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September 17, 2014, 1 Comment

The little-known state office is tasked with maintaining good government in North Carolina. A CPP investigation of the commission’s first seven years shows a bipartisan effort that’s constrained by a lack of resources, strict confidentiality rules and limited enforcement powers, and stretched by ever-expanding mandates.

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Redevelopment of Asheville public housing might be model for larger overhaul

August 28, 2014, 1 Comment

Leaders of the largest public housing authority in Western North Carolina are moving forward with an ambitious upgrade of Lee Walker Heights, the city ...

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Cherokee County evidence investigations revealed as sheriff campaign escalates

August 27, 2014, Comments Off

Papers filed by Sheriff Keith Lovin and the SBI follow the troubled trail of cash and guns seized by two now-defunct WNC drug task forces. Meanwhile, ...

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North Carolina’s right to know shifts as legislature changes disclosure laws

August 13, 2014, Comments Off

How much are North Carolina’s citizens permitted to know about the government and corporate operations that could affect their daily lives? A slew o ...

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    Last year, it was Asheville. This year, it’s Boone.
    June 27, 2014, Comments Off

    For the second year in a row, state legislators have removed the planning and zoning authority of a mountain town over its adjacent properties. The move highlights legislators' concern with property rights, but critics say eliminating thes ...