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  • Fracking hearing - screenshot from DENR
    Location of WNC fracking hearing changed
    August 29, 2014, Comments Off

    A Sept. 12 public hearing devoted to North Carolina’s oil and gas rules is being moved to another spot on the Western Carolina University campus – the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center, 92 Catamount Road.

  • Carbon monoxide found at the Best Western Hotel in Boone where a York County boy and a Washington couple died. File photo courtesy of Elisabeth Arriero/The Charlotte Observer
    Dangers hidden for years at Boone’s Best Western
    August 25, 2014, Comments Off

    When the Best Western Blue Ridge Plaza was built 14 years ago in Boone, billed as an eco-friendly hotel with breathtaking views, construction workers likely skipped some safety requirements. The hotel was the site of three deaths related to ...

  • Duke Energy's Asheville plant. Micah Wilkins/Carolina Public Press
    NC legislators reach compromise on coal ash bill
    August 20, 2014, Comments Off

    Both chambers put Charlotte-based Duke Energy on track to drain its 33 North Carolina ash ponds within 15 years. But last-minute changes between them derailed the bill on Aug. 1 and appeared unlikely to be resolved until at least November, ...