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February 27, 2015, No comments

Carolina Public Press’s next Newsmakers forum will feature journalists and open government advocates discussing best practices — and challenges — to local governments. The forum will also follow an in-depth and investigative reporting project, to be published in March, analyzing how often and why county commissions in Western North Carolina go into closed session.

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Asheville City Council to vote on ‘covert surveillance equipment’ for police

February 23, 2015, No comments

At its Tuesday, Feb. 24 meeting, the council is slated to consider using state drug-seizure funds for the gear, which is described in a city staff rep ...

House committee chairs get ready for their official portrait after the gavels were handed out last week. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

As NCGA session starts, lawmakers take on budget, gerrymandering

February 3, 2015, Comments Off

It’s a week of firsts at the N.C. General Assembly, starting with today’s first meeting of an appropriations committee, but it won’t include the ...

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After Tuesday’s SOTU, WNC Republicans issue critiques

January 21, 2015, Comments Off

Republican U.S. House and Senate legislators issued a bevy of statements following President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday. Law ...

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    Asheville Citizen-Times sues for police videos of public events
    December 16, 2014, Comments Off

    Are the videos "criminal intelligence" records, which can be shielded from the public under state law? Or are they "training" records of a public gathering that should be released? A legal challenge by the newspaper could force some answers ...

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    New Belgium grows WNC brewery — and political clout
    December 1, 2014, Comments Off

    Earlier this year, New Belgium Brewing took steps to form a political action committee. It is believed to be a first for brewers in the exponentially growing craft beer industry.