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The North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press
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July 28, 2014, No comments

State budget negotiators worked through the weekend following Saturday’s announcement of a breakthrough that could bring the 2014 short legislative session to an end. The framework contains news details on teacher raises and cuts to Medicaid spending.

Chuck McGrady, Ruth Samuelson. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

Raleigh Report: Behind-the-scenes budget, coal ash talks underway

July 7, 2014, Comments Off

This week, budget conferees take up teacher pay and the fate of more than 7,000 teaching assistants who would lose their jobs to cover the cost of a l ...

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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: Waiting for a NC budget deal
    June 30, 2014, Comments Off

    Guessing when an state budget agreement between state House and Senate legislators could happen got more difficult last week as both sides seemed to harden their positions. Meanwhile, a comprehensive coal ash bill moves forward.

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    WNC’s public housing faces tightening budgets, rising demand
    June 25, 2014, Comments Off

    Housing authorities and nonprofits managing public housing across Western North Carolina report facing increasing financial pressures due to federal, state and local budget cuts. Combined with an economy leaving more residents demanding the ...

  • Nathan Ramsey, Pat McCrory, Chuck McGrady
    Raleigh Report: On NC’s budget debate, contamination and Medicaid
    June 23, 2014, Comments Off

    After a week shaking down the differences in the Senate and House versions of the 2014 budget, both chambers appointed conferees to get to a final agreement and close out the short session. The final target -- about $21.1 billion -- is the ...

  • 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.

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    Medicaid management nonprofit faces closure
    June 11, 2014, Comments Off

    Community Care of North Carolina, a nonprofit with 14 networks across the state — including Western North Carolina — would lose its contract with the state under the Senate’s plan. One organization in the network, Community Care of We ...

  • 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 ...