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July 21, 2014, No comments

A hike in local sales taxes could go before the voters in November under a new plan that emerged last week in the state Senate. Meanwhile, budget talks continue.

Basins in North Carolina pose the potential for oil and gas extraction in the state. Image from the N.C. Department of Natural Resources fracking study, dated April 12, 2012.

Who owns the mineral rights on your property? Ownership questions triggered by NC fracking hopes

July 17, 2014, No comments

As the state tests for natural gas deposits, some Jackson County property owners are fretting about decades-old decisions to sell mineral rights.

The North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press

Raleigh Report: Environmentalists wary as NC legislative session wraps up

July 14, 2014, No comments

A slew of environmental provisions scattered through a handful of bills are, like the budget, likely to be settled this week in the hectic windup of t ...

Davidson River in the Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County. File photo/Carolina Public Press

NC plays catch-up on water standards

July 14, 2014, No comments

A years-overdue rewrite of NC water quality standards stiffens limits on metals, the toxic elements that have been in the public eye since the Dan Riv ...

  • Duke Energy's Asheville plant. Micah Wilkins/Carolina Public Press
    NC Senate approves coal-ash pond cleanups
    June 25, 2014, 1 Comment

    The N.C. Senate gave tentative approval Tuesday to a bill that makes Duke Energy close its 33 coal ash ponds in the state within 15 years, but it blocked a vote on shifting costs away from consumers.

  • The North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press
    Raleigh Report: Stage set for NC budget talks
    June 16, 2014, Comments Off

    The House and Senate budgets provide for many of the same upgrades to Western region projects, but a new WNC addition in the House budget is $2 million in planning funds for a western campus for the North Carolina School of Science and Math ...

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    Raleigh Report: Tax plan, reg changes and maybe a budget
    May 27, 2014, Comments Off

    A preview of what to expect this week at the N.C. General Assembly. A lot of movement on key bills last week and the chance that the North Carolina Senate will roll out its budget plan sometime this week seems evidence aplenty that the NCGA ...

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    Forest Service releases web app featuring 3 WNC trails
    May 21, 2014, Comments Off

    The web app provides details on trails in the Tsali Recreation Area, located in the Nantahala National Forest Cheoah Ranger District; the Jackrabbit Recreation Area in the national forest's Tusquitee Ranger District; and two large sections ...