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An Asheville police officer asks protestor John Penley and others to quiet down their demonstrations outside the Asheville City Building after some started banging five-gallon buckets with spoons, playing instruments and chanting against the BID. Penley disputed the request, stating the square in front of city hall is a designated 24-hour free speech zone. “That’s what the First Amendment is about is disturbing people,” Penley said. Katie Bailey/Carolina Public Press
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April 8, 2015, No comments

Buncombe County law enforcement report that complaints have remained steady or declined in recent years. But in the city of Asheville, it’s unclear whether the city even tracks residents’ complaints or how many have been investigated.

An empty hallway at the NC State Legislative Building. File photo, Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press

Raleigh Report: Sales tax debate continues as NC lawmakers go on spring break

April 7, 2015, No comments

Lawmakers aren't in Raleigh this week, but headlines are still grabbed by state sales tax proposals and local bills filed by WNC legislators proposing ...

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State: Emissions tests not needed in Haywood, Henderson, Rutherford

April 6, 2015, No comments

Emissions tests for cars and trucks are no longer necessary to protect air quality in more than half the counties where state testing is currently req ...

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Protests mount over shooting range plans near Lake James

April 6, 2015, 1 Comment

Protests are rising over a state plan to open a shooting range near Lake James, at the foot of the rugged and renowned Linville Gorge Wilderness.