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September 2014 unemployment rates. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
November 10, 2014, Comments Off

Monthly data released by the N.C. Department of Commerce shows that September may have been a good month for job seekers across most – but not all – of the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina.


While most of WNC votes Republican, Buncombe Democrats win rare upsets in state legislature

November 5, 2014, Comments Off

In a race where the vast majority of WNC's state legislators kept their seats, Buncombe sent two incumbents home.


WNC will have few new sheriffs in town

November 5, 2014, Comments Off

Even as some heated disputes played out in yesterday's election, 15 of 18 Western North Carolina counties will keep their top law officer in place.

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Legislative races to watch as the votes roll in

November 3, 2014, Comments Off

Four incumbent state legislators from Western North Carolina are facing a tough battle to hold their seats.

  • Early voting, 2012. Colby Rabon/Carolina Public Press
    Quick Tip: Where do I vote?
    November 3, 2014, Comments Off

    Do you know where your precinct is? This year, North Carolina voters must go to their assigned polling location on Tuesday to cast their vote. Here's a quick-and-easy way for you to find out where your precinct is located.

  • Colby Rabon/Carolina Public Press
    Quick Tip: Who can you vote for?
    October 28, 2014, Comments Off

    Confused about who will be on your ballot? Here's a quick-and-easy way to look at your sample ballot before you cast your vote.

  • Sliding Rock, in Pisgah National Forest, is one of the region's most popular destinations. Photo via Wikipedia/Lincolnh
    Forest Lookouts: Deciding the future of WNC’s national forests
    October 22, 2014, Comments Off

    This story launches an in-depth reporting project from Carolina Public Press about the future of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests which are undergoing an extensive re-planning process that will ultimately oversee more than 1 millio ...