Laura Leslie, WRAL NEWS in NC

Laura Leslie

WRAL NEWS in NC

Raleigh, NC, United States

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Bipartisan Kansas vote to keep abortion legal could encourage NC voter turnout

On Tuesday night, voters in Kansas voted 59 to 41 to preserve their abortion rights in their state constitution - a much bigger margin than anyone expected. Now, NC Democrats are hoping the issue will motivate their voters this fall, too. → Read More

NC Dems encouraged by Kansas abortion vote

Voters in Kansas voted 59 to 41 to preserve their abortion rights in their state constitution - a much bigger margin than anyone expected. Now, NC Democrats are hoping the issue will motivate their voters this fall, too. → Read More

NC legislative leaders ask federal judge to lift state’s 20-week abortion ban

Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal group, filed a friend-of-the-court the brief on GOP lawmakers' behalf, asking a federal judge to lift an injunction blocking North Carolina's law that bans abortions after 20 weeks. → Read More

Bill Carver to lead NC community colleges while system searches for permanent leader

The decision came a day after the board announced the resignation of Thomas Stith, who stepped down after an 18-month tenure. The resignation is effective Friday. → Read More

Former state NAACP president Rev. Anthony Spearman has died

The son of Rev. T. Anthony Spearman, former president of the North Carolina NAACP, confirmed his death on Wednesday. → Read More

Former state NAACP president Rev. Anthony Spearman found dead

The son of Rev. T. Anthony Spearman, former president of the North Carolina NAACP, confirmed his death on Wednesday. → Read More

Black students in Wake County more likely to be suspended compared to their classmates of other races, data shows

The Wake County Board of Education is working on a districtwide plan to cut down on racial and other disparities. → Read More

Stith resigns as president of state community college system

Thomas Stith, the president of North Carolina's community college system, has resigned. The board overseeing the system plans to announce an interim president in the coming days. → Read More

Official state case count likely out of line with COVID-19 spread in NC

Although public health officials and doctors have been sounding the alarm about the latest highly-contagious coronavirus subvariant, North Carolina's official case count is not ticking upward as expected, according to data released Wednesday by the state department of Health and Human Services. → Read More

NC fire marshals accuse state senator of self-dealing

One of the state's top safety organizations is accusing a powerful state senator of risking public safety to benefit himself and other farmers. The senator says it's untrue. → Read More

NC lawmakers OK historic $27.9B budget

North Carolina lawmakers have given tentative approval to the largest budget in state history. The vote in both chambers showed strong bipartisan support, making it less likely to be subject to a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. → Read More

Raises for state employees, preparations for recession, in proposed state budget

Legislative Republicans rolled out their proposed new state budget Tuesday, calling for a small new bump in state employee and teacher salaries. → Read More

How sports gambling bills fell apart in NC House and what could come next

Efforts to legalize online sports gambling in North Carolina stalled this week as a divided House failed to advance one of two key bills. A behind-the-scenes look at how it happened and what comes next. → Read More

Animal rights advocates push for ban on tethering in North Carolina

On Tuesday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals were outside the legislative building to push for a statewide ban on keeping dogs on chains outside. → Read More

EPA sets stricter standards for GenX, other 'forever chemicals' in NC drinking water

The EPA today announced new stricter health standards for GenX and two other so-called "forever chemicals" that are polluting North Carolina's drinking water. Those new standards could lead to cleaner, safer water in your home and across the country. → Read More

Wary about inflation, interest rates, North Carolinians adjust lifestyles to cut costs

A WRAL News poll shows that residents are worried about the economy and how it might affect their families. Most North Carolinians are adjusting their lifestyles to deal with rising costs. → Read More

Beasley, Budd in close race for US Senate seat, WRAL News poll shows

Democratic former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and Republican U.S. Rep. Ted Burr are running to fill the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Burr. → Read More

Gun-control advocates call out GOP lawmakers for blocking reform measures

Democratic lawmakers have filed many gun safety bills over the past decade, but Republican House and Senate leaders haven't allowed them to be heard. In the wake of yet another school massacre, advocates are calling on GOP leaders to reconsider. → Read More

Lawmakers discuss bill to reform how, when medical debt can be collected

House Bill 1039 would require hospitals to do more to assess whether patients are eligible for free care, and would limit how and when they can turn over a patient to collections. → Read More

Military vets push for medical marijuana

North Carolina lawmakers are weighing the legalization of medical marijuana, following 37 other states. Military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder have been among its most vocal advocates. Some will return to Raleigh next week to try to convince state House lawmakers. → Read More