December 08, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The health insurance plan for North Carolina government employees, teachers, retirees and their families next year will cover some sex change surgeries and hormone therapy, but the next state treasurer isn’t happy about the decision.

The State Health Plan’s trustee board voted…

December 08, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — The largest-ever survey of transgender Americans paints a grim picture of pervasive discrimination and harassment, to the point that many of them attempt suicide at some point.

Released on Thursday by the National Center for Transgender Equality, the survey assesses input received…

Transgender Survey

December 08, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s incoming Democratic governor said Wednesday he’s optimistic he’ll be able to repeal the law limiting state and local LGBT protections, vowing to pull back the conservative agenda of a Republican-dominated legislature.

Roy Cooper told The Associated Press in an…

North Carolina Governor

December 08, 2016

Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news supervisor is Meg Kinnard.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take…

December 07, 2016

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — Before he was charged with firing an assault rifle inside a Washington restaurant, where he had been drawn by an online hoax, Edgar Maddison Welch was known as a well-meaning father of two girls who unnerved some with his religious fervor and sometimes had trouble detaching…

Gunman Pizza Shop

December 07, 2016

FOREST CITY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina mother wants a local St. Nick kicked to the curb for fat-shaming her son.

Ashley Mayse tells WLOS-TV (http://bit.ly/2g8JsXI ) that her 9-year-old son started crying when the Santa Claus at Forest City’s Main St. told him, “Lay off the and french fries”…

December 07, 2016

PETERSHAM, Mass. (AP) — In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, it’s easy to miss one of the tree’s nemeses. No larger than a speck of pepper, the Hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life on the underside of needles sucking sap, eventually killing the tree.

The bug is one in an…

Forest Pests

December 07, 2016


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Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in North Carolina. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Carolinas News Editor Tim Rogers at 919-510-8937 or at tmrogers@ap.org. Meg…

December 07, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — Laying new groundwork for his presidency, Donald Trump chose retired Gen. John Kelly Wednesday to head his Homeland Security Department and offered newly sympathetic words for the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

He also said he…


December 07, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump, a political newcomer who touts his corporate skills, turned businessman-in-chief Tuesday, first demanding the government cancel a multibillion-dollar order for new presidential planes and then hailing a Japanese company’s commitment to invest…

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