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Coal ash ponds and basins at Duke Energy's Asheville plant. Duke Energy graphic
February 24, 2015, No comments

The indictments do not spell out the exact violations, but an environmental attorney who has sued the company over problems at the Asheville plant said the charges most likely result in part from Duke’s management of leaks at the two coal ash ponds on the Buncombe County site.

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Asheville City Council to vote on ‘covert surveillance equipment’ for police

February 23, 2015, No comments

At its Tuesday, Feb. 24 meeting, the council is slated to consider using state drug-seizure funds for the gear, which is described in a city staff rep ...

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WNC’s lynchings: New study sheds light on a once-pervasive Southern atrocity

February 18, 2015, No comments

Nearly 4,000 black southerners were killed by mob violence in the decades following the Civil War, including 102 in North Carolina, a new report by th ...

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Asheville seeks input on selection of new police chief

February 11, 2015, Comments Off

The city of Asheville will conduct a series of public meetings aimed at inviting input from the community on the characteristics it would like to see ...

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    Asheville Citizen-Times sues for police videos of public events
    December 16, 2014, Comments Off

    Are the videos "criminal intelligence" records, which can be shielded from the public under state law? Or are they "training" records of a public gathering that should be released? A legal challenge by the newspaper could force some answers ...

  • The large autopsy suite at the new State Medical Examiner's Office in Raleigh. The pathologists in this office are doing fewer autopsies than in previous years because of workload and budget issues. Chris Seward/courtesy of The Charlotte Observer
    NC autopsies decrease, drawing concern from law enforcement
    December 1, 2014, Comments Off

    The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner asked staff last year not to autopsy the bodies of hundreds of people who died in suspicious or unexpected circumstances, lowering the use of the state’s best tool for determining an exact cause of ...

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    WNC will have few new sheriffs in town
    November 5, 2014, Comments Off

    Even as some heated disputes played out in yesterday's election, 15 of 18 Western North Carolina counties will keep their top law officer in place.