Pat McCrory

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The North Carolina General Assembly is now back from its January break. And during this session, one Mecklenburg County Republican senator says he will introduce a bill to protect former elected officials from angry protesters. But opponents say it would infringe on First Amendment rights.

Jess Clark / WUNC

By GARY D. ROBERTSON and MEG KINNARD

North Carolina Republicans stripped the incoming Democratic governor of some of his authority on Friday and were on the cusp of an even greater power grab, an extraordinary move critics said flies in the face of voters.

North Carolina's outgoing governor Pat McCrory arrived in New York Wednesday morning for a meeting with President-Elect Donald Trump, fueling speculation that McCrory may be under consideration for a cabinet position in the Trump administration.

A report from McClatchy newspapers said McCrory was seen walking through the lobby of Trump Tower around 10 a.m. He did not speak to reporters on his way to the elevators.

Governor Pat McCrory concedes to challenger Roy Cooper in a video released by the governor's office.
N.C. Governor's Office

Nearly a month after Election Day, Republican Governor Pat McCrory has conceded the race to Democrat Roy Cooper. 

Usually concession speeches happen in ballrooms surrounded by a crowd. McCrory's took place on a couch in front of a Christmas tree with a camera rolling. 

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It's looking more likely that Democrat Roy Cooper will become North Carolina's governor. By state law, Republican Governor Pat McCrory has the right to demand a statewide recount, if the margin is less than 10,000 votes. He got ahead of the game and made that demand last week before counties had finalized all votes. But as the tally stands now, McCrory doesn't have that right. The margin has expanded to 10,256 with results from nearly all counties official.

Firefighters say the Party Rock Wildfire near Chimney Rock and Lake Lure has been fully contained, thanks in part to 0.4 inches of rain that fell Monday night through Tuesday. Firefighting crews have begun packing up and dismantling their fire camps Tuesday morning as they head for home. 

North Carolina's governor's race is still up in the air, but the lead is widening for Democrat Roy Cooper.

Local boards of election have now certified results of the Nov. 8 election in 86 of North Carolina's 100 counties.  As of 4 p.m. Monday, Cooper led incumbent Pat McCrory by 9,558 votes, according to the state Board of Elections website.  [UPDATE: As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, with 91 counties in, Cooper's lead was 9,764.]

Gov. Pat McCrory
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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has filed for a recount in the close race against Democratic opponent, Roy Cooper, for North Carolina governor.

Cliff Barrows, the longtime music director and friend of the Rev. Billy Graham, was eulogized at Calvary Church in south Charlotte on Tuesday morning. He died last week at age 93.

David Boraks / WFAE

Friday was not a good day for Governor Pat McCrory in his effort to remain in office. Attorney General Roy Cooper extended his lead to about 6,300 votes as counties reported more provisional and absentee ballot results.

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