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July 7, 2014, Comments Off

A series of public meetings and open comment periods are underway across Western North Carolina, sparked by new legislation requiring the N.C. Department of Transportation to consider public input when ranking community transportation needs.

May 2014 unemployment rates in Western North Carolina. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce

WNC unemployment inches up in May

July 3, 2014, Comments Off

A snapshot of May's unemployment shows joblessness increased across much -- but not all -- of Western North Carolina when compared to the previous mon ...

Yancey County Courthouse, taken August 2012. Hank Shell/Carolina Public Press

DA, judicial appointments announced in Cherokee, Mitchell, Yancey counties

June 11, 2014, Comments Off

Gov. Pat McCrory announced on Tuesday district attorney and judicial appointments for positions in Cherokee, Mitchell and Yancey counties.

Sen. Ralph Hise, co-chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services, explains part of the budget in a meeting last week. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

Raleigh Report: What the NC Senate budget proposal means for WNC

June 2, 2014, Comments Off

The state Senate proposal enumerates changes on everything from teacher pay to coal ash monitoring, and -- in WNC -- shows details on lawmaker's fundi ...

  • A quick look at unemployment rates in April across the North Carolina mountains. Map section courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    18 WNC counties post decreases in unemployment
    May 30, 2014, Comments Off

    Still, with the statewide unemployment rate for the month at 6 percent, most of the region had higher-than-average unemployment, according to new data released by state employment officials this week.

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    Racial disparities persist in WNC infant deaths
    May 29, 2014, Comments Off

    In NC, African-American babies are dying before their first birthday at about two-and-a-half times the rate of white babies. The numbers are only slightly better in Buncombe County, with African-American infants twice as likely to die befor ...

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    Raleigh Report: Tax plan, reg changes and maybe a budget
    May 27, 2014, Comments Off

    A preview of what to expect this week at the N.C. General Assembly. A lot of movement on key bills last week and the chance that the North Carolina Senate will roll out its budget plan sometime this week seems evidence aplenty that the NCGA ...

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    Forest Service releases web app featuring 3 WNC trails
    May 21, 2014, Comments Off

    The web app provides details on trails in the Tsali Recreation Area, located in the Nantahala National Forest Cheoah Ranger District; the Jackrabbit Recreation Area in the national forest's Tusquitee Ranger District; and two large sections ...