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The Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. The state placed fifth in a national poll of the best states in America. (Image via Shutterstock)
North Carolina Makes the Top Five in Head-to-Head Matchup of States

The Tar Heel State has beautiful mountains, beaches, and a boatload of personality. Good call, America.

After a racially disproportionate rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Lenoir County in Kinston, locals are focusing more on getting the shot to locals. (Image via screenshot)
After a Bumpy Vaccine Rollout, This Is How One Eastern North Carolina County Put Locals First

Triangle residents drove 90 minutes to get a vaccine in Lenoir County, making for a racially disproportionate rollout in Kinston.

A couple fills out ballots together at the O.P. Owens Building on November 3, 2020  in Lumberton, North Carolina.  After a record-breaking turnout during the 2020 election, Democrats and Republicans are at odds over Democrats plans to expand voting access through the 'For the People Act.' (Photo by Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images)
How North Carolina Became the Model for Democrats’ Nationwide Push to Expand Voting Access

Since Election Day, Republicans have filed hundreds of bills aimed at restricting voting access. But the federal ‘For The People Act’ would introduce sweeping, NC-like voting reforms nationwide.

George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis inspired 15-year-old Ocir Black of Winston-Salem, NC, to collect poignant letters from Black mothers to their sons. (Graphic by Denzel Boyd)
‘Love Letters To My Son’: How George Floyd Inspired a North Carolina Teen to Write a Book

George Floyd called out for his mom. The tragedy moved North Carolina's Ocir Black to collect letters from Black mothers to their sons.

In this January 2021 file photo, a medical professional heads to the parking lot at Bojangles Arena in Charlotte to administer the Covid-19 vaccine to a patient in their vehicle. (Photo by Grant Baldwin for Courier Newsroom.)
Gov. Cooper: Opening Vaccine to All Adults Will Guard Against COVID-19 Resurgence

North Carolina reporting successful rollout of COVID-19 vaccine. But Cooper says some still need convincing to get their shot.

Rapper J. Cole performs during halftime during the NBA All-Star game in 2019 in Charlotte. Coronavirus forced the Fayetteville native to cancel his North Carolina music festival Dreamville in 2020. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
A Silenced Year: How North Carolina’s Once-Booming Music Industry is Coping With Coronavirus

The pandemic upended an industry dependent on touring revenues, forcing artists, venues and fans alike to adapt.

The production line at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, based out of North Carolina. The famed company is giving away doughnuts to people getting their COVID vaccine. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Considering the COVID Vaccine? Krispy Kreme Will Give You a Donut Per Day

The North Carolina-based doughnut gods at Krispy Kreme want to sweeten the deal for those signing up for their COVID vaccine shots.