Craft beer growth in N.C. reflects nationwide trend

As America drinks more and more craft beer, brewers note that North Carolina's unique economic position makes it a hotbed for the growing market.

Andrew Barnhill—Divinity '13, the student speaker at Duke’s 2013 Commencement Ceremony––is in the process of planning to officially launch a campaign for the North Carolina State Senate.

Duke alum Andrew Barnhill to launch state senate bid

Less than two years after Andrew Barnhill was the University's student speaker at commencement, he is launching a campaign for state senate.

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N.C. innocence commission sets the standard for others

After success in advocating for wrongfully convicted individuals, the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission is looking to expand its reach through increased funding from the state government.

Support for N.C. medical marijuana legalization off to blazing start

A bill to expand the legal use of medical marijuana in North Carolina passed a first reading in the General Assembly earlier this month.

The killings have prompted conversations about Islamophobia around the world.

Chapel Hill shooting sparks Islamophobia debate

One week following the murders of three local college students, the many in the Triangle community are still working toward healing.

Video: Vigil in Chapel Hill for homicide victims

Last Thursday, community and university leaders at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill joined thousands of students, faculty and people from around the Triangle to commemorate the lives of...

In his State of the State speech last week, Governor Pat McCrory discussed a state-based Medicaid expansion to cover people with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line.

McCrory embraces state-initiated Medicaid expansion

North Carolina may expand its Medicaid program in 2015 under the Governor's new healthcare agenda.

Three dead in Chapel Hill homicide

The victims are newlyweds Deah Barakat, a second-year student in the School of Dentistry, and Yusor Mohammed, who planned to start at the dentistry school in the Fall, as well as Yusor's sister...

McCrory brought the discussion of the merits of liberal arts to the forefront of state politics in 2013 by commenting that gender-studies should not be funded at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Value of humanities education doubted in academic circles

McCrory push for preprofessional programs leaves lingering concerns over the merits of liberal arts.

Governor Pat McCrory, presented his annual State of the State address at the N.C. General Assembly Wednesday evening.

McCrory offers ‘North Carolina plan’ in State of State address

Governor Pat McCrory listed new initiatives for North Carolina in his State of the State address at the N.C. General Assembly Wednesday night.

Elimination of teacher tenure faces state legal battle

A 2013 law that eliminates tenure for North Carolina’s teachers is under fire in the Court of Appeals.

Raleigh-Durham selected for Google Fiber

Internet connections in Durham are about to get faster.

N.C. early voting revealed as vulnerable to identity fraud

With North Carolina's new voter identification law poised to take effect in 2016, one nonprofit organization used the midterm elections to show that committing voter fraud is currently easier than...

N.C. becomes last state to give criminal defendants jury choice

This week, North Carolina voters approved a new constitutional amendment by a 54 to 43 percent vote, allowing defendants to choose the type of their trial.

Members of the Duke community voted at one-stop early voting stations in the Old Trinity Room during the 2012 elections.

Early voting turnout increases amid concerns over voter ID law

Some experts initially said that a 2013 bill limiting early voting would drive down voter turnout, but early voter turnout has increased across the state, with Democrats accounting for much of the...

The NC Latino Coalition organized an interfaith prayer vigil for immigration reform in Durham last year and has been organizing similar events throughout the 2014 U.S. Senate Campaigns. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Latino Coalition.

Immigration reform a likely tipping point in Senate race

Immigration remains a hot-button issue in the North Carolina Senate election, as Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis face off today in what many have deemed a dead heat contest.

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Republicans challenge same-sex marriage, appeal Amendment One decision

Although state legislators were granted the ability to challenge the decision several days after the ruling, political observers have noted that a successful appeal is unlikely.

Experts offer advice for same sex-couples in wake of marriage legalization

Get Ready for Marriage North Carolina, an event hosted by Equality NC, offered legal and financial advice for those directly affected by the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in North Carolina

Durham celebrates first same-sex marriages

More than a dozen couples wed in downtown's Old Courthouse Monday—the first full day that North Carolina issued same-sex marriage licenses.

Last week, Speaker of the N.C. House Thom Tillis (left) released two campaign ads attacking incumbent Senator Kay Hagan (right) on her decisions concerning foreign policy crises in the Middle East.

Foreign policy rift emerges in Hagan-Tillis Senate race

Foreign affairs have taken center stage in North Carolina’s highly contentious U.S. Senate race—a shift from the social concerns that typically dominate senatorial elections.

GOP press secretary discusses race for NC Senate seat

"Voters in North Carolina could end up deciding whether it’s a Republican or Democrat-led senate."

First special needs charter school opens in North Carolina

This August, North Carolina’s first charter school for children with special needs opened in Raleigh, aiming to improve education for students with intellectual, social and developmental disabilities.

Planned Parenthood Votes, an organization that advocates for women’s health, recently announced a $500,000 ad-buy in North Carolina attacking Thom Tillis’ record on women’s issues.

Women's reproductive rights mark key issue in N.C. Senate race

A dramatic gender divide has the potential to influence one of the most tightly contested U.S. Senate races in the country.

Rev. William Barber, pictured holding microphone, is president of the N.C. NCAA and has been a leader in protests against new voting regulations that some say are hurting minorities.

Civil rights organizations mobilize to counter new voting restrictions

Fearing a decrease in voter turnout due to new voting regulations, organizations at Duke, in Durham and across North Carolina are mobilizing voters for the midterm elections this November.

Low teacher pay sets back N.C. education

With teacher salaries among the lowest in the country, North Carolina is watching its teachers leave the state—or decide not to go into teaching in the first place.