As it tackles high-profile cases, the North Carolina Supreme Court is struggling to be seen as nonpartisan. Among its critics is its own chief justice, a steadfast Republican who recently scolded Democratic justices for having what he says is a partisan agenda.
Five words in the state constitution are at the core of a disagreement among judges about gerrymandering in North Carolina. Now the state Supreme Court, in a case with national implications, will decide if districts that might distort the will of the people can be considered free.
Amid robust profits at urban hospitals across the state, the Republican state treasurer is fighting for lower prices and more transparency in his distinctively aggressive, stubborn style. Hospitals don’t like him – and the feeling is mutual.
The last remaining Black insurance firm in the U.S., which is based in downtown Durham, will disappear this year. Its demise reflects the decline of an era of Black capitalism that supported African-American upward mobility.
The state’s signature college affordability program, once controversial, is now credited with saving one institution, growing two others, and was just expanded to cover a fourth: Is it a model or a fluke?