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N.C.

Senate votes to establish stock car racing as official state sport

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The North Carolina Senate has put the pedal to the metal, voting to establish stock car racing as the official state sport. Full story...
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NC House spending plan considered by budget panel

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North Carolina House members are picking at a state budget proposal largely written by Republicans that critics say make deep cuts in public education and health programs but GOP leaders say protects classroom teachers and health services for the poor. Full story...
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Big gator spotted near NC-VA state line

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A close encounter with a 7-foot alligator near the North Carolina-Virginia state line came as a shock to a family fishing on the Pasquotank River near South Mills. Full story...
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NC's Fort Bragg: storms cause $60 million damage

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The severe weather that tore across North Carolina earlier this month caused more than $60 million in damage to Fort Bragg's buildings and vehicles. Full story...
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First meeting set on NC sterilization compensation

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A new panel created by Gov. Beverly Perdue is charged with figuring out the best ways to recompense people who were sterilized through a state program that ended in the 1970s. Full story...
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Certain railroad grants could be blocked if legislation passes

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The General Assembly could block certain future federal railroad grants offered to North Carolina in a bill given initial House approval. Full story...
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Sister, father of Wolfpack mascot poisoned

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Four Tamaskan dogs with ties to North Carolina State Wolfpack mascot Tuffy have become seriously ill after eating fish laced with antifreeze that their owner says was placed on his property intentionally. Full story...
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Bite marks evident in autopsy of Candler child

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Investigators have discovered human bite marks on the torso of a 4-year-old boy who was found dead in a Buncombe County mobile home. Full story...
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NC man accused of drunken driving with 4 kids

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Aberdeen police have charged a man with felony child abuse after he crashed his sports utility vehicle with four children inside and then registered three times the legal limit for drinking and driving. Full story...
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Student article leads to Durham teacher arrest

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A band instructor in Durham has turned himself into authorities in Winston-Salem after a college newspaper published details of a sexual relationship between a high school teacher and student. Full story...
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NC golf industry shoots to impress state officials

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Golf course owners, managers and club professionals will swing into Raleigh to promote the game in North Carolina, while perhaps giving state legislators the chance to tweak their own swings. Full story...
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Higher fees in NC budget bill gets panel review

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House Republicans are taking the next step toward completing their version of the North Carolina state government budget by next week. Full story...
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Korean ambassador promotes trade deal in NC

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South Korea's ambassador to the United States is coming to North Carolina to promote a proposed trade agreement between the two countries. Full story...
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Fort Bragg soldier killed in Afghanistan

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Military officials say a sergeant based at Fort Bragg has died of injuries suffered after his unit was attacked in Afghanistan. Full story...
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Coastal schools see more homeless students

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Several factors have combined to triple the number of homeless students in a coastal North Carolina county. Full story...
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