A spokeswoman for a socially conservative group that supports North Carolina's new law limiting anti-discrimination regulations for LGBT people has become communications director for the state Republican Party.
Pastor Richie Clendenen stepped away from the pulpit, microphone in hand. He walked the aisles of the Christian Fellowship Church, his voice rising to describe the perils believers face in 21st-century America.
Several thousand people have come to hear Donald Trump speak in North Carolina for the first time since he announced his candidacy for president and vaulted to front-runner status in the Republican field.
A South Carolina lawmaker has sent out a Christmas card featuring a photo of the Confederate flag that refers to "memories of a happier time" and suggests those who voted to remove the flag from in front of the Statehouse ask God for forgiveness for their "betrayal."