tip line after he was found to have sent texts to a family member confirming his participation in the riots.