North Carolina officials are looking back at a second failed effort to attract a major car-maker's American headquarters as the state tries to lure Volvo Cars' first-ever U.S. assembly plant.
Documents newly released by the state Commerce Department show North Carolina lost out in January when luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz announced it's moving its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey to Georgia.
The North Carolina House speaker says discussions over a "religious freedom" bill will slow to see if the legislation would harm the state's economy, especially in light of criticism over Indiana's new law.
Kings Mountain Republican Tim Moore talked to reporters Tuesday about proposals supporters argue protect the rights of business owners or individuals from carrying out laws they say make it hard to follow their religious beliefs. The issue usually revolves around gay marriage.
Governor Pat McCrory isn't backing bills giving exemptions to court officials who decline to perform certain marriages and offering other religious protections to businesses.
McCrory said Monday he wouldn't sign in its current form a Senate bill that allows magistrates and some register of deeds workers to refuse to carry out marriage duties based on a "sincerely held religious objection." Gay-rights advocates say the measure upholds discrimination.
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.
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.