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N.C.

NC schools' Atkinson testifies to Congress on cuts

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North Carolina's elected public schools cheerleader is on Capitol Hill describing the effect on education if Congress fails to restructure broad budget cuts coming at the end of the year. Full story...
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Hog farm ordered to pay for wetlands preservation

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A Columbus County hog farm operator has been ordered to pay $1.5 million in fines and restitution for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. Full story...
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NC ranks 34th in overall wellbeing of its children

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A new study ranks North Carolina s 34th in the nation in terms of the overall wellbeing of its children. Full story...
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House panel to examine allegations against LaRoque

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North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis says he will form a special committee to examine last week's federal indictment against a fellow legislator and recommend what action, if any, is warranted by the chamber. Full story...
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NC's Planned Parenthood gets federal funding

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North Carolina lawmakers refused to provide funding to Planned Parenthood, but the women's health organization has obtained a federal grant worth three times as much as the state refused to provide. Full story...
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Hickory boys basketball coach faces sex charges

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Police have arrested the boys basketball coach at Hickory High School and accused him of statutory rape and sexual activity with a student. Full story...
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McCrory talks platform to NC charter school group

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory told charter school boosters he wants more school-choice options for North Carolina parents and students and criticized Democratic rival Walter Dalton for his education record while in the state Senate. Full story...
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Lt. Gov. Dalton declines pay raise in NC budget

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Democratic gubernatorial nominee Walter Dalton has refused a roughly $1,500 pay increase that the lieutenant governor and other North Carolina Council of State members received in the new budget. Full story...
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Charlotte mall stores closed longer than expected

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Some stores in a Charlotte mall will remain closed longer than expected after flooding damage last week. Full story...
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1st of 8 trials start for soldiers in hazing death

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The first of eight court-martial trials is set to start in North Carolina against soldiers accused in racial hazing that led to the suicide of a fellow recruit in Afghanistan. Full story...
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