Travis Fain, WRAL NEWS in NC

Travis Fain


Charlotte, NC, United States

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Recent articles by Travis:

NC bill would ban LGBTQ issues from K-3 curriculum

"Parents' Bill of Rights" bill would also require a range of parental notices, including if any student--from kindergarten through high school--wants to use different pronouns to describe themselves. → Read More

NC Attorney General Josh Stein hospitalized after stroke

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, expected to be the leading Democratic candidate for governor in 2024, says he suffered a minor stroke and had a blood clot removed. → Read More

Bribery allegations filed after money changes hands outside Hoke election site

No one disputes that a Hoke County commissioner running for reelection handed cash to a man in a pickup truck at a curbside voting site a week ago. The commissioner says he was just paying for his lawn care. → Read More

Thousands of NC prison beds remain without air conditioning, despite millions in state funding

The North Carolina General Assembly last year approved $30 million to address a lack of air conditioning in all or parts of nearly 40 state prison facilities. With summer approaching, none of the actual construction has begun. → Read More

From requesting a ballot to submitting it, a step-by-step guide to absentee voting in NC

A guide to requesting your 2020 absentee ballot in North Carolina. → Read More

Governor, other NC officials, got $206 Final Four tickets from UNC

Many of North Carolina's top elected officials were invited to sit with UNC leadership in New Orleans during the NCAA Final Four, say taxpayer funds didn't pay for the trip. → Read More

Poultry shows canceled as avian flu outbreak deepens in NC

North Carolina's avian flu outbreak has worsened, and on Tuesday the state veterinarian canceled all poultry shows and the sale of live birds. → Read More

It's election season: Absentee ballots heading out, sample ballots ready

Mail-in ballots start going out this week to people who have requested them, and a series of other election milestones hit in the coming weeks as North Carolina heads toward the May 17 primary elections. → Read More

State investigators asked to probe Meadows' voter registration

State Bureau of Investigation asked to join State Board of Elections on inquiry of former chief of staff, congressman's, voter history. → Read More

How do state leaders spend their time on your dime? We asked for their calendars

Opaque details like the public schedule released by the governor's office underscore the need for the public to have access to calendars for the state's top executives, transparency advocates say. Such documents can provide valuable insight into the daily work of the state's most powerful officials - and the work they do on the public's behalf. → Read More

NC groups, families hope for safety and comfort for loved ones in Ukraine

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is being felt on a personal level for some in the Triangle who are wanting the violence to end and hoping loved ones find safety. → Read More

US Rep. Madison Cawthorn calls Ukrainian president a 'thug'

The remarks from the North Carolina Republican congressman seeking reelection are out of step with the view of most GOP voters and the broader public.​ → Read More

Candidate filing closes, stage set for NC legislative primary battles

North Carolina's redistricting shake-up created high-profile primary fights in this year's legislative elections. → Read More

Judge blocks effort to keep Cawthorn off NC ballots

A federal judge has blocked an effort to keep Republican U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn off North Carolina ballots this year. → Read More

NC Republicans ask US Supreme Court to block new congressional districts

Top Republican lawmakers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to wade back into North Carolina's redistricting battle Friday, making a last-ditch effort to block a congressional voting map approved earlier this week by the state courts. → Read More

Cawthorn candidacy challenge 'no longer valid,' state says

Voters trying to keep U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn off the ballot over the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will have to start over. → Read More

NC: Masks optional after March 7; lawmakers vote to end school mandates now

As lawmakers and Gov. Roy Cooper moved to end mask mandates across the state, in public schools and in local communities, the political divide those restrictions have cemented was evident, even as House Speaker Tim Moore told his colleagues, "These kinds of decisions should be based on science but not political science." → Read More

Republican lawmakers plan bid to ban schools from requiring face masks

North Carolina Republicans said that they will file a bill next week in the House to ban schools from requiring students to wear face masks, a decision that comes amid growing pressure on local school boards to drop COVID-19 mask mandates. Republican representatives, however, want to make it so that schools won't be able to require face masks. Masking should be a choice that each parent makes,… → Read More

Cooper: DHHS guidance under review "right now" on masks, schools

"I'm pleased and hopeful that we can get back to normal lives with the understanding that we're all going to need to do things to make sure that we protect ourselves, dependent upon the risk," governor says. → Read More

North Carolina Supreme Court strikes down new voting maps

The North Carolina Supreme Court has made a decision on whether the new voting maps Republicans passed in November can stay in place ahead of the 2022 elections. → Read More