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NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

Updated 3:15 p.m., August 20, 2017

The North Carolina House has approved a redrawing of dozens of district boundaries in response to federal court rulings throwing out nearly 20 districts approved in 2011 as unlawfully relying too heavily on race.

Governor Roy Cooper
Logan Ulrich / WUNC

North Carolina's highest court for the first time is wading into the long-running effort by Republican legislators to strip away as many powers as possible from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

Greenville, N.C., pitcher Matthew Matthijs delivers in the third inning of a baseball game against Lufkin, Texas, at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. North Carolina won in seven innings, 2-1.
Gene J. Puskar / AP

It may have been the best game at the Little League World Series so far. Greenville, North Carolina, and Lufkin, Texas, played into extra innings on Wednesday in a thriller that ended with 2-1, walkoff Greenville victory.

Duke Energy provides electricity for most of North Carolina since the 2012 merger.
Duke Energy

Duke Energy is asking regulators to let its western North Carolina subsidiary raise household electricity bills by nearly 17 percent and charge consumers billions of dollars for a nuclear plant it will not build and also to clean up coal ash pits.

A sign indicates a no-student drop-off zone with Wake County public school buses in the background.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

A North Carolina public school system has revised its dress code to prohibit the Confederate flag, Ku Klux Klan symbols and swastikas.

North Carolina legislative building
Wikimedia Commons

Updated 2:30 p.m., August 25, 2017

The North Carolina legislature has taken significant steps toward passing reworked boundaries for dozens of House and Senate districts in light of court rulings declaring that Republicans relied too heavily on race.

Mangamaso and Velona were born at Parc Ivoloina, a nonprofit nature center in eastern Madagascar. The Duke Lemur Center and Parc Ivoloina, managed by the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group, have been partners since 1987.
David Haring / Duke University

A pair of endangered lemurs has been imported to the U.S. from Madagascar for the first time in two decades.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

A court settlement over election districts in a rural North Carolina county should help black candidates get on the local governing board after an absence of two decades.

North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren
Gerry Broome / AP

North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren has dismissed two players from the team and suspended three others for violating athletics department and team rules pertaining to marijuana and alcohol.

Early morning anglers heading downstream from Avent's Ferry on the Cape Fear River, near Corinth, North Carolina.
Donald Lee Pardue / Flickr/Creative Commons

North Carolina legislators began grappling Wednesday with a growing environmental and health alarm about an unregulated and little-studied chemical compound its maker released for years into a river supplying drinking water to hundreds of thousands of people.

Greenville, N.C.'s Carson Hardee (16) is greeted by teammates after hitting a solo home run off Lufkin, Texas, pitcher Hunter Ditsworth during the first inning of a Little League World Series baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2
Gene J. Puskar / AP

As teams got ready for the Little League World Series, managers marveled at the power of the young hitters. Then the tournament began and the pitchers showed what they can do.

Greenville, N.C., pitcher Chase Anderson delivers in the second inning of a baseball game against Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. No
Gene J. Puskar / AP

At the Little League World Series, the question now is not whether anyone can beat the team from Greenville, North Carolina.

It's whether anyone can get a hit.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

Map-makers are proposing new districts for members of the North Carolina Senate, a move forced after a federal court ruled state Republicans illegally gave too much emphasis to race in the current version of legislative groupings.

North Carolina House lawmakers released a map on Saturday, August 19, 2017 of new proposed legislative districts.
Courtesy of NCLeg.net

Mapmakers are proposing new districts for most members of the North Carolina House, a move forced after federal judges ruled state Republicans illegally gave too much emphasis to race in the current version of legislative voting lines.

A statue on the portal of Duke Chapel bearing the likeness of Confederate General Robert E. Lee has been vandalized.
William Snead / Duke University

Protesters on Thursday marched on the Durham County courthouse in support of the demonstration that brought down a Confederate statue, while a monument to Gen. Robert E. Lee was vandalized nearby at Duke University.

A picture of Mike Krzyzewski.
Duke Photography

Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will have a total knee replacement surgery, leading the team to cancel this month's exhibition trip to the Dominican Republic.

Krispy Kreme says it will release a chocolate glazed doughnut for the solar eclipse.
Chuck Burton, File / AP

Krispy Kreme is going dark ahead of the solar eclipse set to cast a shadow across part of the U.S. later this month.

school supplies
Flickr via Robert S. Donovan

North Carolina's governor used the launch of a school supply drive on Tuesday to argue that the GOP has been inadequately funding education, forcing too many teachers to have to use their own money to buy pencils and paper for their students.

Blue Ridge Community College hopes to offer a degree in craft beer brewing starting this fall.
Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr, Creative Commons

Fayetteville could be the next city to allow restaurants to serve alcohol on Sunday mornings under a new state law.

No surf boards were rented from Jason Heilig's Rodanthe Surf Shop. On a typical July day, Heilig would hope to see that cart totally empty.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Carloads of tourists rolled in, stores stocked seafood counters and kitchen workers chopped vegetables Friday as two North Carolina islands reopened to visitors after a weeklong power outage at the height of vacation season.

Cape Fear River at Raven Rock State Park NC
Keith Weston / WUNC

Federal prosecutors are investigating a company and its discharges of a little-studied chemical into a North Carolina river that supplies drinking water to hundreds of thousands of people.

An image of former state senator Josh Stein
Courtesy of Josh Stein

North Carolina's Democratic attorney general on Thursday responded to budget cuts imposed by Republican lawmakers by laying off about 9 percent of his agency's attorneys and telling local prosecutors they'll have to take over more courtroom tasks.

North Carolina State Legislature
Dave Crosby / Flickr

The North Carolina General Assembly is returning Thursday from a five-week hiatus, but don't expect them to consider overriding Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes, their mandated reason for coming back to Raleigh for at least one day.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina headquarters in Durham.
BCBSNC

North Carolina's largest health insurance company said Wednesday it doesn't need a 22.9 percent price increase after all for individual policies it will sell next year through the Affordable Care Act and is cutting its request to an average 14.1 percent instead.

Crews worked to reconnect power cables.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Power should be fully restored on all of North Carolina's Outer Banks in less than a week, officials said late Tuesday.

Board of Governor's committee meeting
Dave Dewitt / WUNC

Updated at 2:55 p.m., August 1, 2017

A committee has approved a ban on courtroom work by a center founded at the University of North Carolina to help the poor and disenfranchised.

Crews continued to work on the Bonner Bridge project.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Lawsuits are pending against a construction company blamed for a power outage on North Carolina's Outer Banks, forcing visitors off the beaches and leaving tourist-dependent businesses without income.

James Williamson
Courtesy of the North Carolina Community College System

The head of one of the country's largest community college systems is stepping down 13 months after taking the North Carolina job.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper cleaned off from his desk the last remaining bills the General Assembly sent him in June by letting them become law without his signature.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

Federal judges on Monday rejected a request by North Carolina voters who sued over General Assembly district boundaries to hold special elections next March in new districts once lines are redrawn to eliminate illegal racial gerrymandering.

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