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Asheville Meter Services worker Shane Moore tests the accuracy of a meter at a hotel in Woodfin last Wednesday. According to the city of Asheville, the Capital Improvement Fee generates about $6.5 million every year. The fee is dedicated to maintaining the region's largest water system. Mike Belleme/Carolina Public Press
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August 26, 2015, No comments

With changes to and debates around the ownership of some water systems in Western North Carolina, Carolina Public Press is undertaking an in-depth and investigative project looking at who owns the water in the 18 westernmost counties of the state.

Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, and Rep. Josh Jordan, R-Ashe, appear together at a House committee hearing in Raleigh on Wednesday, the same day House and Senate leaders announced that they had reached a compromise state spending target. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

House, Senate agree on $21.74 billion spending target

August 19, 2015, No comments

The figure represents a compromise between earlier spending proposals set by the two chambers and Gov. Pat McCrory. Overall, the figure also increased ...

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Graham County commissioners release new batch of closed session records

August 18, 2015, No comments

The newly unsealed minutes summarize the board's discussions of 22 closed session agenda items during a ninth-month period beginning last October.

Aldona Wos (left) speaks during the announcement that she will step down as secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human services, as Rick Brajer (middle) and Gov. Pat McCrory (right) look on. Brajer will replace Wos as secretary of the department. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

Wos resigns, new DHHS director named

August 6, 2015, No comments

Rick Brajer, a biotech executive, will the next person to head the department after Wos announced her resignation on Wednesday in Raleigh.

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    Little budging on the NC budget, House pitches bonds
    August 4, 2015, No comments

    Holding up negotiations over an agreement on this session’s two-year budget are key policy changes on Medicaid and education pushed by the Senate. But the main hiccup for budget conferees, so far, has proven to be on the revenue side of t ...