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These Are the Best, Worst States for Summer Road Trips

Texas ranks No. 1, per WalletHub

(Newser) - Summertime, and the drivin' is easy—or at least it is in Texas, the No. 1 city on WalletHub's list of the best states for a summer road trip. The site looked at all 50 nifty to see which ones have the potential to draw out your inner Kerouac,...

Inflammatory Candidate Shakes Up NC Race
Trump Ally
Shakes Up
NC Race
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Trump Ally Shakes Up NC Race

GOP's Mark Robinson takes flak for posts about women, LGBTQ community

(Newser) - One of the most high-profile governor's races in the nation is in North Carolina, where GOP Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is up against Democratic state Attorney General Josh Stein. Given that North Carolina is a swing state with a Democratic governor (Roy Cooper) and a GOP-controlled Legislature, the race...

These States' Economies Are Pulling Their Weight

Washington tops WalletHub's rankings

(Newser) - How well the US economy is doing is dependent on how well the states themselves are doing, and WalletHub looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia to see which ones boast the best economies. Three main categories are in play: economic activity (including startup activity, exports per...

Mom Says Son Tried to Get NBA Autograph, Got Run Over Instead

Tamaria McRae sues Hornets guard LaMelo Ball after she says Ball ran over son's foot in Charlotte

(Newser) - A young basketball fan was injured while seeking an autograph from one of his favorite NBA players, and now his mom is suing. ESPN reports that Tamaria McRae filed her complaint Tuesday in North Carolina against the Charlotte Hornets and guard LaMelo Ball, alleging that Ball hit her now-12-year-old son,...

It Could Soon Be a Crime to Wear a Mask in Public in NC

The bill passed North Carolina's state Senate, was sent to the House

(Newser) - Prior to the COVID pandemic, it was illegal to wear a mask in public in North Carolina—a 1953 law put in place in response to Ku Klux Klan activity in the state. It could soon be illegal again, as Republicans in the state legislature are looking to revoke the...

Sculpture of 'America's Pastor' Unveiled in DC

The late Billy Graham is honored by his home state of North Carolina at the US Capitol

(Newser) - A bronze sculpture of the late Rev. Billy Graham, the prolific evangelist also known as "America's Pastor," was unveiled at the US Capitol on Thursday. Graham's likeness, depicting the minister with his archetypal gesture toward an open Bible in his hand, was revealed inside National Statuary...

Louisiana, You're No. 1 (But You May Not Like Why)

State earns the dubious honor of having the most aggressive drivers, per ConsumerAffairs

(Newser) - "What the heck is making Montana drivers so unnecessarily angry?" That's the question posed by Jalopnik after viewing ConsumerAffairs' latest ranking of states where drivers are, shall we say, a little hot behind the wheel. Montana comes in third on that list, which ConsumerAffairs culled by looking at...

Kid Said Monsters Were in the Wall, Wasn't Totally Wrong

60K bees were inside

(Newser) - Plenty of little kids are scared of monsters in the closet or under the bed, and so was 3-year-old Saylor Class. Only Saylor's monsters were in the wall of her bedroom in her family's 100-year-old farmhouse in Charlotte, North Carolina. Saylor had just seen Monsters, Inc., so mom...

Charlotte Shooter Had Been Charged 49 Times

Killing of 4 officers was deadliest attack on US law enforcement since 2016

(Newser) - The man who killed four law enforcement officers and wounded four others in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday has been identified as Terry Clark Hughes Jr., a 39-year-old man with a long criminal history in the state. The Charlotte Observer reports that according to court records, Hughes had faced 49...

What We Know About the Charlotte Shooting That Killed 4 Officers

Tragedy unfolded as officers attempted to serve a firearms warrant

(Newser) - Eight law enforcement officers were shot Monday, four of them fatally , in what the local police chief described as possibly the worst such incident in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area. "I can't remember an incident where three law enforcement officers were killed in the same incident, as well...

'Bunch of Dummies' Decide to Play With Bear Cubs in Wild
No Charges for 'Dummies'
Who Handled Bear Cubs

No Charges for 'Dummies' Who Handled Bear Cubs

Experts warn of the dangers of interacting with wildlife this way

(Newser) - The people who were recorded removing two bear cubs from a tree in Asheville to take photos will not face charges, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) said Friday. FOX Carolina reports the commission released a statement that read in part, "While dangerous and unfortunate, it appears to be...

Passenger Lands Plane After Pilot's Medical Emergency

Duke professor who was piloting the plane did not survive

(Newser) - A passenger successfully landed a private plane in North Carolina on Sunday after the pilot suffered a fatal medical emergency during the flight. Duke professor Joseph Izatt, 61, was flying the single-engine Cirrus SR-20 when he "slumped over the controls," according to Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and the sole...

NASCAR Track Might Actually Have a Moonshine Cave Beneath It

Large open area found underneath North Wilkesboro Speedway in NC

(Newser) - "We'd often hear stories of how an old moonshine still was operated here on the property under the grandstands," says a VP at Speedway Motorsports about North Carolina's North Wilkesboro Speedway. CBS Sports calls it an "urban legend," but it turns out those stories...

Big Showdown Now Set in NC Governor's Race
Big Showdown Now Set
in NC Governor's Race
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Big Showdown Now Set in NC Governor's Race

Trump-backed Mark Robinson will face Democrat Josh Stein

(Newser) - The Democratic attorney general and the Republican lieutenant governor won North Carolina's primaries for governor on Tuesday, the AP projects, setting the stage for what will be an expensive and high-stakes November contest in a state that the two parties see as a pivotal battleground. Josh Stein and Mark...

American Flight Bound for NC Makes a Sad, Unexpected Stop

Indiana woman dies after falling sick midflight; plane made emergency landing on Caribbean isle

(Newser) - A flight from the Dominican Republic to North Carolina made an emergency stop in the Turks and Caicos Islands this week after a woman fell ill during the trip and later died. A Wednesday social media post from the archipelago's police force, which deemed the incident a "sudden...

Man Running for Congress Just Hit the Jackpot

Republican Josh McConkey will fund campaign in North Carolina with his half of $1.5M winnings

(Newser) - A North Carolina physician hit it big in the lottery earlier this month, and that money came just in time for him to fund his run for Congress. WNCN reports that Dr. Josh McConkey, who's also a colonel in the Air Force Reserve, matched all five balls in the...

Tipline Prevents 6 School Attacks in a Single State

Anonymous reporting system also prevented more than 100 suicides over 4 years, study finds

(Newser) - School tiplines used to report potential gun violence and other concerning behavior from students helped prevent at least six attacks on schools in North Carolina over four years, according to a new study. Schools in 23 states, serving more than 5 million students from grades 6 to 12, have adopted...

City 'Deeply Remorseful' Over Man's 44 Years in Prison to Pay $22M

Ronnie Long also got apology from city of Concord, North Carolina, as well as $3M more from state

(Newser) - A North Carolina man wrongfully imprisoned for more than four decades has been awarded a $25 million settlement from the city of Concord and the state. The payout for Ronnie Long, now 68, comes after he sat in prison for 44 years following a wrongful conviction for burglary and rape...

Toddler Opens All Family's Gifts at 3am: 'No Present Spared'

Hilarious X thread shows what happens when a 3-year-old has free rein under the tree

(Newser) - As a science fiction and fantasy author, Scott Reintgen is used to probing Q&As . Over the Christmas weekend, however, the North Carolina resident held an impromptu one on social media after he and his wife made a rather jolting discovery early Christmas morning. "Yall. My three year old...

NC City Just Picked Its Mayor Via a Coin Toss

Robert Burns wins office in Monroe, North Carolina, after tie with opponent

(Newser) - Five candidates recently ran for the office of mayor in North Carolina's city of Monroe, and two of them ended up at the top during the Nov. 7 election, with the same exact number of votes: 970 each. Now Robert Burns has been declared the new mayor of the...

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