Former N.C. Rep. Susi Hamilton, D-New Hanover, appears headed to swift confirmation to serve as secretary of the state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources after a Senate committee on Thursday voted 11-3 to recommend her approval.
The federal agency overseeing Donald Trump's lease for a luxury hotel in Washington has ruled his election as president doesn't violate the terms of his agreement barring government officials from profiting from the property.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits. It says it will need much more staff even as money remains in question due to a tightening Trump administration budget.
The Republican-controlled General Assembly has officially cancelled Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's first veto, meaning elections for local trial judges will become officially partisan again starting next year.