Lynn Bonner

Lynn Bonner

Investigative Reporter Lynn Bonner covers the state legislature and politics, as well as elections, the state budget, public and mental health, safety net programs and issues of racial equality.

More in NC go hungry in the pandemic, NCCU finds

By: - November 24, 2020

Nearly 80% of North Carolinians are at least considering sharing a meal with someone outside their household on Thanksgiving or winter holiday, and nearly 18% reported having too little food on at least one day in the previous week, according to preliminary results from an online survey conducted Nov. 17-22. N.C. Central University researchers sponsored […]

Thousands of full-time workers in NC must use food stamps

By: - November 19, 2020

Millions of adults in the United States work full-time for wages so low that they qualify for government safety net programs for food and medical care, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday. Of the 1.2 million people using food stamps in North Carolina, 12% were working adults, the report said. Most […]

It’s a big effort with middling results, but health experts say contact tracing in the COVID-19 pandemic needs to continue

By: - November 18, 2020

Recent CDC study in Mecklenburg, Randolph counties, showed difficulties in effective contact tracing North Carolina doesn’t make the details of contact tracing efforts public as some other states do. But the televised pleas by the state’s leading health official for people to answer contact tracers’ calls offer a clue to the obstacles.

This is the toughest part of the pandemic. Next year will be better, says former FDA commissioner

By: - November 17, 2020

The nation is going through “the toughest part” of the coronavirus pandemic, with COVID-19 cases spiking nationwide ahead of the holiday season, said Dr. Mark McClellan, a Duke University professor and former FDA commissioner. But next year will be better, McClellan said, when vaccines become available to the general public. “This is probably the last […]

Experts to civil rights panel: NC must do more to lower maternal death rate

By: - November 16, 2020

Women of color, in particular, would benefit if state expanded access to Medicaid The United States has the worst rate of maternal death of any industrialized nation, and the rate of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. is more than three times higher for Black women than it is for white women.

COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in North Carolina’s rural counties

By: - November 12, 2020

Nearly twice as many of the state’s new COVID-19 cases since September were in rural counties rather than urban or suburban counties, says a new report the state Department of Health and Human Services released Thursday. Most of the rural cases were in the white population and among people 49 years old and younger, the […]

Nonprofit group asks federal judge to order search for ballots in NC Postal Service facilities

By: - November 5, 2020

Lawyers for a nonprofit suing the Postal Service have asked a federal judge in Washington, DC to order postal facilities, including two in North Carolina, to look for absentee ballots that haven’t been delivered to local elections boards. In an exhibit filed Wednesday, lawyers for the group Vote Forward listed thousands of ballots that were […]

Breaking: Wayne Goodwin not running for another term as state Democratic Party chair

By: - November 4, 2020

Wayne Goodwin, state Democratic Party chairman, said he’s not going to run for another term. Most of the party’s previous chairs served a maximum of two 2-year terms, he said. Goodwin is in his second term, which ends in February. “I believe it’s time to pass the torch, and there are some exciting prospects for […]

NC Democrats fall short in legislative races

By: - November 4, 2020

Absent reform, GOP will once again control redistricting of congressional and legislative maps State Democrats failed to win enough legislative districts Tuesday to have greater influence in shaping laws and in drawing new Congressional and House and Senate district boundaries next year.  Instead of picking up seats in the state House, early results show that Democrats lost ground.

Civil rights groups file lawsuit in aftermath of Saturday’s confrontation in Alamance County

By: - November 3, 2020

Protection sought for marchers from further “police violence” Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Monday night against the Alamance County sheriff and the Graham police chief aimed at protecting marchers in Graham today. Law enforcement officers pepper sprayed demonstrators who were participating in a march to the polls Saturday. The ACLU of North Carolina and […]

What we’ll know Election Night about North Carolina voters’ choices 

By: - November 2, 2020

"Razor-thin" margins could decide some legislative races Before the polls open on Election Day, more than 4.5 million North Carolinians will have already voted early in person or by mail. It’s those results that county elections offices are expected to post within an hour after the polls close Tuesday night.