The week in Raleigh opened with ceremonial pomp as Gov. Roy Cooper visited the General Assembly to lay out his vision for the state, but closed grounded in the nitty-gritty of competing Republican tax plans and Cooper's first veto. Cooper on Thursday vetoed a measure that would re-establish partisan elections for local judges.
Visitors to the Legislative Building in recent days may have noticed something they haven't seen before - a uniformed police officer posted at the rear entrance to the building. The change is part of an overall security review of the legislative complex, according to police. Chief Martin Brock of the N.C.