North Carolina

Ferry Tolls on the Rise

Jan 5, 2012


The Department of Transportation is proposing toll increases for several ferry routes, including the Southport/Fort Fisher ride.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate decreased from 9.7 percent in October to 9.5 percent in November.

The White House has announced that North Carolina is among nine states receiving federal Race to the Top funds for early childhood education. 

A mold-breaking education initiative in North Carolina is now a major step closer to taking home a piece of the federal recovery fund pie.

More than 20 dead pelicans have washed ashore along the southeastern North Carolina coast in the past few weeks. 

Today marks the final story in a WHQR News series focusing on some of the 34 new laws that took affect yesterday in North Carolina, including the 2011 Justice Reinvestment Act which was created to reduce spending in the prison system. Sara Wood reports the law significantly changes the way crimes are sentenced in the state. 

Two New North Carolina Laws Target Drivers

Nov 30, 2011

The WHQR News Team continues a series on laws taking effect tomorrow in North Carolina. Laura’s Law focuses on drunk driving and as Sara Wood reports, it creates a new level of sentencing for defendants with three or more grossly aggravating factors.

New Law Criminalizes Violence on Unborn Children

Nov 29, 2011

To kick-off a series on new laws taking effect in North Carolina on Thursday, WHQR News begins with The Unborn Victims of Violence Act. Sara Wood reports the Unborn Victims of Violence Act or Ethen’s Law has been circulating through the state legislature for 25 years.

The Lumbee Tribe has elected and sworn in its fifth chairman, Paul Brooks.

WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that Brooks also chairs the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs. He won the Lumbee post in a race against three other candidates.

The North Carolina New Schools Project, a joint private and public endeavor, is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s “Investing in Innovation” award.