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July 21, 2014, No comments

A hike in local sales taxes could go before the voters in November under a new plan that emerged last week in the state Senate. Meanwhile, budget talks continue.

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Free online entrepreneurship training available through Haywood Community College

July 17, 2014, No comments

More than 20 courses to help potential and existing business owners are now available online and free of charge.

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What are the transportation needs in your community? NCDOT setting new criteria, wants your input.

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. Departm ...

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 ...

  • The North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press
    Raleigh Report: House budget, Senate coal ash bills moving
    June 9, 2014, Comments Off

    Last week brought a bevy of news from Raleigh, including new developments from the legislature on plans to clean up NC's coal ash ponds and whether to assist Canton's Evergreen Packaging with moving from coal to natural gas. This week, the ...

  • I-40 closure and detour
    UPDATE: Section of I-40 reopened
    June 4, 2014, Comments Off

    All lanes of Interstate 40 close to the Tennessee and North Carolina line will be closed Thursday. Detour information inside.

  • 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 funding priorities, including on the Western Crime Lab, repairs at the WNC Agricultural Center ...

  • 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 ...