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N.C.

Bryson City men sentenced to stealing ginseng

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Two Swain County men have been sentenced for taking valuable plants from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Full story...
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Elections chief says early voting bill could cause long lines at polls

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North Carolina's elections chief says a bill to shorten the early voting period likely would result in longer lines at polling sites and make elections more expensive. Full story...
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ECU receives one-year probation from NCAA

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The NCAA has placed East Carolina on one year of probation for self-reported academic fraud violations after a women's tennis player working as a tutor wrote papers for four baseball players. Full story...
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Jury sides with Panthers' Beason in civil trial

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Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason has won a civil trial brought by a man who claims the three-time Pro Bowl pick punched him in the face at a Charlotte strip club. Full story...
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NC budget panel OKs $7M annual abortion rules cost

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Fiscal conservatives say they will find the additional cost to North Carolina taxpayers projected for added requirements before an abortion is performed. Full story...
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Reward offered for bald eagle killer

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State and federal wildlife authorities are investigating the shooting death of a young bald eagle in Haywood County. Full story...
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Ex-student: Wake brushed off sex assault incident

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A former Wake Forest student says the school brushed off her allegations of a sexual assault by a basketball player to protect its athletic program. Full story...
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Early voting legislation barely clears House

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An effort to reduce by a week North Carolina's early voting period has barely cleared the House even after the measure was changed to promote more voting at night and on Saturdays. Full story...
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Marine experts warn against harming turtles

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North Carolina Marine Fisheries agents are warning fishermen and beach-goers to look out for endangered sea turtles as the large reptiles move into coastal waters as temperatures warm. Full story...
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NC Senate panel zeroes in on teacher group's money

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North Carolina Republicans are dishing up some financial payback for the state's top teacher lobbying group, one of the strongest supporters of the Legislature's former Democratic leadership. Full story...
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NCCU grad copied speech from YouTube

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A North Carolina Central University law school graduate faces possible disciplinary action after copying a commencement speech almost word for word from a YouTube video. Preston Mitchum - NCCU's top law student - delivered this year's commencement speech. Full story...
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Police: Man touched women's feet at UNC

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UNC public safety officers are looking for more victims after arresting a man for allegedly touching women's feet. Full story...
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NC House votes on protecting drug makers in court

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North Carolina could become just the second state in the country to protect pharmaceutical companies from almost all lawsuits for the harm a drug may cause. Full story...
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Wildfire brings air quality alert to parts of NC

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An air quality advisory is in effect for northeastern North Carolina as smoke from a wildfire in Dare County continues drifting northward. Full story...
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New dive planned for Blackbeard artifacts in NC

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Researchers and divers will soon be looking for pirate treasure off the North Carolina coast. Full story...
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