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Democrat Rep. Butterfield to retire, new district is toss-up

Nov 18 2021 — Bryan Anderson, The Associated Press — RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield announced Thursday that he will not seek reelection, another blow to Democrats seeking to retain a House majority next year and win what is expected to be North Carolina's closest congressional race. Butterfield, 74, a former head of the Congressional Black Caucus, has represented several rural counties […]

NC Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson criticized over anti-LGBT views

Oct 11 2021 — Bryan Anderson, The Associated Press — RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is facing calls to resign from elected officials and LGBTQ advocacy groups over comments he made criticizing sexual education and likening gay and transgender people to “filth.” “There’s no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that […]

Court: McCrory backers can be sued for defaming 2016 voters

Oct 5 2021 — Bryan Anderson, The Associated Press — RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some supporters of former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's efforts to contest the 2016 gubernatorial election results can be sued for allegedly defaming four residents who were falsely accused of voting twice, a North Carolina appeals court ruled Tuesday. The complaint the Southern Coalition for Social Justice brought forward in 2017 could […]

Bill to curb racial teachings advances in North Carolina

Aug 24 2021 — Bryan Anderson, The Associated Press — RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state Senate hearing on how racial concepts are taught in North Carolina classrooms devolved into chaos Tuesday when one of the state's highest-ranking Republicans shouted at a prominent Democratic lawmaker and stormed out of the room. Despite the uproar, the Senate Education Committee ultimately advanced the measure, which would bar […]

Tropical Depression Fred threatens mudslides in New York

Aug 18 2021 — Bryan Anderson, The Associated Press — RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Tropical Depression Fred blew into the northeastern U.S. on Wednesday, unleashing heavy rains and threatening to cause mudslides and flash floods in upstate New York after closing highways in the lower Appalachians. Dozens of people were rescued from flooded areas in North Carolina after downpours washed out bridges and swamped homes. […]

N. Carolina GOP would ban K-12 promotion of views about race

Jul 14 2021 — Bryan Anderson, The Associated Press — RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans advanced legislation Wednesday defining how teachers can discuss certain concepts about race and racism inside the classroom. GOP Senate leader Phil Berger said his chamber is taking action as Republicans across the country seek to combat what they view as "critical race theory,” a framework legal scholars developed […]

EXPLAINER: So much buzz, but what is critical race theory?

Jun 24 2021 — Bryan Anderson, The Associated Press — RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has railed against it. Republicans in the U.S. Senate introduced a resolution condemning any requirement for teachers to be trained in it. And several Republican-controlled states have invoked it in legislation restricting how race can be taught in public schools. The concept known as critical race theory […]

State GOP lawmakers try to limit teaching about race, racism

May 29 2021 — Bryan Anderson, The Associated Press — RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Teachers and professors in Idaho will be prevented from “indoctrinating” students on race. Oklahoma teachers will be prohibited from saying certain people are inherently racist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously. Tennessee schools will risk losing state aid if their lessons include particular concepts about race and racism. Governors and legislatures […]