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  Dan Bishop sworn into Congress in Washington, D.C.

Republican Dan Bishop was officially sworn in as the congressman for North Carolina’s ninth district Tuesday night in Washington D.C.

Despite critiques, NC legislature on pace to remap on time

High school cheerleaders ‘on probation’ after posing with Trump banner, NC district says

  Governor Cooper urges business leaders to join him in his battle with lawmakers

  Memo to Charlotte council: 911 comms center shelved, convention center over budget

  York County prepares to use new voting machines next month

  NC House Republicans override Gov. Cooper’s budget veto while he’s at 9/11 memorial event

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  US Congressman elect Dan Bishop gives credit to President Trump for win

  Former Charlotte councilwoman doesn’t regret controversial tweets after losing election

Trump jubilant in tweet blitz over NC victories, calls it ‘big night’ for Republicans

  AP: Dan Bishop wins special election for NC-9 house seat

  Dan McCready loses special election for NC-9 house seat

  Mecklenburg County District 9 voters carry concerns into special elections after last year’s election fraud

  Charlotte mayor cruises to primary victory, incumbents lead city council at-large primary

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles won the mayoral primary election in dominating fashion, and four incumbents appear to be headed to victory in the city council at-large primary.

  Exclusive: President Donald Trump speaks to WBTV about Dorian, elections and the RNC

President Trump carved out a few minutes to talk exclusively with WBTV’s Christine Sperow to discuss Hurricane Dorian, NC-9′s special election, the 2020 presidential election and the Republican National Convention in Charlotte.

Trump: NC will rebound from Dorian quickly,’ ‘beautifully’

Trump began the rally talking about Hurricane Dorian and those groups who responded to help those affected.

Vice President Mike Pence visits Wingate University, pulls for Dan Bishop in last minute push for congressional seat

Tuesday’s District 9 special election is prompting both the President and Vice President to make a trip to North Carolina. Vice President Mike Pence stopped by Wingate University to show his support for Republican Dan Bishop.

McCready campaign keeps things small in contrast to big visit from Trump

Vice President Mike Pence’s day in NC before District 9′s special election

  Early voting extended for several District 9 counties following Dorian impacts

  Bishop, McCready call for NCSBE to extend early voting due to Hurricane Dorian

VP Mike Pence to stump for Dan Bishop in heated District 9 race

  NC court issues ruling for state legislative district maps to be redrawn

North Carolina judges toss districts drawn for GOP advantage

A North Carolina trial court has rejected state legislative district maps, saying lawmakers took extreme advantage from drawing districts to help elect a maximum number of Republican lawmakers

  NC National Guard soldiers go without pay, health insurance as they prepare for combat deployment

Thousands of soldiers with the North Carolina National Guard and 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team have gone months without pay since being mobilized in preparation to a deployment to the Middle East.

  Former Vice President Joe Biden makes campaign stop in Rock Hill

Former Vice President and Democratic Presidential frontrunner Joe Biden made a stop in Rock Hill, S.C. Thursday morning.

  A tale of two Dans: Bishop, McCready go toe-to-toe in NC-9 debate

With just weeks remaining until the special election for North Carolina’s ninth district congressional district seat, the two leading candidates took part in a special debate Wednesday evening.

Bill addressing ballot ‘harvesting’ gets initial NC House OK

Stricter rules for requesting mail-in absentee ballots in North Carolina and more severe crimes for people who collect them have received tentative approval in the state House

President Trump announces Sept. 9 rally in NC

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he will return to North Carolina for a rally on September 9.

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden is coming to Rock Hill. Here’s what we know

The event is open to the public and people can register online.

  WATCH: Malfunctioning voting machine switched votes in runoff for Mississippi governor

A video shared with WMC Action News 5 shows a voter selecting Bill Waller, only for the machine to select Tate Reeves instead.

North Carolina allows bar code ballots despite voter outcry

The State Board of Elections on Friday voted 3-2 to allow a voting-machine maker to sell equipment that converts votes into bar code data that is then tallied by the company's other machines.

  President Trump tweets about another potential rally in NC

On Thursday night, President Donald Trump tweeted, expressing excitement about another potential rally in North Carolina this year.

  Gov. Cooper vetoes bill requiring sheriffs to cooperate with ICE

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill Wednesday that would require sheriffs to cooperate with detainers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

  Here’s where to vote early for 9th District, Charlotte city elections starting Wednesday

Voting starts for the 9th Congressional District special election to fill a seat that will have been vacant for nine months.

  Charlotte teen to present resolution against gerrymandering to council

Lily Kubala, 17, says, a school government class and some research into world-wide democracies has made her see holes in the one around her.

Campaigning in SC Elizabeth Warren says plans have bipartisan appeal, the key is talking

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is portrayed as one of the most progressive Democrats in the race for the party’s nomination, but at a campaign event in Aiken, she said her plans can appeal to both sides of the aisle the trick is just communication.

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the United States, or what's called a "public charge," but the new rules, made public on Monday, detail a broader range of programs that could disqualify them.

Former unaffiliated voter back on election board as Democrat

Cooper said Wednesday that Damon Circosta of Raleigh will fill the vacancy created by Bob Cordle's departure.

Former Vice President Joe Biden to visit Charlotte in late August

Former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden will visit Charlotte in late August, campaign officials say.

  UNC System head, former UNC Health Care CEO didn’t disclose corporate board seats that paid millions on ethics forms

William Roper, the current interim president of the University of North Carolina system and former longtime CEO of the UNC Health Care System, failed to disclose his seats on the boards of major corporations between 2011 and 2019, at the same time as those corporations did business with the state.

Photos on social media raise stakes for McConnell supporters, critics

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Monday night asking Mitch McConnell for a response to a photo of his supporters appearing to grope and kiss a cardboard cutout of her.

In NC 9th District, Bishop and McCready differ on last weekend’s mass shootings

Along with two third-party candidates, Bishop and McCready are running in the special Sept. 10 election to fill the seat that’s been vacant since January. They reacted to the weekend shootings that took the lives of at least 31 people.

  Meck Commissioners warned about conducting business over email

A WBTV investigation has uncovered new evidence Mecklenburg County Commissioners were warned about conducting public business over email and that it might violate North Carolina’s open meeting laws.

  RNC unveils logo for 2020 convention, dodges questions on Charlotte City Council

RNC leaders darted from the press conference area to avoid the questions about the resolution that shot back against Trump’s “racist and xenophobic tweets and comments.”

  Elections board meets to decide future of voting days after chairman’s abrupt resignation

The North Carolina State Board of Elections met Thursday morning to continue discussions related to proposed changes in the criteria for systems used across the state to cast ballots, just days after the board's chairman abruptly resigned.

  Dowless, associates turn themselves in on new charges as attorney questions timing of indictment

McCrae Dowless and others indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday on charges related to election fraud turned themselves into a magistrate in Bladen County on Wednesday.

Dogs and cats allowed in NC breweries, taprooms. Gov. Cooper signs bill into law

The bill signed by Cooper Monday allows for pets if the brewery “is not engaged in the preparation of food on the premises.”

  NC Board of Elections Chairman resigns, apologizes for joke at elections conference

Governor Cooper’s spokesman Ford Porter issued a statement regarding NCSBE Chairman Robert Cordle’s resignation.

  McCrae Dowless, associates face new charges in NC-9 election fraud investigation

McCrae Dowless and six of his associates were indicted on allegations of election fraud stemming from the 2018 general election on Tuesday.

Feds seize nearly $1.5 million from accounts of PAC tied to mega-donor indicted in political bribery case

The FBI seized nearly $1.5 million from a political action committee tied to mega-donor Greg Lindberg, who was indicted in April on charges related to an alleged political bribery scheme.

  ‘Backlog’ at state level allows elected officials to violate campaign rules with impunity

Hundreds of candidates and elected officials in local office have been able to violate campaign rules without ever being penalized by the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Settlement expands transgender restroom rights in N Carolina

A federal judge has approved a legal settlement allowing transgender people to use restrooms matching their gender identity in many North Carolina public buildings.

  City council votes on resolution condemning hate speech after Trump rally in North Carolina

This resolution is in response to chants at a recent President Trump support rally in Greenville, N.C.

  RNC host city Charlotte votes to condemn Trump’s ‘racist and xenophobic’ comments

The Charlotte City Council on Monday night supported a resolution to “strongly condemn,” among other things, President Donald Trump’s recent call for four congresswomen to leave the United States and supporters’ recent “Send Her Back” chant during a rally in North Carolina.

NC residents make their Democratic presidential picks with their wallets

With the 2020 presidential primary still months away, North Carolinians are already voting — with their wallets.

  Mayor Lyles: Charlotte won’t ‘tolerate’ Trump rally ‘send her back’ chants at RNC 2020

Her statement was in response to “send her back” chants from the crowd at a rally for President Donald Trump in Greenville, NC on Wednesday.

N Carolina judges keep alive lawsuit against voter ID law

North Carolina judges are keeping alive a lawsuit that challenges North Carolina's new photo voter identification law as discriminating against racial minorities, but the court won't stop IDs from being required in upcoming elections

  NCGA budget has millions in earmarks for parks, water infrastructure in mostly Republican districts

A study of earmarks for local park projects and water and sewer infrastructure improvements included in the budget passed by the North Carolina General Assembly found 91 percent of the earmarked money is slated to go to Republican districts if the current budget were to become law.

‘A top-tier priority’: Trump rally highlights NC’s big role in picking next president

The big-name event is one indication of how important the state — and its 15 electoral votes — are to Trump’s re-election bid.

NCGOP announces new executive director

The North Carolina Republican Party announced who will be thier new executive director Friday.

Mississippi candidate for governor denies female reporter access

Robert Foster, a DeSoto County state representative and Republican candidate for governor, denied giving a female reporter access to him on the campaign trail unless she brought a male colleague with her.

Senator Thom Tillis introduces Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act, Meck Co. Sheriff responds

According to the press release, the proposed legislation creates a private right of civil action for the victims of sanctuary jurisdictions, allowing them to bring an action for compensatory damages against the sanctuary jurisdiction as a result of a violent crime committed by an illegal immigrant.

  Judge denies Meck GOP restraining order request against county commissioners

Mecklenburg County Republican Party Chair Chris Turner filed a lawsuit and temporary restraining order against county commissioners claiming that they violated open meeting laws by emailing and discussing budget amendments in private instead of talking about them in a public meeting.

Hearing set for Monday in Meck GOP lawsuit against county commission over budget process

Mecklenburg GOP claims county commissioners violated open meetings laws during the FY2020 budget process and that the budget should be put on hold because of it.

  Mecklenburg commissioners put quarter cent sales tax on ballot

If passed by voters, the new sales tax would generate roughly $50 million in revenue with $22.5 million going to arts and culture.

Republicans sue Meck County Commissioners over budget transparency

WBTV uncovered several emails between commissioners showing that some of them made motions, suggestions and asked questions before the budget amendment vote in May.

Gov. Cooper vetoes NC budget proposal, calls it 'an astonishing failure’

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Thursday that he will veto a budget agreement sent to his desk by the General Assembly the day before.

  G-20 leaders clash over values, face calls to protect growth

World leaders attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan that began Friday are clashing over the values that have served for decades as the foundation of their cooperation as they face calls to fend off threats to economic growth.

  Supreme Court upholds NC congressional maps in partisan gerrymandering case

The United States Supreme Court upheld congressional maps drawn by the North Carolina General Assembly in a ruling announced Thursday, capping a years-long fight.

  UNC Hospitals’ dark money contribution approved by CFO, record shows

A WBTV investigation has identified the senior UNC Hospitals administrator who approved using state money to contribute to a dark money advocacy organization earlier this year. Previously, the hospital said the payment was made in error.

AP FACT CHECK: Dems’ missteps on climate, wages in debate

A look at some of their statements and how they compare with the facts:

  Charlotte becomes the first city in U.S. to sign immigration compact

Charlotte City Council voted unanimously on Monday to pass an immigration compact, becoming the first city government in the U.S. to adopt this statement of support for the city’s immigrants.

Trump endorses North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis

President Donald Trump has endorsed North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, handing a significant political asset to the first-term Republican senator seeking reelection next year in the closely divided state.

  UNC Hospitals makes contribution to dark money group, asks for refund after WBTV investigation

The UNC Hospitals system wrote a check from a state account in January of this year that, in part, was intended to fund a dark money political organization, records obtained by WBTV show.

  McCready announces plan to lower Rx prices, bashes Bishop on healthcare record

Besides focusing on his own plan McCready criticized Bishop for his track record of votes on healthcare in North Carolina’s General Assembly.

Ala. Sen. Doug Jones reacts to Roy Moore’s second bid for Senate seat

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore announced Thursday he’ll make another run for the U.S. Senate.

  City staffers knew about Cross Charlotte Trail budget months before manager, council and public

New emails obtained by WBTV raise questions about whether some staff members attempted to “hide” information about the Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT) from the manager’s office.

  City employees facing major pay changes but HR director mum on details

The proposed policy would limit exempt employees to retaining 80 comp hours per year even though some employees currently earn in excess of 240 hours in a year.

  NC House reinstates Hurricane Recovery Committee as new reports find improper spending of relief funds

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) announced the re-reinstatement of the Hurricane Recovery Committee on Tuesday, just one day after a second report found questionable spending of money intended to help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

  Charlotte city council unanimously passes FY2020 budget

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles took the opportunity to thank the budget staff and commented how rare it was to have such widespread support for the budget.