Department of Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan still has some clients from his law firm, despite a full plate running a state agency.
Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers was elected as an outsider. But she faces a competitive field if she runs for Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan's seat in 2014.
Public school advocates form to stop legislative proposals they contend would undermine public education.
A federal lawsuit says 21 correctional officers at Central Prison beat handcuffed and shackled prisoners, The Associated Press reports.