RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein have formally asked North Carolina judges to quickly strike down dozens of legislative districts drawn by Republicans that are...
WHITTIER, Alaska (AP) — Ships are returning with their catch to an Alaska city where an explosion and dock fire temporarily halted much of its commercial fishing industry.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a partisan gerrymandering trial beginning in North Carolina state court (all times local):
Fishing operations resume after Alaska explosion
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Commercial fishing crews have come up with an alternate plan for handling a backlog of fish after a dock was shut down in a community following an...
SIERRA MADRE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a mother bear slashed and bit a man in a Los Angeles suburb after the man's dog tried to attack the bear's cub and the bear went after the...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes won't seek re-election to the post after all, the former congressman announced Monday.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's groundbreaking Smart Start program, which helps prepare children for kindergarten, is all grown up now.
Democrat wins state’s last contested legislative race
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Democrat Rachel Hunt has won North Carolina's last contested legislative race, edging out influential GOP Rep. Bill Brawley in a recount.
Hunt declared victory last week after a provisional ballot count extended her narrow lead over Brawley in state House District 103, but Brawley requested a recount. News outlets report that the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections declared Hunt the winner Tuesday, with a 68-vote lead.
More counting puts Hunt ahead in North Carolina House race
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The counting of more ballots in an extremely close North Carolina legislative race now has the daughter of a former governor leading a chairman of a powerful House committee.
News outlets report Democrat Rachel Hunt is 64 votes ahead of Republican Rep. Bill Brawley after more absentee ballots received by Mecklenburg County were counted Friday. Brawley had a 52-vote lead after election night. Provisional and more absentee ballots will be counted next week.
Democratic gains means several GOP incumbents lose
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic successes in North Carolina General Assembly races meant several Republican incumbents won't return in 2019, while others are in races still considered too close to call.
At least seven GOP incumbents from Wake and Mecklenburg counties lost Tuesday. They include GOP Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary, the senior chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, who lost to Democrat Julie von Haefen.
Ex-governors form committee, want ads against amendments
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The opposition by North Carolina's five living ex-governors to a pair of constitutional amendments on next month's ballot has expanded to the internet and through a referendum campaign committee.
The "Five Governors Committee" was formed last month to oppose referendums to swing powers over filling judicial vacancies and the state elections board from the executive branch to the General Assembly.
5 ex-governors seek to be heard on amendment questions
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's five former living governors want state judges to hear them on why two constitutional referendums should be removed from this fall's ballots.
Democrats Jim Hunt, Mike Easley and Beverly Perdue and Republicans Jim Martin and Pat McCrory filed a request Tuesday with a three-judge panel asking that their written arguments be considered.
5 ex-North Carolina governors rebuke lawmakers on amendments
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's five living former governors delivered an extraordinary rebuke Monday to the Republican-dominated legislature for two constitutional amendments that lawmakers put on the fall ballot, saying they would shred gubernatorial power and government checks and balances if approved.
The ex-governors — three Democrats and two Republicans — gathered for a rare appearance in the old Capitol, urging voters to defeat the two November ballot questions.
PFAFFTOWN, N.C. (AP) — A powerbroker in North Carolina Democratic politics for 40 years who helped guide the elected careers of former Govs. Terry Sanford and Jim Hunt while pressing a forward-thinking mantra among state leaders has died.
Bert Bennett Jr. died Monday at age 97 at his Pfafftown home from natural causes, Salem Funerals & Cremations manager Mosby Vogler said Tuesday.
Daughter of North Carolina Gov. Hunt running for legislature
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A daughter of former four-term North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt now also wants to serve in Raleigh by getting elected to the state legislature.
Democrat Rachel Hunt announced Wednesday she would run for the state House in a Mecklenburg County district currently represented by Republican Bill Brawley, a senior chairman of the House Finance Committee.
Cooper: Business must use political capital to stop tax cuts
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper wants North Carolina business leaders to speak up for public education funding by telling the Republican-controlled legislature to block additional income tax cuts set to take effect next year.
Cooper gave the challenge Monday at the annual Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh. The conference is focusing on how to expand early childhood education and health care and their connection to a well-trained future workforce.
North Carolina bridge named for pioneering jurist
ELLERBE, N.C. (AP) — A bridge in North Carolina has been named for a judicial pioneer.
Ceremonies were held on Tuesday renaming a bridge over Interstate 73/74 in Richmond County for Judge Henry E. Frye, who grew up in the county.
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SD Quarter Horse Association draws hundreds to convention in Fort Pierre/Pierre
The South Dakota Quarter Horse Association had a big crowd and a successful weekend in Fort Pierre and Pierre for its annual convention, said Jim Hunt, one of the organizers and a board director for the American Quarter Horse Association.
“We had more than 400 people at the banquet,” he said of the event Saturday evening, Jan. 6, in the Ramkota in Pierre.
North Carolina’s 6 black justices from past, present honored
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The six living black justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court have been honored with a special ceremony.
The two current and four former justices attended Thursday's event inside the Supreme Court's courtroom. Former Govs. Jim Hunt and Beverly Perdue, who appointed some of the justices, spoke at the event, as did current Chief Justice Mark Martin.
Bridge renamed for former NC Supreme Court chief justice
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — An interstate bridge has been named after a former North Carolina Supreme Court chief justice.
A Japan-based maker of amino acids plans to invest $30 million to expand its Raleigh plant, creating about 20 jobs, officials said Monday.
Former Gov. Jim Hunt, who first recruited Ajinomoto North America Inc. to North Carolina 35 years ago, was on hand for the announcement at the company's facility off Poole Road.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Now out of the job longer than the time he served as chief executive, four-term North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt sounds like he's still living in the Executive Mansion when pitching his agenda for the state's politicians.
Former Gov. Jim Hunt says North Carolina must continue to invest in its people and resources if it is to continue growing and prospering in the future.
Hunt, who turns 80 on Tuesday, will celebrate his milestone birthday in a Thursday gathering at the Executive Mansion, which he called home for a record 16 years leading the state.
A bill that passed the House Judiciary I Committee on Wednesday calls for a constitutional amendment that would limit governors and lieutenant governors to no more than two terms in their lifetimes.
If approved by the General Assembly, the amendment would go before voters in November 2018.
Five-term Democratic legislator Al Adams dies at age 85
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Five-term Democratic legislator J. Allen "Al" Adams is being remembered as a progressive voice who fought for public education and helped integrate the Wake County Bar Association.
Family and friends say the 85-year-old Adams died Friday at his home in Raleigh.
Former Gov. Jim Hunt tells The News & Observer of Raleigh (http://bit.ly/2n6SByl) that Adams "was one of the finest progressive political leaders in North Carolina history."
Blue Cross CEO to retire from largest NC health insurer
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The top executive running Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will retire later this year from the state's largest health insurer.
Blue Cross trustees board chairman Frank Holding Jr. said Monday the search for a successor to CEO Brad Wilson will consider candidates inside and outside the company.
Cooper names policy director, brings longtime aides on staff
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Roy Cooper is bringing in more people from previous Democratic administrations and from his tenure as attorney general to help him as North Carolina's new governor.
Cooper announced Tuesday his policy director is Duke University faculty member Jenni Owen, who was previously a senior policy adviser to then-Gov. Jim Hunt. Owen is currently policy engagement director at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy.
Democrats, civil rights groups want more registration time
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democrats and civil rights groups are criticizing the State Board of Elections for not extending a voter registration deadline this week in light of Hurricane Matthew's destruction, saying they want the board to reconsider.
Sheriff's Sgt. Bryan Hall (right) points out the possible direction of a missing man to Sheriff's Cpl. Wayne Fuqua as Fuqua arrives at a home on Jim Hunt Road with his bloodhound, Cisco (not pictured). According to police radio traffic, sheriff's officers were called to an area near the home about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday by the man, who told officers he'd been stabbed and dumped in the woods. Officers at the scene found blood at an outbuilding, but did not find the caller after a search of the wooded area behind the home. A search for the man by deputies and the Paris-Henry County Rescue Squad was ongoing as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
In N Carolina governor’s race, K-12 debate focuses on $50K
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The start of the new school year has reinforced the question many North Carolina voters have pondered for decades when choosing the state's chief executive: who is truly an "Education Governor?"
Jim Hunt believes in repetition.
It’s something he learned as a production manager of eight years for Autoliv in Brigham City, first learning and teaching the Toyota Production Systems, at one time managing upwards of 600 employees.
Jim Hunt believes in repetition.
I know this because he repeated the phrase “predictable and repeatable” a handful of times as we spoke at his home in Logan, Saturday afternoon, a day after his American Legion team the Cache...