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Asheville Meter Services worker Shane Moore tests the accuracy of a meter at a hotel in Woodfin last Wednesday. According to the city of Asheville, the Capital Improvement Fee generates about $6.5 million every year. The fee is dedicated to maintaining the region's largest water system. Mike Belleme/Carolina Public Press
October 7, 2015, No comments

The battle over who controls Asheville’s water system will move up the legal ladder again as city officials say they’ll ask the North Carolina Supreme Court to take up the case after the state Court of Appeals reversed a lower-court ruling that favored the city.

Coal ash ponds and basins at Duke Energy's Asheville plant. Duke Energy graphic. Click to view full-size image.

Duke Energy agrees to $20 million contamination settlement; Asheville cleanup to be accelerated

September 29, 2015, No comments

Duke Energy will pay $7 million in state fines for groundwater contamination at its 14 coal-fired power plants and spend $10 million to $15 million to ...

House and Senate rules committee chairs Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, and Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, hold a brief meeting Monday at Lewis's desk on the floor of the House. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

Debates grow tense as NC General Assembly winds up work

September 29, 2015, No comments

As the end of the session approaches, North Carolina's lawmakers face debates over deer farming, Planned Parenthood, changes to environmental legislat ...

Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, speaks Thursday night during the debate on new riparian buffer rules at the N.C. General Assembly. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

NC lawmakers face bond package, Medicaid revisions this week

September 21, 2015, No comments

On Monday, the Senate Finance Committee takes up 10 bills, including a $2.8 billion bond package that would go before voters next year. Tuesday, both ...

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    New NC sales tax plan would boost 13 WNC counties
    September 16, 2015, No comments

    A final House and Senate conference report reached the Senate floor on Tuesday morning and was adopted, 33-16 along party lines, roughly eight hours later. A final vote is scheduled for this afternoon (Wednesday). The House, which requires ...