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North Carolina cities OK ban on hairstyle discrimination

Two city councils in North Carolina have unanimously passed ordinances protecting against discrimination for wearing hairstyles such as braids, dreadlocks or afros.

N.C. troopers put on standby ahead of security concerns at state capitol

  Host of problems slows the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine in NC

  Gov. Cooper sending 550 N.C. National Guard troops to Raleigh and Washington, D.C.

NHC teacher suspended after smoking on Zoom in front of students

Va. teen killed by exploding grenade that ATF says may have been purchased at N.C. thrift store

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper calls for President Trump to resign or be removed from office

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Gov. Cooper extends modified ‘Stay at Home’ order for 3 more weeks

  New rules in 2021 require hospitals to make prices more transparent

Court: NC domestic violence order rule harms LGBT people

Newby takes oath as 30th NC Supreme Court chief justice

  ‘North Carolina lost a giant today’ Longtime state political leader Marc Basnight dies at 73

  Atrium Health administering COVID-19 vaccine to non-critical staff, despite state regulations

STATE: Around one million gallons of hog waste spills into creek that feeds Trent River in N.C.

An investigation is underway after the state says a massive hog waste spill found its way into the Trent River.

N.C. health officials add vaccination data to COVID-19 data dashboard

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has added data on people vaccinated to their COVID-19 dashboard.

  Gov. Cooper allows N.C. bars, restaurants to serve cocktails for carryout, delivery

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has signed off to allow bars and restaurants to sell mixed alcoholic beverages for carry-out.

Gov. Cooper thanks health care workers at Duke University Hospital, observes COVID-19 vaccinations

Governor Roy Cooper visited Duke University hospital to thank health care workers and observe COVID-19 vaccinations underway.

  N.C. Fraternal Order of Police president frustrated with fatal shootings of police in the state

Atrium Health among first in southeast to receive second FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine

  UNC suspends 3 fraternities that feds linked to drug ring

  North Carolina health leaders answer frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 strikes 37 North Carolina Highway Patrol cadets

  School districts hired company for financial advice and auditing. CPA board says that’s a conflict.

  21 arrested in ‘large scale drug ring’ that funneled more than $1.5M worth of drugs through N.C. colleges

Authorities have arrested 21 people who they say were involved in a “large scale drug ring” that funneled more than $1.5 million worth of drugs onto or near college campuses in North Carolina.

  North Carolina foothills preparing for ice

Officials say they are trying to stay ahead of the storm that was expected overnight. Sleet and freezing rain could begin early Wednesday morning.

Who’s getting stuck first? Vaccine details still unclear as NC hospitals receive first shipments

As the first doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine arrives in North Carolina, the hospitals charged with administering the vaccine have provided few specific details about how the first doses will be distributed.

  Bustling bars, restaurants quiet down on Friday as curfew goes into effect

The modified stay at home order is in place until January 8.

2-year-old killed after being hit by car in hit-and-run in Wilkes County, N.C.

A 2-year-old child was killed when they were hit by a car in a hit-and-run in Wilkes County .

N.C. prisons pushing to process influx of new inmates, transport others as judge orders outside monitor

The North Carolina prison system is pushing process an influx of new inmates into state prisons from county jails by year end, according to documents obtained by WBTV.

  N.C. Gov. Cooper issues modified ‘Stay at Home’ order with new restrictions as COVID-19 trends worsen

The governor announced that a modified stay-at-home order, Executive Order 181, will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11.

N.C. crash victims honored with permanent ‘Tree of Life’ on state capitol grounds

Crash victims across the state of North Carolina are being honored with a permanent “Tree of Life” on the state capitol grounds in Raleigh.

North Carolina health leaders report increase in hepatitis A outbreak, urge vaccination

North Carolina health leaders are reporting an increase in the hepatitis A outbreak and urging people to get vaccinated.

  Judge orders outside expert to monitor N.C. prison system’s COVID-19 actions

A judge ordered an outside expert, known as a special master, to oversee the North Carolina prison system’s response to COVID-19. He also ordered regular, ongoing testing for prison staff.

Gruesome autopsy details of murdered Ft. Bragg paratrooper revealed

An autopsy done in Greenville said authorities only recovered the severed head of a missing Fort Bragg paratrooper this past summer.

  Trials in gyms, cases delayed: With NC pandemic logjam, justice ‘slow as molasses’

Court cases across North Carolina are in flux, after more than eight months with limited function. As a result, district attorneys are having to make tough decisions on how to handle criminal cases.

  CMPD releases additional video of officer-involved shooting of Danquirs Franklin

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released additional video footage of the 2019 officer-involved shooting of Danquirs Franklin.

  Gov. Cooper signs executive order to strengthen mask mandate in N.C.

As of Monday, North Carolina reported 339,194 coronavirus cases and 5,039 deaths. The daily percent positive was at 6.6 percent.

Supply man given $1 million bond on child porn charges

A Supply man is being held in the Brunswick County jail under a $1 million bond following his arrest on child pornography-related charges.

N.C. closes prisons, moves inmates as COVID cases spike

Three state prisons have been closed, with hundreds of inmates being transferred to other facilities across the state, as COVID-19 continues to spike within the prison system.

  10 more N.C. counties reach critical level of community virus spread: ‘We are in danger’

A week after rolling out North Carolina’s county alert map to identify the state’s “viral hotspots,” Gov. Roy Cooper said 10 additional counties were in the red zone, which indicates a critical state of community spread.

  Major companies approved for N.C. job grants despite federal aid, multiple applications

North Carolina handed out millions of dollars in job retention grants to country clubs, special interest groups and one airline that also received $171 million in federal funding.

  N.C. health leaders identify state’s COVID-19 ‘viral hotspots’ with county alert system

On Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper and Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen, with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, unveiled the that’s now county alert system, which is designed to identify the counties with the highest metrics.

  Even with protections, thousands face eviction in N.C.

Thousands of North Carolinians have been forced from their homes this year, despite a pair of orders from the Governor banning evictions Leegraciea Lewis, who was forced from her apartment and is now living in an extended stay hotel, is one of them.

  North Carolina Attorney General fights robocalls in the state

We’ve all gotten those non-stop robocalls. You might ignore them sometimes, but that’s hard when your phone just keeps ringing.

  N.C. elections board reviewing video showing election irregularities after WBTV investigation

The North Carolina State Board of Elections said Friday it was reviewing video taken inside the Anson County Board of Elections building showing people voting.The video, which was first published by WBTV on Thursday.

  New video shows candidate’s husband escorting voters into early voting in Anson Co.

Video obtained by WBTV shows the husband of a candidate for local office in Anson County repeatedly escorting voters into cast their ballot. The video surfaced after county elections officials denied any existed for more than two weeks and after some video was deleted.

Your Election Day vote may not be showing up yet online. That’s normal in NC.

Election administrators across North Carolina continue to update the information of people who voted on election day, even as calls increase for that information to be made public much sooner. But the process is working on schedule, just as it always has.

  Gov. Cooper: N.C. Phase 3 reopening ‘paused’ again two weeks before Thanksgiving holiday

Indoor gathering limit reduced from 25 to 10

  Trying to figure out if your vote was counted in North Carolina? Here’s where to look

Several people are asking questions as they look to find out if their vote has been counted in North Carolina.

25-year-old Republican Cawthorn wins U.S. House in N.C.'s 11th Congressional District

Madison Cawthorn defeated Democrat Moe Davis, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

  Presidential candidates make several stops in North Carolina ahead of election day

There are 15 electoral votes up for grabs in the Tar Heel State and the candidates vying for the presidency have been working hard to win them.

  A look at how President Trump and nominee Joe Biden’s job plans could impact North Carolina

With the election right around the corner, many people are wondering how the next president will tackle the unemployment crisis.

N.C. Mayors group says it isn’t coordinating new nondiscrimination ordinance. Emails show otherwise.

The North Carolina Metro Mayors Coalition has denied that it worked to plan the introduction of new nondiscrimination ordinances in cities across the state, following a WBTV story on Monday. Emails show otherwise.

  Supreme Court leaves NC absentee ballot deadline at Nov. 12

The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to 9 days after Election Day.

Flags to fly at half-staff for N.C. native Morgan Garrett, woman killed in Navy training plane crash

Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff in honor of U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett, the Union County native who was killed in a Navy training plane crash.

  City of Charlotte working with Equality NC, other cities to craft new nondiscrimination ordinance

The City of Charlotte is working with Equality NC, the North Carolina Metro Mayors Coalition and leaders from cities across the state to draft a new nondiscrimination ordinance.

U.S. Health and Human Services sends 3.15 million antigen tests to N.C.

North Carolina will receive 3.15 million Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 point of care antigen tests from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Atrium Health announces $3.4 billion investments into Wake Forest Baptist Health and Winston-Salem area

The Atrium Health enterprise announced $3.4 billion in planned investments for Wake Forest Baptist Health and the communities it serves over the next 10 years.

  Court rulings clarify NC mail voting rules. How to make sure your ballot counts.

After months of legislative and legal fights over the rules for absentee-by-mail voting, North Carolina finally has some clarity two weeks before Election Day. Here's how to make sure your absentee ballot counts.

  Gov. Cooper: N.C. to remain ‘paused’ in Phase 3 for three more weeks

Phase 3 is being extended “because several of our trends are moving in the wrong direction,” Cooper said.

NC among the last states to make death records electronic

North Carolina will soon launch a pilot program to begin digitizing electronic death records. It is currently one of just three states still processing death certificates by hand, which has made it hard to gauge the impact of COVID-19 on the state's mortality rate.

  Innocent men were sent to prison and released decades later. Now Gov. Cooper won’t pardon them

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has refused to meet with or take any action to pardon four men who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. As a result, those men cannot get any compensation from the state.

  ‘Thank you.’ WBTV’s Steve Crump inducted into Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame

Steve Crump joins the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame alongside a Pulitzer Prize winner, a Washington Post columnist, and one of Kentucky’s longest-tenured sports reporters.

  Cal Cunningham asked repeatedly about more possible affair allegations, doesn’t fully answer

In total, Cunningham was asked four times about whether more allegations could surface in the future.

Cooper appoints new NC elections board pick after withdrawal

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has picked another Republican to join the State Board of Elections.

  NC prison still accepting new inmates despite outbreak of COVID-19

New prisoners keep arriving at the Piedmont Correctional Institution in Salisbury, even as the prison grapples with an outbreak of COVID-19. The prison has been on 'red status' for an influx in COVID-19 cases but continues to accept dozens of prisoners.

Emails reveal NC’s early steps to prepare for pandemic

Emails from North Carolina's top health officials reveal the steps taken to prepare for a global pandemic, including a wake-up call for DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen when she saw China build a hospital in ten days to handle an influx in patients.

Cal Cunningham offers apology for ‘hurt’ caused by extramarital affair allegations

North Carolina Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham offered an apology Wednesday night as he’s now under investigation by the US Army Reserve following revelations he may have had an extramarital affair.

New Cal Cunningham texts revealed as personal scandal roils critical N.C. Senate race

Previously undisclosed text messages obtained by The Associated Press and additional interviews show that the relationship extended beyond suggestive texts to an intimate encounter as recently as July.

  Absentee ballots hang in limbo as NC court fight drags on

Roughly 10,000 N.C. absentee ballots hang in limbo while multiple courts consider the final regulations for which absentee ballots should be allowed to count.

Jill Biden to visit two North Carolina cities Tuesday

Jill Biden, the wife of presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, is visiting two cities in North Carolina on Tuesday.

  North Carolina moves into Phase 3 of reopening

Phase 3 will begin Friday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. and last through Friday, Oct. 23.

Tillis, Cunningham spar over Supreme Court, absentee voting

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis and Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham sparred on issues related to the Supreme Court and absentee voting during a senate debate.

NC elections board released closed meeting minutes, memos after vote scrutiny

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has released meeting minutes and a legal memo related to a vote it took in closed session last week.

  President Trump signs Executive Order on pre-existing conditions in Charlotte

President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order aimed at helping Americans with pre-existing conditions with their healthcare coverage, among other things, during his trip to Charlotte Thursday.

  Resignation of NC elections board Republicans raises questions about closed session vote

The resignation of the two Republican members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections late Wednesday night has raised new questions about a vote, taken by the board in a closed session, that would ease some legal requirements pertaining to absentee by mail ballots.

Police: Protesters put casket of cow manure in front of Asheville police department

Police say protesters have put a casket of dirt and cow manure in front of the Asheville Police Department Wednesday night.

North Carolina city votes to reduce police budget by 3%

A North Carolina city has voted to decrease its police budget by 3% amid calls from protestors to cut the funds in half.

Girlfriend of suspect in shooting death of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant in N.C. arrested

The girlfriend of the suspect in the shooting death of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant in Wilson has been arrested.

Notre Dame-Wake Forest football game postponed due to COVID-19 cases

Notre Dame’s football game vs. Wake Forest has been postponed after positive COVID-19 tests landed 13 Fighting Irish players in isolation and another 10 in quarantine.

  Gov. Cooper: Large outdoor venues likely able to open at 7% capacity next week

North Carolina is taking another step towards Phase 3 of reopening.