65 year-old Robert Zachary grew up in Anniston, Alabama during some of the most significant moments of the civil rights movement. Now he's returning to Alabama, 50 years after Bloody Sunday and the march from Selma to Montgomery. There he'll pay tribute to those who walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, despite violence and bloodshed, for their right to vote. In this 90 minute conversation, Zachary shared with me his story and memories, and his thoughts on where we were then in terms of civil rights, and where we are now.
Duke Energy could legally leak pollutants from some of its coal ash dumps under new wastewater permits proposed by North Carolina regulators.
On Friday, just days after federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against Duke over the leaks, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued new draft permits for three of Duke's coal ash sites. More are to follow.
Highlights of Gov. Pat McCrory's $21.5 billion spending plan released Thursday for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Unless otherwise noted, the dollars amounts are for the 2015-16 year only. For spending changes, figures are for amount spent or saved compared to what was projected or needed to keep operating at current levels.
— locate $111 million to increase the floor for early-career teacher salaries from $33,000 to $35,000 and to give experienced-based raises.
The Brevard Music Center's new season is still a few months away, but you can hear musicians from the renowned institute and festival playing (and singing) live in our studios on the next Friday @2.
Friday's program will feature Soprello - a musical collaboration between BMC cellist Alistair MacRae and soprano Allison Pohl - as well as faculty member Dilshad Posnock, flute, and Jason Posnock, violinist and Director of Artistic Planning & Educational Programs.
Clergy and advocates differ whether judicial officials are obligated by law to carry out civil same-sex marriages in North Carolina even if they object to gay marriage based on religious grounds.
Several people addressed Wednesday a House judiciary panel considering a Senate bill approved last week that would allow a magistrate or assistant or deputy register of deeds to refuse to carry out marriage duties.
An economic recruitment package sought by Gov. Pat McCrory and anchored by renewed funding for North Carolina's chief incentives tool has received initial approval by the full House.
The chamber voted 87-32 for the measure Wednesday, one day after it cleared the House's two largest committees.
McCrory's administration has said the Job Development Investment Grant was essentially out of money, and an influx is needed for North Carolina to compete with other states as corporations consider expanding.
The North Carolina House has agreed to restrain an impending cut in the state's gasoline tax to keep money flowing to road and bridge projects.
House lawmakers on Thursday approved letting the gas tax fall from the current 37.5 cents per gallon rate to 36 cents for the rest of 2015. Doing nothing would have meant the tax pegged to wholesale gas prices would likely drop below 30 cents per gallon, according to legislative analysts.
Some Democrats branded the legislation a tax increase.
Charlotte has rejected a measure protecting people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation.
City Council voted Monday night against expanding the city's nondiscrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity to a list of protected groups. It also would have prohibited discrimination based on someone's marital and familial status.
The head of North Carolina's NAACP says Gov. Pat McCrory's plan to wait until at least summer before deciding whether to propose expanding health coverage to more uninsured people is a bad excuse not to act.
The Rev. William Barber said Monday that McCrory and legislative leaders keep "stonewalling" on Medicaid expansion.