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NC governor vetoes bill moving up absentee ballot deadline

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed more legislation, this time a bill that would prevent the counting of mail-in absentee ballots received after Election Day. Cooper's veto on Thursday was expected, given that the measure was approved by the House and Senate on party lines favoring Republicans. The veto is unlikely to get overridden. Current law says envelopes postmarked by the day of the election can count if received within a three-day grace period. Republicans insist the...

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Duke Energy electric customers in North Carolina will now see a new line-item charge on their monthly bills to repay $1 billion in bonds the company issued to get repaid for repairs from 2018 and 2019 storms. The storm recovery charge will mean a roughly $2.40 increase for the average Duke Energy Progress residential customer and 50-cent increase for a similar Duke Energy Carolinas customer. The General Assembly gave Duke Energy the ability to issue the bonds to get reimbursed, rather than go through normal rate case requests with state regulators.

A wildlife official says a manatee found stranded on the North Carolina coast on Thursday has died. First reported by Outer Banks Today, the nearly 10-foot-long female was still alive when it was found by a woman walking the beach around sunrise near Kill Devil Hills. There were no visible signs of trauma, but Clark says the manatee appeared to have been malnourished. She says the remains will be taken to N.C. State University’s lab in Morehead City for a necropsy. Officials say there have been more local manatee sightings recently.

A law prohibiting certain modifications of vehicles known as the “Carolina Squat,” or the “Carolina Lean,” took effect Wednesday. PRE’s Meredith Radford has more.

  

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North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed more legislation, this time a bill that would prevent the counting of mail-in absentee ballots received after Election Day. Cooper's veto on Thursday was expected, given that the measure was approved by the House and Senate on party lines favoring Republicans. The veto is unlikely to get overridden. Current law says envelopes postmarked by the day of the election can count if received within a three-day grace period.

More current North Carolina state legislators have thrown their hat into the ring to run for Congress next year. Democratic state Sen. Don Davis of Pitt County on Wednesday kicked off his campaign for the 2nd Congressional District seat. And three-term Republican Sen. Chuck Edwards of Henderson County began his campaign for the 14th Congressional District seat on Tuesday. Current state Rep. James Gailliard and former state Sen. Erica Smith have already started their bids for the 2nd District Democratic nomination.

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Lifestyle and fashion magazine ELLE announced Thursday it is banning fur from all pages of its publications in a move to support animal welfare and reflect changing tastes.

When the Supreme Court hands down its decision in a highly-watched Mississippi abortion case this summer, access to legal abortion could end for more than 100 million Americans, including those living in nearly every Southern state and large swaths of the Midwest.

The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday sued to block a $40 billion deal in which the Silicon Valley chip maker Nvidia sought to buy British chip designer Arm.

Officials with the FTC say the deal, which would be the largest semiconductor-chip merger in history, would give Nvidia unlawful power, hurt competition and raise prices for consumers.

Updated December 2, 2021 at 9:25 PM ET

A day before the federal government is scheduled to run out of money, Congress on Thursday approved a short-term spending bill that will keep federal agencies running through Feb. 18, 2022.

The legislation now goes to President Biden, who needs to sign it before the midnight deadline on Friday to avoid any lapse in funding.

Researchers in Botswana and South Africa just detected the omicron variant a few weeks ago, but already many scientists are predicting that the efficacy of the vaccines will likely take a hit, probably a big hit, when it comes to stopping infections of omicron. And more breakthrough infections will likely occur if (and that's a big if) omicron spreads here in the U.S.

At the same time, there's hope that vaccines will still offer good protection against severe disease and hospitalization, especially with a third dose.

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