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Davidson River in the Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County. File photo/Carolina Public Press
July 14, 2014, No comments

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, which oversees federal clean water law, cheer the new standards. But they say the proposal is just as notable for what it doesn’t do.

Gov. Pat McCrory

Gov. Pat McCrory questions authority of coal ash panel

July 2, 2014, 1 Comment

Gov. Pat McCrory objected Tuesday to the legislature’s plan to name a new commission to oversee hazard rankings and closures of Duke Energy’s 33 N ...

Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press

NC House approves blocking charter school employees’ names with pay level

June 27, 2014, 1 Comment

The revised bill now goes back to the Senate, which earlier approved a version that requires disclosure of names, salaries and all other personnel inf ...

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 bloc ...

  • 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.

  • Matt Rose/Carolina Public Press
    NC moves closer to repealing Common Core standards
    June 5, 2014, Comments Off

    North Carolina on Wednesday moved closer to becoming the second state to abandon national teaching standards, a move that thrust education to the front of the U.S. Senate race.