Archive: CJ News Service

  • ‘Smash and Grab’ often funds more sinister crimes

    Amid the shopping bags, holiday music, and twinkle lights, smash and grab crime videos are plaguing the retail season this year. Most recently a small boutique owner in Cary was a victim, with crooks taking more than $30,000 worth of products in her store in under a minute. The store…

  • Lawsuit challenging N.C. redistricting process thrown out

    A Wake County Superior Court Judge dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday that was filed against the state’s election redistricting process. The suit alleged that the General Assembly violated previous court precedents governing how election maps should be drawn. Judge Graham Shirley dismissed the suit, stressing that the ruling was not…

  • Fire on Pilot Mountain consuming 500 acres

    Firefighters are still battling a wildfire that engulfed North Carolina’s Pilot Mountain over the weekend. The blaze started Saturday afternoon, reportedly near the Grindstone Trail, and has now consumed more than 500 acres. No injuries have been reported and no homes are reported to have been damaged. However, officials now…

  • U.S. Supreme Court to hear N.C. voter ID case

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday, Nov. 24, that it will hear a case early next year involving North Carolina’s voter ID law. At issue is whether state legislative leaders are allowed to intervene in the case to defend the law. A U.S. District judge blocked the law in 2019.

  • NC high school sports plan signed into law

    Governor Roy Cooper has signed the Accountability and Fair Play in Athletics bill into law. House Bill 91 is an effort to reform the management of high school sports in North Carolina amid controversy surrounding the governing body, the N.C. High School Athletics Association. The Senate gave their final…

  • Small business bills waiting in Senate Rules Committee

    Having trouble getting a hair appointment or other services? There are three bills sitting in the Senate Rules Committee that sponsors say would loosen bureaucratic red tape for some small service businesses. Bill sponsors are eager to see them move before lawmakers adjourn for the year. One bill…

  • Legislators raise questions about speed, accuracy of HOPE Program

    Lawmakers are asking big questions about the state program that puts federal dollars into the hands of renters facing eviction during the pandemic.  At the Government Operations hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 17, members dug into the practices and policies of the Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions Program, or HOPE.

  • G.K. Butterfield to retire from Congress

    Rep. G.K. Butterfield, N.C.-1, a Democrat, has officially announced he’ll retire at the end of this term in Congress. Originally from Wilson, Butterfield, 74, has served in Congress since 2004. He has been in Congress for 18 years, representing a district that runs along North Carolina’s northern border with…

  • Update: Cooper signs first budget as governor

    Updated with news of the governor signing the budget, Senate Bill 105, 2021 Appropriations Act, into law.  Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday, Nov. 18, signed the $25.9 billion budget plan into law. It’s the first budget from the General Assembly that Cooper has signed since taking office in 2017.