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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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New Belgium grows WNC brewery — and political clout

December 1, 2014, Comments Off

Earlier this year, New Belgium Brewing took steps to form a political action committee. It is believed to be a first for brewers in the exponentially ...

Photo illustration of President Richard Nixon and the Rev. Billy Graham by Jon Elliston.

Newly released White House diaries reveal more about Billy Graham’s alliance with Richard Nixon

November 12, 2014, Comments Off

Forty years after Nixon’s resignation, another round of disclosures details Graham’s role as one of the late president’s confidants and strategi ...

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While most of WNC votes Republican, Buncombe Democrats win rare upsets in state legislature

November 5, 2014, Comments Off

In a race where the vast majority of WNC's state legislators kept their seats, Buncombe sent two incumbents home.

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    WNC will have few new sheriffs in town
    November 5, 2014, Comments Off

    Even as some heated disputes played out in yesterday's election, 15 of 18 Western North Carolina counties will keep their top law officer in place.

  • Early voting, 2012. Colby Rabon/Carolina Public Press
    Quick Tip: Where do I vote?
    November 3, 2014, Comments Off

    Do you know where your precinct is? This year, North Carolina voters must go to their assigned polling location on Tuesday to cast their vote. Here's a quick-and-easy way for you to find out where your precinct is located.

  • National Forest Revision Plan Meeting. Matt Rose/Carolina Public Press
    WNC’s National Forests: Is the public in? Or are we out?
    October 31, 2014, Comments Off

    Part Two in the Forest Lookouts series. Nearly every county in Western North Carolina is home to a portion of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. Spanning more than 1 million acres, the forests have innumerable economic, environmenta ...

  • Several hundred people filled the floor of Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University, nearly all of them opposing rules that would make fracking possible in North Carolina. Paul Clark/Carolina Public Press
    NC energy commission postpones fracking meetings
    October 30, 2014, Comments Off

    A total of 217,285 comments on the draft rules for oil and natural gas exploration have been counted by staff from the N.C. Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources, who serve the commission.