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Duke Energy's Asheville plant. Micah Wilkins/Carolina Public Press
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August 20, 2014, No comments

Both chambers put Charlotte-based Duke Energy on track to drain its 33 North Carolina ash ponds within 15 years. But last-minute changes between them derailed the bill on Aug. 1 and appeared unlikely to be resolved until at least November, if not next year.

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, 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 -- argu ...

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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.

  • U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) represents the 10th District.
    McHenry rising ranks of national GOP leadership
    June 27, 2014, Comments Off

    U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry will assume an elevated role in the circle of Republican leadership, as it was announced Thursday he has been selected to serve as chief deputy whip of the House GOP Conference.

  • Duke Energy's Asheville plant. Micah Wilkins/Carolina Public Press
    NC Senate approves coal-ash pond cleanups
    June 25, 2014, 1 Comment

    The N.C. Senate gave tentative approval Tuesday to a bill that makes Duke Energy close its 33 coal ash ponds in the state within 15 years, but it blocked a vote on shifting costs away from consumers.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...