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August 27, 2015, No comments

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Asheville receives high marks from federal inspectors and patients alike, but Western North Carolina is not immune from the types of crimes surrounding veterans’ health care, newly released documents show.

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Newsmakers: Who Owns WNC’s Water

August 26, 2015, No comments

Carolina Public Press will hold its next Newsmakers event, a nonpartisan conversation series on top Western North Carolina interests and issues, about ...

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

Who Owns WNC’s Water? Diving into the murky future of the region’s water systems

August 26, 2015, No comments

With changes to and debates around the ownership of some water systems in Western North Carolina, Carolina Public Press is undertaking an in-depth and ...

Coal ash ponds and basins at Duke Energy's Asheville plant. Duke Energy graphic

State asks to put Duke Energy coal ash cases on hold

August 19, 2015, No comments

The motions drew sharp responses from Duke and environmental advocates who have come to cleanup terms on three of the plants.

  • Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, and Rep. Josh Jordan, R-Ashe, appear together at a House committee hearing in Raleigh on Wednesday, the same day House and Senate leaders announced that they had reached a compromise state spending target. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press
    House, Senate agree on $21.74 billion spending target
    August 19, 2015, No comments

    The figure represents a compromise between earlier spending proposals set by the two chambers and Gov. Pat McCrory. Overall, the figure also increased spending by 3.1 percent, more than the governor and the Senate proposed and almost two pe ...

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    Little budging on the NC budget, House pitches bonds
    August 4, 2015, No comments

    Holding up negotiations over an agreement on this session’s two-year budget are key policy changes on Medicaid and education pushed by the Senate. But the main hiccup for budget conferees, so far, has proven to be on the revenue side of t ...