North Carolina ‘bathroom bill’ saga lingers in election year
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is again an attractive location for big out-of-state corporations. The state no longer sits squarely in the crosshairs of culture wars over transgender rights. College basketball tournament games are back, after a one-year hiatus.
But the saga of the state's so-called bathroom bill hasn't been forgotten, and many Republican incumbents who passed House Bill 2 in 2016 are being targeted this election year, with the flap over the law still an issue.
Bob Orr: My party, tragically, is beholden to the NRA
There was once a time when the Republican Party – my party – was identified with lower taxes, smaller government, strong national defense and respect for law enforcement. But 18 years into the 21st century, one issue defines the Republican Party, its office holders, candidates and party officials – guns. Yes, the Grand Old Party, nationally, statewide and locally, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Rifle Association. Love it or hate it, no matter the rhetoric or the circumstances, the GOP's defining identity is to wrap itself in the Second Amendment right to bear arms and dance in perfect harmony to the NRA's tune.
NC Supreme Court to hear state board vs. superintendent lawsuit in February
The North Carolina Supreme Court will hear two State Board of Education lawsuits on Feb. 7, including the board's high-profile battle with State Superintendent Mark Johnson over control of the state's public school system.
That case has wound its way through the court system since December 2016, when Republican lawmakers took some of the board's powers and transferred them to Johnson, including the authority to manage the state's $10 billion education budget.
NC superintendent: State board ‘will not budge’ over power struggle
As the State Board of Education and state superintendent continue to disagree over who should have more power over North Carolina's public school system, it's unclear whether they will be able to settle their differences outside of a courtroom.
In an interview Wednesday, Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson said the board is suing him and members of the General Assembly to block a law passed in December that transfers many of the board's powers to the superintendent.
Judge temporarily blocks law shifting power from NC education board
A Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order Thursday to prevent a new law from taking effect Sunday that would strip various powers from the State Board of Education.
Convicted killer: ‘I swear on my life I didn’t do it’
A 43-year-old man who has spent the bulk of his life in prison for a murder he says he didn't commit wept Monday as he tried to convince a judge that he was wrongly convicted.
Johnny Small was convicted of killing Pam Dreher, who owned a tropical fish store in a Wilmington strip mall, during a robbery in 1988, when he was just 15.
A key witness in the case, David Bollinger, called the nonprofit North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence four years ago to say that he...
New group supporting immigration reform holds NC event
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A new organization supporting immigration reform is announcing its plans and data about the contributions of immigrants to North Carolina.
Supporters of the Reason for Reform campaign will discuss their plans Wednesday at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh. The event will feature Ann Robertson of the Robertson Immigration Law Firm and Bob Orr, a former associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and former GOP candidate for...