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The United States House on Tuesday approved a Senate proposal to end the 16-day partial government shutdown in a 285-144 vote. Here's a look at how North Carolina's senators and representatives voted on the measure.
Community colleges in Western North Carolina are getting used to the new funding reality — increase enrollment or expect fewer dollars from Raleigh.
A Western Carolina University economist estimates that the first 10 days of the partial shutdown of the federal government cost more than $33 million in lost visitor spending in the 18 North Carolina and Tennessee counties located within 60 ...
Carolina Public Press analyzed 12 months of environmental fines across Western North Carolina, showing which private and public wastewater systems have the biggest problems. Meanwhile some critics say such oversight and technical expertise ...
In 2012, five of the state's 18 westernmost counties saw a greater increases in tourism spending than the statewide average.
“The region does have some power," WCU political science professor Chris Cooper noted as this session of the General Assembly wound down. "At the same time, there continues to be a sense that Raleigh is a long way away.”
Data released by the N.C. Department of Commerce Tuesday showed that more than half of the state's 18 westernmost counties saw unemployment rise in June, with eight of those counties' jobless rates resting in the double-digits.