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June 2014 unemployment rates. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
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August 20, 2014, No comments

New countywide unemployment data show that, by in large, joblessness fell across the 18 westernmost counties of the state between May and June — arguably the start of tourist season across the mountains. Rates also show that the Asheville MSA posted the lowest unemployment rates among North Carolina’s 14 metro areas.

Where will job losses fall as state leaders tackle balancing the budget and closing the $2.4 billion gap? Photo by Angie Newsome

Bridges to be replaced in Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell counties

August 19, 2014, No comments

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded an $11.4 million contract to replace 11 bridges in Buncombe, Madison and Mitchell counties.

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Fresh off hike near the AT, Interior Secretary Jewell calls for conservation funding

August 7, 2014, Comments Off

Flanked by U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Jewell called for reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund while visiting Western North Carolina o ...

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

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    Mitchell News Exchange coming June 25
    June 12, 2014, Comments Off

    Please join us in Spruce Pine on June 25 to discuss in-depth and investigative news across Western North Carolina -- especially the people, places and issues going overlooked and under-reported in Mitchell County.

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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 ...

  • 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.