Articles by Gary D. Robertson

Pork Producer Smithfield Settles Nuisance Lawsuits in N.C. as Court Affirms Verdict

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a 2018 jury verdict that led to awarding monetary damages to neighbors of a North Carolina industrial hog operation for smells and noise they said made living nearby unbearable. But judges ruled the …

North Carolina Sues for Damages in ‘Forever Chemicals’ Release

The state of North Carolina sued on Tuesday to seek financial damages from companies associated with so-called “forever chemicals” released for decades from a Bladen County plant into the Cape Fear River. Attorney General Josh Stein, who is also a …

North Carolina Insurance Donor to Appeal Conviction, Accuses Commissioner of Perjury

An insurance company founder and big political donor heading to prison after being convicted of attempting to bribe North Carolina’s top elected regulator of the industry remains confident he’ll get a new trial or overturned conviction. In a letter sent …

North Carolina Extends Business, Event Restrictions Until Mid-September

North Carolina’s COVID-19 restrictions keeping some businesses with higher risks for spreading the virus closed and mass gatherings severely limited will remain in place for another five weeks, Gov. Roy Cooper announced last week. Cooper’s current executive order, which also …

North Carolina Prepares for Hurricane Isaias Amid Virus Fight

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on Friday to help prepare for Hurricane Isaias, which he said will bring atypical challenges given the longstanding COVID-19 crisis. The emergency declaration, running concurrently with the one for the …

Health Insurer Centene to Develop $1B North Carolina Regional Hub, Create 3,200 Jobs

Government health insurance provider Centene Corp. said on Wednesday it will build an East Coast campus in Charlotte, North Carolina, developing a $1 billion construction project that’s expected to create more than 3,200 new jobs by 2032. Gov. Roy Cooper …

North Carolina Gyms, Bars Unable to Reopen as COVID-19 Veto Stays in Place

The North Carolina General Assembly failed on Wednesday to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a measure that would have allowed gyms and bars to open again despite his executive order keeping them closed due to COVID-19. Republicans in …

North Carolina Lawmakers Send Bill to Allow More Business Re-Openings to Governor

North Carolina legislators sent another bill on Thursday to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper designed to overturn parts of his executive order for COVID-19 that’s kept several types of retail businesses shuttered for months. The General Assembly finalized a measure to …

North Carolina Eases Business Restrictions, Allows Restaurants to Serve Indoors

Gov. Roy Cooper is letting North Carolina restaurants, barber shops and salons welcome patrons inside starting this holiday weekend, reporting on Wednesday that the state’s COVID-19 trends remain largely stable. But bars, gyms and other indoor entertainment venues will remain …

North Carolina Gov Extends Stay-Home Order for 2 Weeks, Unveils Reopen Plan

Resisting pressure as other Southern chief executives begin allowing businesses to reopen, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday that the state’s stay-at-home order from COVID-19 will remain in place for at least another two weeks. The Democratic governor, who …