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Officials Warn About Accessing New Island Off Cape Hatteras

So many people have been rescued from a new island off North Carolina’s Outer Banks that officials have issued warnings about accessing it. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports Cape Hatteras National Seashore and emergency officials are urging visitors to use kayaks or paddle boards to reach the island off Cape Point instead of swimming or wading to the island, which formed in recent months. An abundance of shells is attracting people to the island despite the strong currents and the presence of sharks and stingrays. The assistant chief of the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad says rescuers recently picked...

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General Assembly Ends, But Lawmakers to Return Soon, Often

The North Carolina General Assembly has completed its primary work session for the year, but legislators plan to return to Raleigh in the weeks ahead to deal with unfinished business, including the replacement of electoral maps. The House closed the 5½-month session shortly after 2 a.m. Friday, about a half-hour after the Senate gaveled out its members. Legislators had been working since Thursday morning, shuffling favored bills between the two chambers. Dozens of approved measures wound up on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. Several key measures got stuck in negotiations between the House and Senate and didn’t come out. They...

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Missing North Carolina Airport Worker Spotted at Gas Station

A woman who disappeared from her job at a North Carolina airport has been seen at a gas station, and authorities say there is no evidence she is in trouble. Police were searching for 24-year-old Allison Cope, who disappeared from her job at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Monday. A statement from the airport on Thursday said Cope was seen at a gas station on Monday about an hour after she left airport property. Authorities said Cope, an employee of Starbucks Coffee in Terminal 2, took a break at 3 p.m., and was reported missing four hours later. The statement...

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House GOP Interested in Formal Investigation of Marshall

House Republicans have opened the door for the chamber to investigate North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall based on a lawmaker’s allegations she issued notary public commissions to people who live in the U.S. illegally. A House committee voted along party lines Wednesday to allow the full body to consider a resolution to create a special panel for investigating Marshall, a Democrat first elected in 1996. The probe request came from GOP Rep. Chris Millis, who months ago received records from Marshall’s office that led him to believe more than 300 commissions were issued to people with no...

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N Carolina Lawmakers Finish Budget Veto Override

The Republican-controlled General Assembly has made good on its promise to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the two-year state budget. The House completed the override with a vote of 76-43 Wednesday. The Senate did its part Tuesday. Now the two-year spending plan becomes state law and largely takes effect when the new fiscal year begins this weekend. Cooper announced his veto earlier this week, saying Republicans drew up a short-sighted plan with excessive tax cuts that will make it harder in future years to pay for things like teacher pay. But GOP leaders say it contained many...

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Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Gay Marriage-Recusal Law

A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to a North Carolina law that allows magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages. The Richmond-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling on Wednesday that three couples who sued to overturn the law lack standing to challenge the law’s use of taxpayer funds. The 2015 law allows magistrates to recuse themselves from performing marriages because of religious beliefs. Those who do so are prevented from officiating at all marriages for at least six months. The couples — two gay and one interracial — had argued that the state was...

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Cooper Officially Vetoes N Carolina Budget; Override Likely

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has officially vetoed the state budget bill approved by legislative Republicans. Cooper returned the measure with his veto stamp Tuesday morning to the Senate, where the measure originated. The Democratic governor had already announced Monday his plans to reject the two-year spending plan, which he says neglects public education and the state’s economy while giving tax cuts to the highest wage-earners and corporations. Republicans counter that the plan increases education spending by $700 million and gives personal income tax breaks to nearly everyone, including low- and middle-class people. GOP legislative leaders have vowed to...

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Governor to Veto North Carolina Budget; Override Likely

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says he will veto the state budget put on his desk by Republican lawmakers. Cooper made the announcement Monday, four days after the GOP-controlled legislature gave final approval to its two-year spending plan. Republicans are likely to override the veto because of substantial House and Senate majorities. A budget veto has been anticipated. Cooper says the plan doesn’t spend enough on education when the state is in good economic times and growing. Republicans say they gave Cooper items he wanted including several hundred million dollars for Hurricane Matthew relief, government building repairs and...

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Supreme Court Reinstates Trump Travel Ban

The Supreme Court is letting the Trump administration enforce its 90-day ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, overturning lower court orders that blocked it. The action Monday is a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency. Trump said last week that the ban would take effect 72 hours being cleared by courts. The justices will hear arguments in the case in the...

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July Trial Set for UNC Player Accused of Sexual Battery

A North Carolina football player charged with misdemeanor sexual battery and assault on a female student is scheduled to go on trial next month, though his attorney says the case has already “gone on too long.” Allen Artis appeared Friday for a court hearing addressing several pretrial motions. He was charged in September stemming from an encounter in February 2016. The next court date is July 12, followed by a trial July 18 and 19. Attorney Kerry Sutton says the case should go forward with no further delays because it is “hurting both sides.” According to an arrest warrant,...

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