The U.S. Senate candidate and former chief justice of the state Supreme Court touts her independence as a jurist, an assessment many court watchers share. But Republicans are already taking aim at her record in TV ads. // Photos by Cornell Watson
How the race for North Carolina’s most progressive district became the most expensive Democratic congressional primary in state history.
A lithium mining startup promised to make Gaston County a clean-energy boomtown. But perceived slights and concerns over water have turned neighbors against the project. // Photos by Brian Blanco
The New Hanover Endowment, created from the sale of a Wilmington hospital, has the power to radically change the lives of county residents. All eyes are on CEO William Buster to get it right. // Photos by Andrew Craft
The former Charlotte mayor was the youngest person ever elected to the city council but went to prison for taking bribes. Queen City voters are wrestling with whether to give him another chance. // Photos by Cornell Watson