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January 29, 2015

In a ceremonial signal that the state House is formally organized for the session ahead, several Western North Carolina legislators receive influential committee appointments.

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January 28, 2015

The report includes details on needs in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties, as well as in the city of Asheville.

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January 28, 2015

Speakers assail North Carolina’s Republican leadership but propose paths forward that could involve bipartisanship.

North Carolina Rep. Mitch Gillespie (R) of Marion represents McDowell and Burke counties. Photo courtesy of Gillespie via the N.C. General Assembly.
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January 27, 2015

After a one-day session earlier this month and a two-week hiatus, the General Assembly heads back to work. Meanwhile, a state environmental official assigned to WNC has changed course, and the push for historic preservation tax credits surfaced here.

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January 22, 2015

New Asheville-area living wage standards were released by the local nonprofit Just Economics on Tuesday. The organization said the increase in the standard — which is now $11.85 without insurance — is largely due to the increased costs of housing.

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January 21, 2015

Republican U.S. House and Senate legislators issued a bevy of statements following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday. Lawmakers representing Western North Carolina were no different — though they interspersed their critiques with points showing possible sites of bipartisanship.

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