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Duke Energy Requests a Rate Increase for North Carolina Households

If the proposal is approved, a typical Duke Energy Carolinas residential customer would see their monthly bill rise from $115.01 per month to $127.55 starting next January.

FILE - Power transmission lines deliver electricity to rural Orange County on Aug. 14, 2018, near Hillsborough, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
Gunfire Damages North Carolina Substation, No Outage Caused

EnergyUnited said that an alarm early Tuesday alerted it to an equipment problem at the substation in Randolph County, north of Charlotte.

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, left, speaks while Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, listens during a post-election news conference at the Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday, Nov. 9. 2022. Republicans made seat gains in both the House and Senate on Election Day, with Senate Republicans now holding a veto-proof majority. But Moore said House Republicans fell one seat short of a similar veto-proof threshold (AP Photo/Gary D. Robertson)
‘Deception, Surprise and Trickery’: NC House Republicans Change Rules to Make it Easier to Bypass Gov. Cooper’s Veto Pen

Republicans pushed through temporary rules that omit a longstanding requirement that House leaders give at least two days' notice before holding a vote to override the governor's veto of a bill. The change, which likely will be debated when permanent rules surface, could allow Republicans to complete an override simply because one Democrat leaves to take a phone call.

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during a news conference in Statuary Hall at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. McCarthy rounded his first full week as House speaker in the most outwardly orderly way. There was hardly a hint of the chaotic, rebellious fight it took for the Republicans to arrive here, having barely installed him as the leader with the gavel. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
As Republicans Take Control of Congress, Divisions in the Party Erupt

Chaos behind closed doors as Trump-aligned Republicans threaten to undermine the party's agenda.

Chicago educator Tamisha Holifield spends time with her 2-year-old daughter Rian Holifield at Nichols Park, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. When Holifield and her daughter had COVID-19 in May, the toddler had to miss 15 days of child care. Bouts of colds have followed in what Holifield described as a "constant whirlwind" of sickness that has been stressful both financially and emotionally. "It's a major inconvenience. But I'm a single parent, so I don't have a choice. If I drop the ball, the game is over," Holifield said. (AP Photo/Erin Hooley)
Move On From COVID? Child Care Disruptions Continue

A record-high 104,000 people missed work in October because of child care problems, surpassing even early pandemic levels.

Former President Donald Trump gestures as he announces he is running for president for the third time as he speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Nov. 15, 2022. Trump is facing a new legal threat, but there is little sign that the Republican Party is defending the former president with the same intensity and urgency that defined his previous legal clashes. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
GOP’s Usual Embrace of Trump Muted After Criminal Referral

Has the party of Trump finally hit a wall after the bipartisan January 6th committee recommended criminal prosecution of the former president?

Nadine Seiler of Waldorf, Md., holds a sign that reads "SCOTUS is Illegitimate" in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, as the Court hears arguments on a new elections case that could dramatically alter voting in 2024 and beyond. The case is from highly competitive North Carolina, where Republican efforts to draw congressional districts heavily in their favor were blocked by a Democratic majority on the state Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
US Supreme Court Justices Appear Skeptical of Giving State Legislatures Unchecked Elections Power

The Moore v. Harper case, which originated in North Carolina, has the potential to dramatically alter American elections.