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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
October 7, 2015, No comments

The battle over who controls Asheville’s water system will move up the legal ladder again as city officials say they’ll ask the North Carolina Supreme Court to take up the case after the state Court of Appeals reversed a lower-court ruling that favored the city.

House and Senate rules committee chairs Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, and Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, hold a brief meeting Monday at Lewis's desk on the floor of the House. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

Debates grow tense as NC General Assembly winds up work

September 29, 2015, No comments

As the end of the session approaches, North Carolina's lawmakers face debates over deer farming, Planned Parenthood, changes to environmental legislat ...

Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, speaks Thursday night during the debate on new riparian buffer rules at the N.C. General Assembly. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

NC lawmakers face bond package, Medicaid revisions this week

September 21, 2015, No comments

On Monday, the Senate Finance Committee takes up 10 bills, including a $2.8 billion bond package that would go before voters next year. Tuesday, both ...

Polk water system square

UPDATED: SC water district hires firm to evaluate Polk County deal

September 17, 2015, 1 Comment

The Inman-Campobello Water District, which could manage Polk’s water system for 75 years under a controversial proposal, is turning to outside help ...

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    New NC sales tax plan would boost 13 WNC counties
    September 16, 2015, No comments

    A final House and Senate conference report reached the Senate floor on Tuesday morning and was adopted, 33-16 along party lines, roughly eight hours later. A final vote is scheduled for this afternoon (Wednesday). The House, which requires ...

  • 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 spending by 3.1 percent, more than the governor and the Senate proposed and almost two pe ...