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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. Department of Transportation to consider public input when ranking community transportation needs.

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 ...

Gwen Albers/Carolina Public Press

For some, Cherokee convention shows Republican Party ‘exists west of Charlotte’

June 9, 2014, Comments Off

For the first time in the annual convention’s history, the event was held in the "far west" of Western North Carolina. Previously, the farthest west ...

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is expected to run for president in 2016, put his support behind state House Speaker Thom Tillis on Saturday during the state GOP convention held in Cherokee. Gwen Albers/Carolina Public Press

In race for NC Senate, Tillis gains nods from state GOP, Jindal, Huckabee

June 9, 2014, Comments Off

NC House Speaker Thom Tillis gained a public show of support from a set of leading national Republicans on Saturday during the the NC GOP convention, ...

  • 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 ...

  • A quick look at unemployment rates in April across the North Carolina mountains. Map section courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    18 WNC counties post decreases in unemployment
    May 30, 2014, Comments Off

    Still, with the statewide unemployment rate for the month at 6 percent, most of the region had higher-than-average unemployment, according to new data released by state employment officials this week.

  • Alicia Funderburk/Carolina Public Press
    Racial disparities persist in WNC infant deaths
    May 29, 2014, Comments Off

    In NC, African-American babies are dying before their first birthday at about two-and-a-half times the rate of white babies. The numbers are only slightly better in Buncombe County, with African-American infants twice as likely to die befor ...