Kari Travis - Carolina Journal News Service

Kari Travis - Carolina Journal News Service

RALEIGH — During a 2020 legislative session immersed in financial doubt and civil unrest, Republican lawmakers flailed against Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto power, fighting executive orders they say hurt North Carolina.

RALEIGH — A Senate bill to ensure visitation rights for hospital patients passed the House unanimously Thursday, June 25. But the new version is stripped, the bill’s sponsor says, leaving hospitals to block visitors under COVID-19 restrictions. The Senate rejected the watered-down version.

CHAPEL HILL — While the University of North Carolina System has a new president, the N.C. Community College System is left seeking applicants for its top job.  

RALEIGH — On May 7, Cheryl Holtsclaw took her dad to the emergency room at Watauga Medical Center in Boone. Hospital policy blocked visitors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, so the 86-year-old man, suffering kidney problems, awaited treatment alone.

RALEIGH — Just off North Carolina’s Highway 55 sits a tiny biker bar near the line of Wake and Harnett counties. As you’re passing by, you’ll see a sign out front. 

Angie Mikus was cooking a pot of spaghetti sauce in her kitchen March 17 while Gov. Roy Cooper, somewhere in his Raleigh offices, finalized the decision to close restaurants and private bars across North Carolina.  

RALEIGH — As North Carolina grapples with President Trump’s call to pull the Republican National Convention from Charlotte, both Democrats and Republicans are seizing on the moment — using the fight to appeal to their respective bases.

RALEIGH — Like many gym owners in North Carolina, Neil Strother and his wife, Ann, just want to reopen their Wilson business, Victory Fitness.

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper should stop picking winners and losers in business as he reopens North Carolina’s economy, says N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland. 

RALEIGH — Lockhart Taylor is out as director of employment security at the N.C. Department of Commerce. 

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