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Carbon monoxide found at the Best Western Hotel in Boone where a York County boy and a Washington couple died. File photo courtesy of Elisabeth Arriero/The Charlotte Observer
August 25, 2014, Comments Off

When the Best Western Blue Ridge Plaza was built 14 years ago in Boone, billed as an eco-friendly hotel with breathtaking views, construction workers likely skipped some safety requirements. The hotel was the site of three deaths related to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Duke Energy's Asheville plant. Micah Wilkins/Carolina Public Press

NC legislators reach compromise on coal ash bill

August 20, 2014, Comments Off

Both chambers put Charlotte-based Duke Energy on track to drain its 33 North Carolina ash ponds within 15 years. But last-minute changes between them ...

Duke Energy's Asheville plant. Micah Wilkins/Carolina Public Press

NC enviro officials: Duke must submit Asheville coal ash plan by Nov. 15

August 14, 2014, Comments Off

North Carolina’s environmental agency asked Duke Energy on Wednesday to submit plans for removing coal ash from four high-priority power plants, inc ...

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Harris Teeter denies PETA allegations about abuse at Haywood County dairy

August 13, 2014, Comments Off

Harris Teeter denied Tuesday that it uses milk from a small farm in Haywood County that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals accused of animal ...

  • Davidson River in the Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County. File photo/Carolina Public Press
    NC plays catch-up on water standards
    July 14, 2014, Comments Off

    A years-overdue rewrite of NC water quality standards stiffens limits on metals, the toxic elements that have been in the public eye since the Dan River coal ash spill in February. Environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency, ...

  • Duke Energy's Asheville plant. Micah Wilkins/Carolina Public Press
    NC Senate approves coal-ash pond cleanups
    June 25, 2014, 1 Comment

    The N.C. Senate gave tentative approval Tuesday to a bill that makes Duke Energy close its 33 coal ash ponds in the state within 15 years, but it blocked a vote on shifting costs away from consumers.

  • Budget co-chair Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, answers questions on the Senate budget proposal in May. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press
    Leading NC GOP senators considering making budget talks public
    June 23, 2014, Comments Off

    Over the years budget negotiations opened up, though not consistently – and sometimes, not much. As often as not, key decisions were still made behind closed doors. Now leading Republican senators say they might let the public in.