Articles by Jonathan Drew and Jeffrey Collins

How Michael Could Affect Florence Recovery in Storm-Weary Carolinas

In the storm-weary Carolinas, Hurricane Michael’s approach stoked fresh fears among homeowners who still have tarps on their roofs or industrial dehumidifiers drying their floors from destruction left by Hurricane Florence. Thousands of homes in North and South Carolina were …

Court: No Coverage for N.C. Employee Injured While Smoking on Break

A North Carolina city employee isn’t owed workers’ compensation for an injury he suffered while smoking during a lunch break, the state appeals court ruled last month. A three-judge panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals said Larry Brooks’ …

N.C. Court: No Workers’ Comp for Employee Injured While Smoking on Break

A North Carolina city employee isn’t owed workers’ compensation for an injury he suffered while smoking during a lunch break, the state appeals court ruled Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals said Larry Brooks’ fall …

North Carolina Tourist Islands Shutdown by Outage Reopened for Business

Rental houses and condos were expected to fill up Saturday on two North Carolina islands where a bridge construction accident cut power for a week and threatened seasonal businesses’ bottom lines. The first day of the weekend is a typical …

Icy Cold Creates Problems Across the South

Snow and sleet pounded a large swath of the U.S. East Coast on Saturday, coating roads with ice and causing hundreds of crashes. Thousands of people lost power and forecasters warned of blizzard-like conditions from Virginia to parts of the …

North Carolina Recovery Continues More Than 2 Weeks After Matthew

More than two weeks after Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina, some areas are still flooded and others are beginning the long process of recovery. In North Carolina, the hurricane dumped more than a foot of rain 100 miles inland, causing …

Attack on North Carolina GOP Office Under Investigation

Investigators combed through shards of glass, looked for residue of flammable accelerant and tried to narrow down the overnight hours when someone torched a local Republican Party office by throwing a flammable device through the window. The mayor said he …

North Carolina Gov Pushes for Changes to Controversial Discrimination Law

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he wants to change a new state law that prevents people from suing over discrimination in state court, but he’s not challenging a measure regarding bathroom access for transgender people. His announcement comes …

North Carolina High Court Upholds Firing of Deputies Who Didn’t Donate to Campaign

The North Carolina Supreme Court upheld the firings of sheriff’s deputies who declined to donate to their boss’s political campaign, ruling Jan. 26 that they aren’t covered by a state law protecting county workers from political coercion. The justices agreed …

Duke Energy Reaches $7M Settlement in North Carolina Coal Ash Case

Duke Energy agreed Tuesday to pay North Carolina regulators $7 million to settle allegations of groundwater pollution at its coal ash pits and to perform accelerated cleanups costing millions of dollars at four sites. The agreement came as lawyers for …