Skip to main content

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ended the nation's constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years in a decision by its conservative majority to overturn Roe v. Wade. Friday's outcome is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.

Friday’s decision by the Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade with a 5-3 decision, eliminating the U.S. constitutional right to an abortion prompted the following reaction from state and local elected officials and candidates:

Two of Pitt County Schools’ top graduates speaking at their school commencement ceremonies this month told audiences of thousands that the price they paid to be No. 1 may have been too high.

An interfaith service featuring a Raleigh pastor profiled on ABC’s Our America is among several events celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month this weekend.

Ham Radio weekend: The Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club will hold its ham radio field event from 2 p.m. Saturday to noon on Sunday at the Oakwood School, 4000 MacGregor Downs Road. The event is open to the public for those who want to learn more about amateur radio as operators talk to others around the world.


Local Events

Washington’s Robert Bergevin captured first place in the North Carolina Junior qualifier held recently at Duplin Country Club in Kenansville. Bergevin shot a 72 to earn a spot in the finals of the tournament, now under way at Highland Country Club in Fayetteville.

A recent graduate of South Central, Daniel Paciullo is spending his summer playing for the Post 39 American Legion baseball team before taking his talents to Chowan University.

Pitt County Post 39 shortstop Alex Popavich tags out Kinston’s Eli Day to end a run down between first and second to help Post 39 get out of a bases-loaded jam and end the top of the fourth inning Tuesday.

Why would anyone with half a brain think that the mayor and City Council control rents? Sounds like someone is wanting government assistance.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the word balance. We refer to a well-balanced life as one with equilibrium between work, family and recreation. A well-balanced diet includes a proper mix of the food groups. In government we talk about the balance of power, indicating that the three branches…

Visiting the Finger Lakes region of New York recently — which included a day trip to Niagara Falls — I realized two things: Water is not the only falling matter for which they give you a free poncho, and I should have done this family vacation decades ago. (Sorry, Dad.)

Before the Southern Baptist Convention’s strong vote to approve what supporters called “bare minimum” sexual abuse reforms — with victims in the crowd weeping with relief — there was a strategic amendment to the recommendations.

Summer is all about grilling, which means everyone should have a go-to marinade up their sleeve for soaking and basting their favorite grillables. This no-fail marinade is tangy and sweet, with a kick of garlicky Sriracha for heat. It’s also amenable to almost anything you would like to gril…

Support local journalism

Now, more than ever, the world needs trustworthy reporting—but good journalism isn’t free. Please support us by making a contribution.

State AP Stories

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ended the nation's constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years in a decision by its conservative majority to overturn Roe v. Wade. Friday's outcome is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.

Friday’s decision by the Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade with a 5-3 decision, eliminating the U.S. constitutional right to an abortion prompted the following reaction from state and local elected officials and candidates:

  • Updated

HOPEWELL, Va. (AP) — All four inmates who escaped a minimum-security prison satellite camp in Virginia over the weekend are now back in custody, the U.S. Marshals Service and Federal Bureau of Prisons announced Wednesday.

  • Updated

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Researchers from the University of Colorado are studying the Great Smoky Mountains' synchronous fireflies to determine whether understanding the way they communicate could help with developing robot communication.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Around North Carolina’s state legislature this month, the most compelling conversations revolve around the identical Osborne triplets, who are always together, work for the same state senator, sometimes answer in unison and often can be distinguished only by the pattern …

National & World AP Stories

  • Updated

Abortion bans that were put on the books in some states in the event Roe v. Wade was overturned started automatically taking effect Friday, while clinics elsewhere — including Alabama, Texas and West Virginia — stopped performing abortions for fear of prosecution, sending women away in tears.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Democratic leaders across the nation vowed Friday to help women who travel to seek abortions and to shield patients and medical professionals from being pursued by authorities in states where the procedure becomes outlawed after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

  • Updated

Religious Americans are deeply divided in their views on abortion, and reactions from faith leaders ranged from elation to anger after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that made abortion legal nationwide.

DALLAS (AP) — The largest pilots union has approved a contract that would boost the pay of pilots at United Airlines by more than 14% over the next 18 months, potentially clearing the way for similar wage hikes throughout the industry.

  • Updated

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies.