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  • The North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press
    Raleigh Report: Waiting for a NC budget deal
    June 30, 2014, Comments Off

    Guessing when an state budget agreement between state House and Senate legislators could happen got more difficult last week as both sides seemed to harden their positions. Meanwhile, a comprehensive coal ash bill moves forward.

  • Jordan Soucek featured
    Last year, it was Asheville. This year, it’s Boone.
    June 27, 2014, Comments Off

    For the second year in a row, state legislators have removed the planning and zoning authority of a mountain town over its adjacent properties. The move highlights legislators' concern with property rights, but critics say eliminating thes ...

  • U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) represents the 10th District.
    McHenry rising ranks of national GOP leadership
    June 27, 2014, Comments Off

    U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry will assume an elevated role in the circle of Republican leadership, as it was announced Thursday he has been selected to serve as chief deputy whip of the House GOP Conference.

  • 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.

  • Nathan Ramsey, Pat McCrory, Chuck McGrady
    Raleigh Report: On NC’s budget debate, contamination and Medicaid
    June 23, 2014, Comments Off

    After a week shaking down the differences in the Senate and House versions of the 2014 budget, both chambers appointed conferees to get to a final agreement and close out the short session. The final target -- about $21.1 billion -- is the ...

  • Budget co-chair Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, answers questions on the Senate budget proposal in May. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press
    Leading NC GOP senators considering making budget talks public
    June 23, 2014, Comments Off

    Over the years budget negotiations opened up, though not consistently – and sometimes, not much. As often as not, key decisions were still made behind closed doors. Now leading Republican senators say they might let the public in.

  • 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 ...