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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.

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.

Drone in flight
Don McCullough / Flickr Creative Commons

It's now a crime in North Carolina to fly a drone near prisons and jails.

The Charlotte Observer reports a new law prohibits anyone but law enforcement officials from flying drones within 250 feet above or 500 feet around prisons and jails. Gov. Roy Cooper signed the law Tuesday.

Oregon Inlet
Courtesy of the NC DOT

The latest on efforts to restore electricity to a portion of North Carolina's Outer Banks evacuated of tourists after a construction accident cut power lines (all times local).

Crews continued to work on the Bonner Bridge project.
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative

Construction crews have determined that all three transmission cables providing power to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands have been compromised, but portable generators may allow visitors to return soon. 

Federal Courthouse in Greensboro
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

Two federal judges said Thursday they are concerned that North Carolina legislative leaders have taken few if any steps to draw new election maps since they were struck down last year, and one judge suggested they don't appear to be taking their duty seriously.

Henry McCollum, left, spent 30 years, 11 months and seven days on death row. Leon Brown was imprisoned at the age of 15 and spend the first decade in solitary confinement. In 2014 the men were released after DNA evidence implicated another man.
Courtesy of Patrick Megaro

When two wrongfully imprisoned brothers were pardoned after 30 years behind bars, they stood to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation. Now a federal judge is considering whether too much of their payout is being siphoned away by legal fees and high-interest loans.

Frank Stasio's right underarm microbes
Courtesy Julie Horvath

It's a dirty job, and somebody wants to do it.

N.C. Central University researcher Julie Horvath has examined the microbes living in our armpits, and now wants to look at earwax. Horvath and other researchers are investigating how modern personal hygiene habits may affect microbes living on our skin.

Wake School Bus
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

North Carolina motorists could be fined at least $400 if they pass a stopped school bus, according to a new law now in effect.

The old well at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
Tim Schleicher / flickr, Creative Commons

North Carolina is scheduled to appear before an NCAA infractions committee panel next month in its multiyear and oft-delayed academic case.

Duke Energy's coal-burning plant and the adjacent coal ash ponds by the Dan River.
Riverkeeper Foundation

Duke Energy Corp. is giving notice it plans to seek electricity rate increases for another 2 million North Carolina customers.

Nichols the loggerhead sea turtle
Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, Topsail Island

An Outer Banks beach nourishment project has caught more sea turtles than expected.

This Wednesday, March 29, 2017 photo shows Ana Albuquerque, 25, during an interview in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Albuquerque traveled to the Word of Faith Fellowship church in Spindale, N.C., from Brazil 11 times over the course of more than a decade, start
Silvia Izquierdo / AP

When Andre Oliveira answered the call to leave his Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil to move to the mother church in North Carolina at the age of 18, his passport and money were confiscated by church leaders — for safekeeping, he said he was told.

FILE - In a Tuesday June 6, 2017 file photo, hydrologist William K. Jones, walks up a mountain near the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Bolar, Va. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its final environmental impact statement.
Steve Helber, File / AP

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline intended to carry natural gas across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina would have some adverse environmental effects, including impacts on water resources, forest and other habitats, but most could be reduced to insignificant levels, an assessment by federal regulators found.

North Carolina legislative building
Wikimedia Commons

Increased efforts to discourage human trafficking in North Carolina are among one of nearly 30 additional bills that Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law.

Transgender man Joaquin Carcano
Gerry Broome / AP

The law that replaced North Carolina's notorious "bathroom bill" sports a new look but maintains LGBT discrimination and prevents transgender people from using restrooms matching their gender identity, according to a lawsuit Friday.

noonday globe snail
J. Fridell, USFWS / Flickr, Creative Commons,

The historic 2016 wildfires in North Carolina burned almost 100 percent of the known habitat of the noonday globe snail, yet the federally threatened species survived.

North Carolina legislative building
Wikimedia Commons

North Carolina's highest court is speeding up a final decision on whether Republican legislators could strip down the election oversight powers of the state's new Democratic governor.

Roy Cooper
Brian Batista / WUNC

North Carolina Democrats are organizing quickly around their goal of retaking the Republican-controlled legislature thanks to the person who'd benefit the most — Gov. Roy Cooper.

North Carolina legislative building
Wikimedia Commons

General Assembly members tasked with soon drawing North Carolina's legislative districts after courts found some boundaries were drawn with unlawful racial bias will hold their first meeting next week.