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States on both coasts dig out from weather woes

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The ice and snow is melting, but the financial hit North Carolina took from last week's winter storm will linger for a while, Gov. Pat McCrory said Sunday.

U.S. to investigate N.C. agency after coal ash spill

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. prosecutors say they have begun a felony investigation of North Carolina regulators after coal ash from a Duke Energy facility spilled into the Dan River.
200,000 without power as snow, ice pelts Southeast

200,000 without power as snow, ice pelts Southeast

ATLANTA, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- More than 200,000 customers, most of them in Georgia, were without electricity Wednesday as a winter storm, bringing snow and ice, swept across the Southeast.

$6.5 million Earl Scruggs Center dedicated in Shelby, N.C.

SHELBY, N.C., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Nearly 60 string musicians introduced Gov. Pat McCrory at the dedication of the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, N.C., organizers said.
Evangelist Billy Graham turns 95

Evangelist Billy Graham turns 95

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Some 800 celebrities and other well-wishers were invited to the 95th birthday party of evangelist Billy Graham, the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times reported.
Powell: Voter ID law punishes minorities, hurts Republicans

Powell: Voter ID law punishes minorities, hurts Republicans

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday new changes in North Carolina voting law punish minority voters and will hurt Republicans.
North Carolina governor signs photo ID law; ACLU files suit against it

North Carolina governor signs photo ID law; ACLU files suit against it

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The state of North Carolina has joined dozens of others that require voters to present identification to cast a ballot, the governor's office announced.
Hillary Clinton urges work to protect voter rights

Hillary Clinton urges work to protect voter rights

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for action to protect voter rights following the Supreme Court ruling allowing state voter ID laws.

N.C. GOP moves forward on abortion after veto threat

RALEIGH, N.C., July 10 (UPI) -- North Carolina House Republicans added abortion language to an unrelated bill Wednesday after Gov. Pat McCory said he might veto a contentious abortion bill.

North Carolina governor signs repeal of Racial Justice Act

RALEIGH, N.C., June 21 (UPI) -- North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed the repeal of a landmark law that allowed convicted murderers to appeal their death sentences on racial bias grounds.

Governor cites N.C. reforms as ways to energize national economy

WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory touted his state Saturday as an example of how government can spur economic growth through education and efficient policies.

Dems decry N.C. pink licenses for aliens

RALEIGH, N.C., March 5 (UPI) -- North Carolina Democrats are calling on the state's Republican governor to do away with distinctive pink driver's licenses for Dream Act enrollees.

N.C. OKs pink licenses for illegals

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said he has authorized controversial pink driver's licenses to be issued to some illegal immigrants.

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N.C. lawmakers slash jobless benefits

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Lawmakers in North Carolina moved to slash unemployment benefits, passing a measure that would cut the number of weeks and the maximum benefit allowed.
Statehouses show little political shifting after election

Statehouses show little political shifting after election

While the majority party changed in Minnesota and Colorado legislatures on Election Day 2012, the balance of power between Republicans and Democrats was largely unchanged.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Charlotte to host Republicans in January

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Charlotte, N.C., will host the 2013 Winter Meeting of the Republican National Committee in January, the Committee announced.

Republicans maintain lead in governorships

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Ten of 11 U.S. gubernatorial races up for grabs had been decided as of Wednesday, with only Washington state's race still undecided, election results showed.

Romney wins N.C., Obama wins White House

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- North Carolina gave Mitt Romney 15 electoral votes and elected its first GOP governor in 24 years, but President Obama won a second term, results showed.
Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia kick off final round of primaries

Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia kick off final round of primaries

Fourteen states with about 770 electoral votes still have to weigh in on the Republican U.S. presidential primary.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

N. Carolinians elect first female governor

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- North Carolinians elected their first woman governor Tuesday, elevating Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue to the office over Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory.

Democrat Perdue 1st female gov in N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- North Carolina Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue defeated Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory in Tuesday's election to hold the governor's chair for the Democrats.

Dems seek success in Washington, states

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The stumbling U.S. economy and Barack Obama's lead in presidential polls could set up Democrats to take control at state and national levels, an analyst said.

Ground broken for NASCAR Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A $160 million Hall of Fame is being constructed in Charlotte, N.C., for the Nextel Cup auto racing circuit.

Ridge unveils terror alert system

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge on Tuesday unveiled a new five-stage, color-coded terrorist warning system that will notify federal, state and local law enforcement agencies about potential threats in their region.
KATHY A. GAMBRELL, White House reporter
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