Protesters with the "Moral Monday" movement plan demonstrations at the home-state offices of North Carolina's U.S. senators to protest their opposition to President Obama's nominee to be the nation's next attorney general.
The North Carolina branch of the NAACP says it will hold protests Monday afternoon outside the Raleigh and Charlotte offices of U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis. Protesters will also demonstrate outside the office of U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in Wilmington.
Officials across Haywood County are waiting for the North Carolina General Assembly to decide whether local voters will be allowed to consider whether Lake Junaluska will become part of the Town of Waynesville. The two communities have been exploring the idea of a merger for more than four years. Smoky Mt. News reporter Becky Johnson spoke with David Hurand about the proposal and why the General Assembly hasn't agreed to place the question on the ballot for local voters.
Supporters of the legal use of medical marijuana in North Carolina are trying to persuade lawmakers to back it now that more than 20 states have similar laws.
Multiple media outlets reported more than 100 people rallied Thursday at the Legislative Building for a medical cannabis law. Chief bill sponsor Rep. Kelly Alexander of Charlotte says momentum is growing for the idea. There are 14 other bill co-sponsors. But the measure still faces an uphill climb in the House. It would have to clear five committees to reach the chamber floor.
The state House's picks to serve on the University of North Carolina governing board for the next four years include five newcomers and three incumbents.
The chamber elected eight people to the 32-member UNC Board of Governors, as it does every other year.
New members include former state Rep. Pearl Burris-Floyd; ex-Rutherford County Sheriff Philip Byers; accountant Walter Davenport; attorney Joe Knott III; and land developer Alex Mitchell. Re-elected were James Holmes Jr., Mary Ann Maxwell and David Powers
Sunshine Week began Sunday March 15th. To some the 15th is the Ides of March, to others it represents the annual push by media outlets and open-government advocates for transparency. Recently, the On-Line Investigative reporting service Carolina Public Press surveyed 18 WNC counties about closed sessions held by their boards of commissioners. David Hurand spoke with CPP reporter Jon Elliston.
Bills that rework district boundaries and representation on two large North Carolina local governments are heading to the House after their final OKs by the Senate.
Senators voted Thursday for the two measures filed by Republicans that change the structure of the Wake County board of commissioners and Greensboro city council. There was no floor debate Thursday compared to intense discussion Wednesday, when the bills passed initially on party-line votes.
A bill has been introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly that if approved would ask voters to amend the State Constitution. Buncombe County Democrat, Representative Brian Turner of the 116th District says his bill would require a voter referendum for any changes to local government districts imposed by the General Assembly. Representative Turner spoke with David Hurand
North Carolina Republican senators have also entered into affairs of local governments without being asked to do so, this time in Wake County and Greensboro.