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The Linville Gorge Wilderness is seen in this image by Deborah Caffin, used by permission of
N.C. Forest Service projects to restore the Linville River, which flows throw Linville Gorge, seen here, are among the conservation efforts state lawmakers have backed in recent years. Deborah Caffin/, used by permission.
January 8, 2016, 1 Comment

The recession forced years of bipartisan budget cuts, but state conservation spending is bouncing back, with mountain counties getting substantial funds.

Librarian Zoe Rhine says the album is a goldmine of local history. Jon Elliston/CPP

Top 10 stories of 2015

December 30, 2015, No comments

Carolina Public Press looks back at the biggest readership stories of the year

The hellbender salamander population in Western North Carolina is being studied as a special of special concern. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Zoo.

Deep cuts savage state’s natural heritage program

November 30, 2015, No comments

Program gathering data on N.C. species has been slashed by legislators who may not have realized what it did. At least one lawmaker promises to restor ...

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 ...

  • 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 ...