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February 3, 2015, Comments Off

There was a time when local leaders, and even congressional legislators, didn’t believe Western North Carolina’s population would ever need — or accept — the help of a public housing agency.

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Labor advocates convene in Asheville on cusp of new state legislative session

January 28, 2015, Comments Off

Speakers assail North Carolina's Republican leadership but propose paths forward that could involve bipartisanship.

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Living wage standard increased, organization points to rising housing costs

January 22, 2015, Comments Off

New Asheville-area living wage standards were released by the local nonprofit Just Economics on Tuesday. The organization said the increase in the sta ...

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After Tuesday’s SOTU, WNC Republicans issue critiques

January 21, 2015, Comments Off

Republican U.S. House and Senate legislators issued a bevy of statements following President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday. Law ...

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    Raleigh Report: WNC senators gain key NCGA leadership jobs
    January 20, 2015, Comments Off

    And, in case you missed it, the biggest story out of last week’s opening day of the 2015 N.C. General Assembly session was a set of definitive statements from new House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger on taxes, ...

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    Economic tier designations change for 3 WNC counties
    January 13, 2015, Comments Off

    Every year since 2007, the N.C. Department of Commerce reviews the overall economic conditions for all of North Carolina's 100 counties. The department recently completed and released its new designations, which impact state funding resourc ...

  • Unemployment rates for November 2014, the most-recent data available. Map courtesy of the N.C. Division of Employment Security
    7 WNC counties post uptick in joblessness
    January 9, 2015, Comments Off

    In four others, unemployment in November stayed the same, according to the latest data from the N.C. Division of Employment Security.