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December 18, 2014, No comments

2014 has been a big year for big news about Western North Carolina. Looking back, here are highlights of what Carolina Public Press’ investigative reporting unearthed during the past 12 months.

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‘First Day Hikes’ offered at every NC state park on Jan. 1

December 16, 2014, No comments

There will be more than 40 scheduled hikes ranging from short “leg-stretchers” to six-mile treks, many of them offering interpretive programs alon ...

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Asheville Citizen-Times sues for police videos of public events

December 16, 2014, No comments

Are the videos "criminal intelligence" records, which can be shielded from the public under state law? Or are they "training" records of a public gath ...

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Mountains-to-Sea trail master plan underway

December 10, 2014, No comments

The 1,000-mile trail corridor will ultimately link Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the coast.

  • The large autopsy suite at the new State Medical Examiner's Office in Raleigh. The pathologists in this office are doing fewer autopsies than in previous years because of workload and budget issues. Chris Seward/courtesy of The Charlotte Observer
    NC autopsies decrease, drawing concern from law enforcement
    December 1, 2014, Comments Off

    The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner asked staff last year not to autopsy the bodies of hundreds of people who died in suspicious or unexpected circumstances, lowering the use of the state’s best tool for determining an exact cause of ...

  • Coal ash reuse meeting agenda
    NC environmental committee to meet on rules for reusing coal ash
    November 19, 2014, Comments Off

    A state environmental committee will meet in Charlotte on Monday to continue discussing whether state rules on the beneficial reuse of coal ash are sufficient to protect public health and the environment, other options for reusing coal ash ...