The Neuse River inundated this hog farm in Goldsboro on Wednesday.
Rick Dove / Waterkeeper Alliance

Floodwaters in eastern North Carolina are still rising, but so far haven't swamped any of Duke Energy's active coal ash ponds. But environmentalists worry about older, dry, coal-ash basins that did flood. And they're concerned about how animal waste and dead livestock will affect water quality.

North Carolina voters will help to determine the balance of power in the United States Senate next month. Republican Incumbent Richard Burr is seeking a third and - he says - final term. Democrat Deborah Ross has provided a tougher than expected challenge. Thursday night the two major party candidates deliberated over foreign policy, voting records and Donald Trump. 

Celeste Smith / Charlotte Observer

Winning the lottery is just sheer luck, right? Maybe not.  A Charlotte Observer investigation has found many cases in North Carolina where people won so often that it seems something else is at work. For example, a woman in High Point won nine times in four months, collecting $21,000.  Observer reporters Gavin Off and Adam Bell dug into some of these lucky streaks and their costs in a series called "Against All Odds."  The two spoke with WFAE's Marshall Terry about what they found.  

A 50-foot section of a cooling pond dam broke at Duke Energy's plant on the Neuse River in Goldsboro. The company says coal ash ponds are not in danger.
Travis Graves / Lower Neuse Riverkeeper

Forty-eight counties have seen flooding from Hurricane Matthew, and waters are still rising in some areas. State officials are watching dams, checking reports of chemical and fuel spills, and starting to count crop and livestock losses.

Michael Tomsic / WFAE

A private autopsy was released late Wednesday for Keith L. Scott, the 43 year old African-American whose deadly encounter with police last month sparked riots and protests across Charlotte.

Tim Kaine at Davidson
David Boraks / WFAE

You can tell the presidential race is close in North Carolina by the number of political rallies here. On Monday, Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence was in Charlotte. Wednesday it was Tim Kaine's turn. The Democratic VP nominee was at Davidson College, where he emphasized differences between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

In an effort to improve transparency at the CMPD, the department’s website now includes a page where the general public can get more information on police shootings and traffic stops.

Jay Price / WUNC

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says more damage is still to come for many people in the eastern part of North Carolina as the state faces another day of Hurricane Matthew's aftermath.

Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer

A Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officer investigating gunshots in the Woodlawn Road area shot and wounded an armed suspect early Wednesday in a hotel parking lot in 100 block of East Woodlawn Road, police said.

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For an hour last night Republican Governor Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper attacked each other’s policies, priorities, and political records. The two men vying to be governor met for a debate just four weeks before Election Day. WFAE’s Tom Bullock joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry now for a recap.