January 19, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper says he’s still hopeful North Carolina will expand Medicaid coverage even with Donald Trump entering the White House and litigation saying Cooper can’t seek it on his own.

Cooper told reporters Thursday that his goal is to find options to make more citizens…

January 19, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it disagrees with Republicans in North Carolina who claim a $400 million clean energy project slated to power data centers for Amazon.com Inc. poses a threat to national security.

State legislative leaders have asked the incoming Trump administration to either…

January 19, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A transgender bathroom bill similar to North Carolina’s has been killed by Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly.

A GOP-controlled panel quickly dispatched the legislation Thursday without debate. Both Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican leaders objected to…

January 19, 2017

OAK CITY, N.C. (AP) — Fire has destroyed a church in Martin County, and agents with the State Bureau of Investigation say the blaze appears to have been accidental.

Hamilton Fire Chief Travis Scott told WITN-TV in Greenville (http://bit.ly/2iGGxGI) that Hattie’s Chapel Church caught fire around…

January 19, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — New Gov. Roy Cooper plucked up another legislator to serve in his Cabinet, naming a House member Thursday to lead the department that manages North Carolina’s parks, protects natural areas and preserves the state’s history.

Rep. Susi Hamilton, D-New Hanover, will head the…

January 19, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The civil rights office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sent a “letter of concern” to North Carolina regulators in light of a two-year investigation targeting health problems affecting minority communities near large-scale hog operations.

The News & Observer of…

January 19, 2017

CARTHAGE, N.C. (AP) — A Moore County man has been arrested and charged with murder for a shooting death at his home.

Sheriff’s deputies told local media outlets that 62-year-old Gregory Thomas Short of Carthage is charged with murder in the death of 55-year- old Jeffrey Dowd about 6:15 p.m.…

January 19, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Police have arrested an 18-year-old man in the shooting death of a man during a robbery in Durham last week.

A second man was wounded in the holdup.

A police spokeswoman told local media outlets that officers found Ledarius R. Samuel on Wednesday.

Samuel is charged with killing…

January 19, 2017


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Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in North Carolina. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Carolinas News Editor Tim Rogers at 919-510-8937 or at tmrogers@ap.org. Jack…

January 19, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — School systems say they may have to cut arts and physical education in elementary schools this fall if North Carolina lawmakers do not change plans for reducing class sizes.

Lawmakers voted last year to limit class size for students in kindergarten through third grade, The News…

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