Gov. Roy Cooper appears to have decisively won reelection but Republicans prevailed in coastal and statewide matchups in unofficial election results.
North Carolina is on track to exceed turnout for the 2016 election and every presidential race going back 50 years, based on total votes cast before Election Day.
Coastal legislative districts, one in the Senate and two in the House, could be critical in determining which party controls the state legislature.
A week before Election Day, voter turnout in coastal North Carolina is in line with much of the rest of the state, with early vote totals well above the last two presidential cycles.
The N.C. Climate Change Interagency Council has wrapped up its review of the recently released report on risks and plan for climate resilience, highlighting the need to assist community-level decision making statewide.
Retirements, redistricting and possible shifts in voter preferences all stand to shift the balance of power in the legislature come Nov. 3.
The N.C. General Assembly approved a coronavirus relief package Thursday that also includes hurricane, tornado and earthquake assistance as well as parks funding, before adjourning Friday.
Gov. Roy Cooper announced this week a state spending proposal, including plans for the state’s unspent coronavirus relief, which Senate budget writers were quick to dismiss.
Environmental advocates have filed for an injunction to block the Trump administration’s overhaul of National Environmental Policy Act rules, just as the NEPA process begins for Wilmington projects.
The pandemic has increased funding pressures on the state’s already strained Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and trust funds for clean water projects and parks.
With staggering revenue shortfalls from the pandemic and the yearslong budget stalemate, slashed funding for state environmental programs and project delays are inevitable.
Along with coronavirus response measures, the North Carolina General Assembly passed bills with numerous environmental and coastal provisions before adjourning last week.
During a session that stretched into the early morning hours Friday, state lawmakers approved a number of bills with coastal, environmental and funding provisions before adjourning with plans to come back in September.
A bill advancing this week in Raleigh directs the state Department of Transportation to use $1.1 million in contingency money from last year to restart the passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke.
State Climatologist Kathie Dello says that since taking the job in 2019 she has found residents of North Carolina are ready and willing to talk about climate change, and that the state can be a leader.
Democrats in the N.C. House have introduced a trio of bills they say are intended to demonstrate the range of steps the state could take in regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.