The North Carolina Utilities Commission announced the 7.2 percent rate increase approval on Friday. The Charlotte-based utility said a typical bill for a residential customer will increase by about $7 per month.
Democratic state Rep. Bill Faison announced his bid for North Carolina governor on Saturday, saying he's the best candidate to restore education and health care jobs through his work in the Legislature and when he reaches the Executive Mansion next January.
John Tedesco said Thursday he wants to improve the quality of education throughout the state, and blamed current Superintendent June Atkinson and Gov. Beverly Perdue for teacher layoffs and other problems.
President Obama is praising North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue after her announcement that she won't seek re-election in 2012, calling her a barrier breaker during more than 25 years in elected office.
Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, heiress to a Gilded Age fortune created by tobacco and member of the family that endowed Duke University, died Wednesday at Duke Hospital according to her daughter. She was 91.