State/national politics

Red tape ensnares Afghans desperate to escape the Taliban

As the Taliban completed their conquest of Afghanistan in August of 2021, an Afghan refugee spoke to me about her efforts to get her husband out on an I-730 visa, a process that should take no more than 28 months but had taken her more than three years.


New mask guidance forces businesses to adjust once again

When Gov. Roy Cooper announced new mask guidance for businesses amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in July of 2021, I checked in with a Durham business that had to hastily change its mask policies.


Cooper sworn in for a second term

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper was sworn in for a second four-year term on Jan. 9, 2021. This live report recaps the inaugural events, truncated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and looks ahead to some of the challenges Cooper would face in his second term.