A technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
These 7 States, Including NC, Are Banding Together to Buy 3.5 Million Rapid COVID-19 Tests

The bipartisan state compact comes after months of testing shortages and delayed results, which have hindered many states’ abilities to reign in worsening outbreaks.

Buncombe County Commissioner Al Whitesides joined other members of the county board in voting for reparations this week in the western NC county. (Image via Whitesides' Facebook page)
This NC County Just Joined Asheville in Passing Reparations

Buncombe County in NC joined its county seat, Asheville, in apologizing for slavery and approving reparations to address racial inequalities.

Medical personnel handle test samples at a community coronavirus testing site operated by Cone Health and the county Health Department in Burlington, N.C. in July. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Cooper Extends Coronavirus Measures Into September, Pledging Not to Repeat Other States’ Mistakes

NC Gov. Roy Cooper puts off coronavirus reopening another five weeks, but says state might be able to host scaled back Republican National Convention.

Gov. Roy Cooper, at the podium, and NC DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen. (Photo by Dept. of Public Safety)
‘We Need to do a Lot More’: Gov. Cooper Addresses Newly Formed Racial Equity Task Force

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has exposed huge racial disparities in NC, Gov. Cooper says a new task force combating inequity is crucial.

One parent and teacher wants to know why, in the midst of a pandemic, Superintendent Mark Johnson's agency is recommending a resumption of high-stakes testing. (Image via Johnson's page).
Why Are NC Schools Pushing Standardized Testing in the Midst of a Pandemic?

A NC teacher and parent says, with COVID impacting how dozens of school districts reopen, it’s the wrong time to restart high-stakes standardized testing.

A waterfront dock shows damage following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. A nearby nuclear plant reportedly lost power early Tuesday, spurring safety fears at the facility. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
As Isaias Approached NC, A Nuclear Power Plant Temporarily Lost Power

A North Carolina nuclear plant in the path of Tropical Storm Isaias reported an “unusual” loss of power Tuesday morning, officials reported.

Joe Biden with supporters
How Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” Plan Will Help Latinos and Other People of Color

The fourth and final part of Biden’s economic recovery proposal aims to “deal with systemic racism and advance racial equity in our economy.”

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I Voted for Trump in 2016. But, As A Grandfather of Six, I Can’t Possibly Do It Again.

A Republican voter from NC explains why, after voting for Trump in 2016, Biden will be the first Democratic presidential candidate he's backed since Carter.