Will Michaels

Updated 8:30 a.m. | August 31, 2018

The torn-down Silent Sam monument was the site of dueling protests Thursday night. About 50 members of a neo-Confederate group were greeted by several hundred counterprotesters on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. 

A ruling in a North Carolina firefighter's death could open the door for more benefits for their surviving families.

The mayor of Nags Head says members of Congress should vote down a draft bill on offshore drilling.

North Carolina farmers are among those warily watching a new trade dispute between the United States and allies in North America and Europe.

China's tariffs on American goods could dip into North Carolina's pork exports.

Gov. Roy Cooper has vowed to take legal action if the Trump Administration does not exempt North Carolina from offshore oil and gas exploration.

Duke Energy and Dominion Energy have filed court documents to acquire land via eminent domain for construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. 

Duke Energy says 374,000 customers may have had their personal information exposed.

Hearings continue this week in Duke Energy's request for a rate hike, and among the costs that the utility is trying to recover is nearly $2 million for bottled water it provides to homeowners near coal ash pits. 

Two attorneys at the UNC Center for Civil Rights say they plan to carry on the center's mission despite losing their positions. 

A year ago, Hurricane Matthew dumped a dozen or more inches of rain on central and eastern North Carolina. Record flooding in the days following the storm devastated communities downstream.

A report on sea level rise in North Carolina points to dozens of coastal communities that face chronic flooding over the next century. 

Small towns in western North Carolina are preparing for an influx of thousands of tourists for next week's eclipse. 

Communities like Franklin, Sylva and Cashiers could get a record number of visitors when the eclipse happens next Monday.  Highlands, N.C. mayor Patrick Taylor's town is in the path of the total eclipse. He said authorities are expecting nearby Highway 441 to be jammed all day.

Governor Roy Cooper's administration is proposing an overhauled Medicaid program that would combine behavioral health and primary health care.  

Governor Roy Cooper has announced his opposition to offshore drilling as the Trump Administration takes steps to reopen oil exploration in the Atlantic. 

At least two wind farm developers say they will likely suspend their projects in North Carolina if a proposed moratorium goes into effect. 

Gov. Roy Cooper made another visit to Kinston as it continues to recover from Hurricane Matthew. 

The city was one of the hardest hit from the storm's record floods in October.

An annual report on the well-being of children in North Carolina shows mixed results. 

The data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation indicates the state ranks 33rd in the country in economic, social and health indicators for children.

State lawmakers are quickly advancing a bill that would overhaul North Carolina's regulations on solar energy production. 

National weather forecasters are calling for an above-average hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said today there's a 45 percent chance there will be above-normal storm activity in the Atlantic this year.

North Carolina's inland cities could have an unforeseen influx of residents from the coast due to sea level rise. 

Walter Jones, who represents North Carolina’s Third Congressional District, was the only Republican in this state to vote against a bill that will repeal portions of Obamacare.

"Most of the reason is that we don’t have an updated Congressional Budget Office score," he told WUNC as the bill passed 217-213.

"The last day or two, leadership has talked to me about it, (asked me), 'What would it take to get your vote?' They are cutting deals with members of Congress, tweaking this and tweaking that, and you don’t know what the costs are going to be."

Updated 2:30 p.m. 4/7/2017

North Carolina's Industrial Hemp Commission will not join a lawsuit to challenge the Drug Enforcement Administration's stance on hemp regulations.

At least three Republicans in North Carolina's Congressional delegation are not satisfied with the GOP's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Workplace fatalities in North Carolina hit a six-year high, according to preliminary data released by the N.C. Department of Labor.

A report from the American Lung Association says North Carolina should do more to prevent and reduce tobacco use.

The group's annual "Tobacco Control Report Card" gave the state an "F" in every category it measures: funding for tobacco prevention and control programs, tobacco taxes, smoke-free air, access to cessation services, and laws that raise the smoking age to 21.

The Obama administration has released a five-year energy plan that blocks oil drilling off the North Carolina coast and the rest of eastern seaboard, as well as new drilling in parts of the Arctic.

Firefighters are entering a third week of battling more than a dozen wildfires in western North Carolina. 

The fires have been fueled by weeks of mostly sunny and dry conditions. 

The state chapter of the NAACP is asking a federal court to stop local elections boards from canceling voter registrations.

The lawsuit says the court should restore thousands of voters who have been removed from the rolls in Moore and Beaufort Counties because of individual challenges.

The two candidates in this year's race for attorney general have held highly influential positions in the General Assembly. 

Democrat Josh Stein is the former minority whip in the state Senate from Raleigh. He also served as an attorney in the state Justice Department.

Buck Newton is a current state Senator from Wilson who was instrumental in writing the language of the law known as HB2.

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