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More NC Senate candidates release money totals

Two more Republicans running for U.S. Senate in North Carolina have announced how much they've raised heading into the final weeks before the May 6 primary. More>>

Congress is giving states the transportation blues

On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects... More>>

Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats

Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year's midterm elections. More>>

Colleges seek to improve remedial programs

The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels' remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College. More>>

Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas... More>>

Mitchell pulls out of 12th District race

Former Charlotte City Councilman James Mitchell has dropped out of the race to fill the 12th Congressional District seat vacated when Mel Watt became head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. More>>

McCrory, tax overhaul opponents talk on filing day

Conservatives are using the April 15 deadline to celebrate tax changes that North Carolina lawmakers argue will keep more money in family wallets and encourage job creation. More>>

People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve - for now. More>>

Push for a human relations council Video included


Activists are calling upon Pitt County Commissioners to ease tension in the community.  More>>

Feds charge woman in Hillary Clinton shoe-throw

Federal authorities have lodged two criminal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton while she gave a convention speech at a Las Vegas Strip resort. More>>

Mrs. Obama, 'first dogs' visits military families

Michelle Obama said Monday she is shining a light on military families who are her heroes and a medical facility that treats them as she gives thanks during an early Easter celebration. More>>

Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance efforts in stories based on thousands of secret documents handed over by... More>>

April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers

The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don't need to fret. More>>

Native Americans say US violated human rights

A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim. More>>

Rand Paul: US 'can't invite the whole world'

Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love." More>>

US ambassador: Talks with Iran continuing

The United States' ambassador to the United Nations says talks about Iran's nuclear program are continuing undisturbed by Washington's decision to block Tehran's ambassador to the diplomatic body. More>>

Finance ministers: Economy stronger but fragile

The world's top financial officials say they believe the global economy is strengthening but that growth remains fragile and open to risks of new geopolitical strife, as in Ukraine. More>>

Cruz says he's optimistic about turning US around

Ted Cruz says he's optimistic about the country's future. More>>

'Obamacare' under attack as conservatives eye 2016

Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama's health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans... More>>

Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message

Potential presidential contender Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message to "hit those who haven't been listening" and to keep their political movement growing. More>>

Peru state a violent 'mini-dictatorship'

One by one, the senior officials from the capital took the microphone and apologized to an auditorium packed with angry people who had long been living in fear. The officials admitted they had failed to prevent a political... More>>

Feds: Safety concerns led to Nevada cow release

By MARTIN GRIFFITH Associated Press Federal land managers say "escalating tensions" led them to release all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has... More>>

Friday is deadline to register for May NC primary Video included

A new law means North Carolina residents are no longer allowed to register to vote during early voting. So they're just about out of time if they want to cast ballots for the May 6 primary. More>>

Greenville City Council overturns the 4 unrelated rule Video included


On Thursday night the Greenville City Council voted to overturn the 4 unrelated rule. More>>

House candidate addresses criminal past


A state house candidate is asking voters to look past his criminal history. More>>

Greenville City Council passes new taxes for sweepstakes machines Video included


The city council in Greenville passed a new ordinance on Monday to tax sweepstakes parlors.The new taxes will go into effect on July 1st. More>>

Documents: FBI seized cash from mayor's home

Search warrants show that the day former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested on public corruption charges, FBI agents seized dozens of items from his home and offices, including cash, computers and financial records. More>>

Gay marriage's win streak tested in higher court

The gay rights movement's winning streak in same-sex marriage lawsuits faces its biggest test yet in Denver where a federal appeals court will weigh whether to give an important victory to gay couples' right to... More>>

Obama chides GOP for rejecting gender pay gap bill

Denouncing the current Congress as the least productive in modern history, President Barack Obama chided Republicans on Wednesday for blocking a Senate bill aimed at narrowing the gender pay gap - an issue Democrats are... More>>

Clodfelter sworn in as Charlotte's new mayor Video included

Dan Clodfelter has been sworn in as the fourth mayor of Charlotte since last spring. More>>

Obama offers solace to nation at Fort Hood

President Barack Obama returned to the grieving Army post Wednesday where he first took on the job as the nation's comforter five years ago, mourning at Fort Hood with families and uniformed comrades of those killed... More>>

Chief describes Boston Marathon lessons learned

It's been almost a year since police in the Boston suburb of Watertown were at the center of the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. More>>

Afghan official: Vote successful, not fraud free

An Afghan election official said Wednesday that national elections held last weekend were a success in terms of turnout and enthusiasm, but he cautioned that there may have been significant fraud. More>>

Stay issued on subpoenas in NC election law case


A federal magistrate judge has delayed enforcement of her ruling directing North Carolina legislators to hand over some emails and other documents about last year's election overhaul law to groups who've sued to overturn portions of the law. The stay issued by Judge Joi Peake late last week comes after lawyers for the state and Gov. Pat McCrory formally objected to her decision two weeks ago that legislators couldn't ignore subpoenas demanding the records. State attorneys insist lawmakers a... More>>

NC Republicans hold more top effectiveness spots

North Carolina Republicans expanded their majorities at the General Assembly at 2012. A survey assembled every two years by a nonpartisan research group finds they are wielding more influence in the legislative process, too. More>>

NC Senate hopefuls announce 1st quarter totals

Leading North Carolina U.S. Senate candidates are announcing their fundraising totals so far this year before they're required to tell election regulators next week. More>>

Tillis gets anti-abortion group backing in NC

House Speaker Thom Tillis has received the endorsement of an influential national anti-abortion group in the race for U.S. Senate in North Carolina. More>>

Preliminary cost for canine-control ordinance surfaces Video included


The cost of a canine control ordinance surfaced at Monday’s Pitt County Commissioners meeting and it's a significant increase.  More>>

2 NC Senate debates scheduled before early voting

Two televised debates and possibly a third will air later this month so North Carolina voters can learn more about some of the eight Republican U.S. Senate candidates. More>>

NC Libertarian convention meeting this weekend

North Carolina's Libertarian Party will have an unusual gathering this weekend because it will host a forum for its primary candidates for U.S. Senate. More>>

Attorney: NC photo ID wouldn't stop 2-state voting

Critics of North Carolina's elections overhaul law say information about potential voter fraud does not justify such wide-ranging and restrictive changes approved by Republicans last year. More>>

NC voter audit suggests widespread fraud


The North Carolina Board of Elections is investigating hundreds of cases where voters appear to have cast 2012 ballots in two states. More>>

State rep investigated for campaign finance misconduct Video included


The State Board of Elections is investigating a state rep who's running for re-election. More>>

No. 2 Senate Dem says minimum wage talks possible

The Senate's second-ranking Democrat says he'd be open to negotiating a compromise if Republicans block Democrats' efforts to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. More>>

Scandal-weary voters boot DC mayor from office

Reeling from allegations by federal prosecutors that he knew about the dirty tricks that helped him get elected four years ago, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray tried to rally his base. But his core supporters... More>>

Muriel Bowser defeats Gray in DC mayoral primary

Muriel Bowser won the District of Columbia's Democratic mayoral primary Tuesday, defeating incumbent Vincent Gray in a race defined by a scandal involving Gray's campaign four years ago. More>>

NC council delays vote to select new mayor Video included

The Charlotte City Council will wait another week before choosing a mayor to replace Patrick Cannon, who resigned last week in a public corruption scandal. More>>

Sweepstakes: Legal or illegal? Video included


Sweepstakes cafes---those small gambling houses drawing in hundreds to play Vegas-style games---law enforcement’s busted many in the East, yet others are still open.  More>>

Only on WNCT.com – Hagan speaks on abortion, immigration, and marijuana


9 On Your Side was the only camera allowed into the closed event for the senator’s entire remarks and question and answer session. More>>

NC council meeting to appoint new mayor Video included

The Charlotte City Council is holding a special meeting to pick a new mayor to replace Patrick Cannon, who resigned last week in a public corruption scandal. More>>

DNC chairwoman attending NC political luncheon

The leader of the Democratic National Committee is slated to be in North Carolina to build support for dozens of female candidates in the state who support abortion rights. More>>

Clay Aiken stumps for votes in Greenville Video included


Senator Kay Hagan and reality show runner-up Clay Aiken paid a visit to Greenville to drum up support for their campaigns. More>>

You ask, we answer: What if you don't pay your taxes? Video included


The Governor’s office says one of the things that must happen is belt tightening.  More>>

NC elections overhaul law likely focus at meeting

North Carolina's recent changes to elections and voting laws will get more attention, this time from a national organization that ultimately wants to write reports for elected officials on how to improve voting rights. More>>

Hundreds attending NC conservative conference

Conservatives gaining more clout in North Carolina politics are gathering again to learn about policy issues and how to influence voters while seeking to get energized from state and national speakers. More>>

New Bern aldermen slash non-profits' funding Video included


The New Bern Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to slash its funding of four non-profits in half next fiscal year. More>>

APNewsBreak: NC governor directs belt-tightening

Gov. Pat McCrory has directed more belt-tightening within North Carolina government as pre-emptive actions to protect the state from a Medicaid shortfall and a fuzzy revenue picture. More>>

Pitt County DSS director makes plea for more employees Video included


The Pitt County Department of Social Services is swimming in work and asking commissioners for help. More>>

NC Medicaid shortfall estimated from $69M to $140M

North Carolina officials say they expect a funding shortfall for the state's Medicaid system for this fiscal year. But it doesn't appear at the moment to be as large as last year. More>>

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