OCRACOKE — The bright, white Ocracoke Lighthouse has aided mariners for nearly 200 years, longer than any other in North Carolina and second longest in the nation.

RALEIGH — A North Carolina legislator best known as the architect of the state's so-called bathroom bill three years ago is racking up contributions and endorsements as he runs in the repeat of a congressional race marred by a ballot fraud scandal .

WASHINGTON — Republicans lashed out Thursday at fellow GOP Sen. Richard Burr for his committee's subpoena of President Donald Trump's son, a move that suggested the Russia investigation is not "case closed" as some in the party insist. Trump said he was "very surprised" at the move.

RALEIGH — Legislation originally designed to prohibit hand-held cellphones while driving in North Carolina nearly stalled Friday after a rewrite because lawmakers worried it would punish people who eat or put on makeup behind the wheel.

RALEIGH — Duke Energy Corp. is pushing North Carolina legislators to allow the country's largest electric company to line up profitable infrastructure projects years into the future and bypass lengthy regulatory battles.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service warned consumers not to eat the pepperoni and ham-and-cheese sandwiches that are sold in 9-ounce carton packages by J & J Snack Foods Handhelds of Holly Ridge.

A funeral home covered burial expenses. The Army provided soldiers to fold the U.S. flag and play taps. And more than 100 veterans and others, many of them strangers, attended the service Wednesday at Salisbury National Cemetery.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center developed a two-pronged malnutrition initiative to help discharged patients. They are sent home with two weeks worth of healthy food and a new clinical outreach dietician helps former patients continue to eat healthy, even connecting them to services they need.