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September 4, 2014, Comments Off

At a forum held Tuesday, state officials fielded questions about fracking-related health and environmental concerns and presented information on how proposed rules overseeing natural gas exploration in the state were developed.

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State enviro official: WNC fracking study won’t happen this year

September 4, 2014, Comments Off

The state has retreated from its plan to collect rock samples this year in Jackson and the other far-western counties to test for indications of shale ...

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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, ...

June 2014 unemployment rates. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce

June unemployment falls in all but 3 WNC counties

August 20, 2014, Comments Off

New countywide unemployment data show that, by in large, joblessness fell across the 18 westernmost counties of the state between May and June -- argu ...

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    WNC Transportation: Macon County
    August 14, 2014, Comments Off

    Your guide from Carolina Public Press to information on road and highway repairs, transportation planning organizations, greenways and public transportation in Macon County (including Franklin).

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    NC officials: WNC fracking-related tests starting soon
    August 12, 2014, 2 Comments

    State officials told Carolina Public Press this week that, with the passage of the new state budget, they’ll be able to start work testing rock samples from seven WNC counties as soon as September. Plus: CPP wants to know what this story ...

  • 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 month. Still, the region shows unemployment highs and lows, with its largest metro area posti ...

  • 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.