Spring Is Here: Our Guide to NC’s Most Pleasant (And Pollinated) Season

We dish on North Carolina’s best plants, farmers’ markets, and destinations this spring.

FILE - North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein speaks in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, on Dec. 7, 2022. Stein announced a bid for governor in 2024 on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, with the Democrat pledging to focus on public education, economic opportunity and equality and to provide a sharp contrast with a potential Republican opponent. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein Announces 2024 Campaign for Governor

As state attorney general, Stein has defended reproductive freedom in North Carolina, reduced the state’s testing backlog on sexual assault kits, defended voting rights, and helped negotiate a national opioid settlement.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens to the fifth round of votes in the House chamber as the House meets for a second day to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Republicans Repeatedly Failed to Elect a New House Speaker. Here’s What That Means and Why It Matters

The new Republican-controlled House has thus far failed six separate times to elect a House Speaker—the first time such a debacle has occurred since 1923. Until the new Congress elects a speaker, the House cannot assign members to committees, introduce or vote on legislation, help constituents, or even swear in members.

Extreme heat is a problem across the country, whether in North Carolina or Andover, Mass, above. But the solutions require a local approach, experts say. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Fall Weather’s Coming. Yes, It’s the Perfect Time to Talk About How Hot It’s Been.

Though heat-related issues kill more people than any other weather-related danger, there are still some big misconceptions about the risks. 

Homes Aren’t Affordable in North Carolina. And It’s Getting Worse. 

The housing boom may be slowing, but there's a huge gap between what potential homeowners make and what they need to make to afford a mortgage. 

A slice of rural North Carolina.
Because of Federal Grants, 23 North Carolina Counties Are Finally Going to Get Broadband Internet

A lack of internet access is a huge problem in rural communities, and the grants, funded by the American Rescue Plan, are a part of an effort to close the “digital gap” in North Carolina. 

Chalina Morgan-Lopez, a senior at  Sanderson High School in Raleigh. (Courtesy of Chalina Morgan-Lopez)
Book Banners Tried to Stop This NC Teenager’s Speech. It Didn’t Work.

Raleigh’s Chalina Morgan-Lopez sees herself and her family in the literature that right-wing book banners are targeting. She’s not going to take it.