North Carolina health officials are praising the benefits of a 5-year-old state law that banned smoking in bars and restaurants.
Friday marks five years since the effective date of the law that also limited smoking rooms at hotels or motels to 20 percent of the total. The law survived a series of lawsuits by pool hall and nightclub owners challenging an exception that allows smoking at private clubs.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend and thousands across southeastern North Carolina are flocking to their favorite watering hole for some green beer, but if you plan on drinking you might want to consider calling a cab.
Walking the streets of downtown Wilmington, you may have noticed a few new signs in the windows of some of your favorite restaurants and bars. That's because starting Tuesday, concealed carry permit holders are now allowed to bring their weapons into places that serve alcohol unless business post a sign forbidding it.
Pro-gun advocates worry that a bill to permit handguns in North Carolina bars is being quietly shoved aside.
The bill would allow people with concealed weapons licenses to carry guns into businesses that serve alcohol. The bill is currently on hold in the Senate Finance Committee and is not scheduled for discussion.