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NC Department of Revenue to close Raleigh headquarters after employee tests positive for COVID-19

The North Carolina Department of Revenue is closing its Raleigh headquarters Monday after an employee tested positive for coronavirus, according to a news release.

NC State Representative, former Durham County commissioner MaryAnn Black dies

N.C. Treasurer Dale Folwell tests positive for coronavirus

NC delays House Republican primary runoff due to coronavirus

  State Treasurer says state retirement fund remains strong amid shaky market

  NC Sen. Burr warned crowd about coronavirus in February, sold up to $1.6M in stocks

Former S.C. Governor Beasley says he has tested positive for COVID-19

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Trump clinches GOP nomination with Tuesday primary wins

NC Lt. Gov. Forest challenges Gov. Cooper’s authority to close restaurants

  Sen. Lindsey Graham going into self-quarantine as ‘precautionary measure’

S.C.'s longest-serving black senator won’t seek re-election in 2020

Mark Meadows will self-quarantine after potential contact with coronavirus patient at CPAC

President Trump names NC Congressman Mark Meadows as new White House chief of staff

President Trump holds leads against Biden, Sanders in latest Mason-Dixon poll

A new poll is giving some insight into how some voters are feeling about the presidential candidates.

  Joe Biden projected to win NC Democratic presidential primary, other state primary winners declared

CBS News projects Joe Biden to win the North Carolina Democratic presidential primary,

Judge wins re-election despite scrutiny over handling of cases

A Mecklenburg County District Court Judge won re-election Tuesday night, despite weeks of scrutiny over her handling of cases.

Charlotte GOP supporters gather for Super Tuesday watch party

Several GOP supporters gathered at Blackstone Shooting Sports in west Charlotte Tuesday night for Super Tuesday watch party.

  Forest, Republicans tell supporters to prepare for tough fight in November election

  Gov. Roy Cooper and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest win NC Gov. primaries

GOP Sen. Thom Tillis, Dem Cal Cunningham win NC Senate primaries

NC Bojangles’ locked out Trump supporters after Charlotte MAGA rally, chain apologizes

  Tuesday is primary day. Here’s what you need to know.

  Mecklenburg County director of elections speaks on preparedness ahead of Super Tuesday

  President Trump holds ’Keep America Great’ rally in Charlotte, N.C.

This happened on the eve of Super Tuesday, and North Carolina is one of several states where delegates are up for grabs.

  Voting in the N.C. primary this Super Tuesday? Don’t forget to bring an umbrella.

Many are heading to the polls for the North Carolina Democratic Primary on Super Tuesday, but unfortunately it could also be super wet for those standing in lines outside.

Pete Buttigieg is dropping out of 2020 presidential race

Buttigieg won the most delegates in the Iowa caucuses and then came in second in the New Hampshire primary, but struggled to come up with a path forward after losses in Nevada and South Carolina.

  Joe Biden projected as winner of South Carolina Democratic presidential primary

CBS News projects former Vice President Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 South Carolina Democratic presidential primary.

  Tom Steyer drops out of presidential race

Tom Steyer is dropping out of the presidential race following his projected third place finish in South Carolina Saturday, CBS News reports.

President Trump attacks Democrats, rallies supporters in S.C. hours before primary

The president addressed a packed stadium in North Charleston on Friday night.

What S.C. voters should know before heading to the polls Saturday

The 2020 South Carolina Democratic Primary will be held Saturday with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

President Trump fires up S.C. supporters the day before state’s Democratic Primary

President Donald Trump told a crowd of thousands at the North Charleston Coliseum that it is “an incredible time for our nation.”

Candidates make final pitch to S.C. voters before Saturday’s primary

After a week under the political spotlight, the state of South Carolina will take to the polls for the Democratic primary.

  Buttigieg rallies voters in Rock Hill two days before SC primary

A crowd of 900 showed up at the Rock Hill Sports and Event Center Thursday night to see Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg host a town hall event with the South Carolina primary only two days away.

  Congressman Joe Clyburn makes influential endorsement ahead of S.C. primary

Democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn announced he is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination in the presidential race.

Candidates square off in Democratic presidential debate showdown in Charleston

Democratic rivals were hoping to knock Bernie Sanders off his front-runner perch in a debate before a critical South Carolina primary that could dramatically reshape the race.

  Reporter’s Notebook: Reflecting on past election coverage ahead of S.C. Democratic debate

Hours before Tuesday night’s Democratic Presidential Debate in Charleston, South Carolina, it seems to make sense for this reporter to take a mental walk down memory lane.

  NC Governor orders flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of lawmaker Linda Johnson

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to remain at half-staff until sunset on Friday in honor of NC House of Representative Linda Johnson, who passed away on Tuesday.

  Cabarrus mourns passing of lawmaker Linda Johnson

North Carolina Representative Linda Johnson (R-Cabarrus) has passed away according to several sources close to the family.

  Corruption trial for Durham billionaire starts in Charlotte federal court

The trial of a Durham billionaire and two associates accused of trying to bribe the North Carolina Insurance Commissioner is set to begin in a Charlotte federal court on Wednesday.

  Presidential candidates get ready to descend on Carolinas

Michael Bloomberg has already opened up an office in the Queen City, Senator Bernie just visited and Pete Buttigieg is hosting an event later this month.

NC Democrats file ethics complaint against Tillis. His campaign calls it ‘frivolous’

The Tillis campaign denounced the complaint as “frivolous” and a “pathetic attempt to distract” from the 2020 campaign.

  Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders holds campaign rally in Charlotte

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hosted a rally in Charlotte Friday as the 2020 Presidential Election moves ahead.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles endorses Mike Bloomberg in presidential race

Lyles helped introduce Bloomberg when he opened his Charlotte headquarters in December.

  Trump in Charlotte for ‘opportunity now’ summit after impeachment acquittal

Air Force One has landed in Charlotte, where President Donald Trump will speak at Central Piedmont Community College a day after celebrating his impeachment acquittal by the Senate.

President Trump highlights proposed legislation that would allow victims to sue sanctuary cities

During his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Donald Trump highlighted a legislation introduced by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) that would allow victims to sue sanctuary cities.

  Judge in Silent Sam case had frequent contact with UNC lawyer in days before lawsuit was filed

The judge who approved the settlement between the UNC Board of Governors and the Sons of Confederate Veterans regarding the Silent Sam statue was in frequent contact with an attorney for the UNC BOG regarding the case before it was filed, text messages show.

  Raleigh lawyer pleads guilty to lobbying-related charges after WBTV investigation

Raleigh lawyer and lobbyist Mark Bibbs pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor charges in a Wake County courtroom Monday. His charges came as the result of a WBTV investigation.

  Commissioners spend thousands on travel expenses with no budget to reign them in

WBTV has numerous questions still unanswered about commissioner travel expenses, including why records for an expensive trip to Pittsburgh were not originally turned over by county staff.

Virginia General Assembly working on bill that would elect President based on popular vote

The Virginia General assembly is working on passing a bill that would elect a President based on popular vote, instead of Electoral College.

McMaster discusses education, goals in State of the State address

Watch it live at 7 p.m. right here on wistv.com.

  Cabarrus County commissioners approve support of second amendment resolution

The board amended Tuesday night’s meeting agenda to add a discussion and potential resolution regarding the second amendment.

  Money, Politics and Panthers: Charlotte elected leaders receive donations from Panthers brass right before MLS talks

Tepper made a $5,200 contribution, the maximum allowed at the time it was made, to Mayor Vi Lyles campaign committee.

  Charlotte city council member is pushing for a fare-less public transportation system

There is a chance that CATS and light rail services could become fare-less. One city leader proposed it at the council retreat this week.

  Lawmakers add funding to scholarship for children of wartime veterans

The North Carolina General Assembly unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would appropriate an additional $2.4 million in funding for a state scholarship for children of wartime veterans.The bill was introduced following a series of stories by WBTV.

  Charlotte prepares for RNC but won’t share details showing how

The city hasn’t released when their RNC committees were formed, when they meet, who their members are or what their general scope of work is.

  No prop tax increase needed - for now - by Charlotte city council

That’s one of the main takeaways for Charlotte homeowners during the second day of Charlotte city council’s annual retreat.

  NC Senate won’t override budget veto, leaving teachers without pay raise

The North Carolina Senate does not have the votes to override Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the budget passed last year, senate Republican leaders announced Tuesday morning.

  NC House to consider more money to fund scholarship for children of wartime veterans

The North Carolina House of Representatives will consider a bill next week that would add an additional $2.4 million in funding to support a state scholarship for children of wartime veterans.

  WBTV files lawsuit to obtain Cooper travel records

WBTV has filed a new lawsuit seeking records related two two trips Governor Roy Cooper took last year for political fundraisers in New York City.

  Mecklenburg County commissioners discuss mandated voting machines

It’s going to cost taxpayers about $10 million for the upgrades, and being forced into this is rubbing some Commissioners the wrong way.

  Charlotte experts weigh in on Iraq airstrike that killed Iranian leader

Some political experts say the timing of this strike - ahead of the 2020 presidential election - is significant.

Sen. Lindsey Graham tweets support of president’s airstrike that killed Iranian general

President Donald Trump said he ordered the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani because he was “plotting to kill” many Americans.

NC Attorney General will appeal Voter ID decision, but won’t seek to require ID for upcoming primaries

Attorney General Josh Stein announced his position on what comes next for Voter ID

“Sordid history” cited as judge blocks NC’s voter ID law

U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Biggs’ decision was issued Tuesday and prevents North Carolina from requiring voters to provide ID.

  Federal judge temporarily blocks NC’s voter ID law

A federal judge has put a temporary hold on North Carolina’s voter ID law, according to the NC NAACP.

In the state that passed HB2, two transgender candidates running for legislative seats

In North Carolina, there are only a few LGBT state lawmakers, and no lawmakers who are openly transgender.

  UNC Charlotte professor weighs in on Trump impeachment ahead of 2020 Charlotte RNC

Though President Trump is the third president to be impeached, he is the first to potentially campaign for a second term after his impeachment proceedings.

  City leaders focus on uptown development, transportation ahead of MLS changes

City leaders - in anticipation of the entertainment and business expected from the new sports team - have honed in on long-standing projects that would revitalize the area.

  Speaker, staff ignored requests for additional money for children of wartime veterans scholarship

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore and a top staffer ignored repeated requests for additional funding for a scholarship that supports children of wartime veterans, new emails provided to WBTV show.

Rep. Meadows announces he won’t run for reelection

Republican North Carolina congressman Mark Meadows, a top Trump ally, says he won't run for reelection.

  Charlotte crowd gathers to rally for President Trump’s impeachment

People braved the rain in Charlotte for a rally at Marshall Park. Many were holding signs, saying the president is not above the law.

  Governor directs scholarships for children of wartime veterans be paid at full amount following WBTV investigation

Governor Roy Cooper took steps on Monday to ensure children of wartime veterans--including children whose parents were wounded or killed in combat--received a full room and board allowance as part of a state scholarship.

  Children of wartime veterans scramble to repay money after state makes last-minute cut to scholarship

Children of wartime veterans—including children whose parents have been killed or injured in combat—are scrambling to adjust to major cuts to a promised state-funded scholarship weeks before the semester is set to end.

  NC voting machine reliability brought up as concern after issues with similar machines in other state

The North Carolina State Board of Elections is taking a closer look at voting machines they plan on purchasing after the same company’s machines were part of an election nightmare in a county in Pennsylvania.

  Concord City Council member stepping down as Mayor Pro Tem after Sept. arrest, interim Mayor Pro Tem named

A Concord City Council member is stepping down as Mayor Pro Tem after a September arrest, and an interim Mayor Pro Tem has been named.

  New congressional maps in North Carolina will stand for 2020, court rules

A three-judge panel ruled Monday that new congressional maps passed by state lawmakers last month can stand for the 2020 election. The court also opened filing for U.S. House candidates.

  Legislative report: ‘Criminal violations may have occurred’ in Governor’s handling of pipeline permit

A report released Wednesday morning by investigators hired by an oversight committee of the North Carolina General Assembly concluded that “criminal violations may have occurred” in the process used by Governor Roy Cooper and his staff to issue a critical permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang will hold a rally in Rock Hill

Yang will hold a public rally at 7 p.m. Friday at the Old Town Amphitheater in Rock Hill at 144 E. Black St., according to his campaign’s website.

Super PAC support for Republican Women in 2020

Right now, there are only 13 Republican women serving in the U.S. House, the lowest number since 1995.Republicans say they want to change that.

North Carolina lawmakers redraw state’s congressional map

North Carolina’s congressional map has been redrawn with district lines that endanger reelection prospects for two Republicans next year

  FBI, Secret Service, CMPD, plus others plan for security at the RNC. Still no official word on security perimeter size for Uptown.

When a city hosts any kind of political convention, security risks are a top concern and it’s no different for the Republican National Convention which is less than 10 months away. Law enforcement agencies including CMPD, the secret service and the FBI all work together to ensure that citizens and