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  • Davidson River in the Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County. File photo/Carolina Public Press
    NC plays catch-up on water standards
    July 14, 2014, Comments Off

    A years-overdue rewrite of NC water quality standards stiffens limits on metals, the toxic elements that have been in the public eye since the Dan River coal ash spill in February. Environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency, ...

  • Stock image: canned food, preserved food
    Competitors to make history at WCU’s 40th Mountain Heritage Day
    July 10, 2014, Comments Off

    This is the festival's 40th anniversary and will include a number of contests, from whisker-growing to old-fashioned costumes and home-canned goods contests, a chainsaw competition, antique auto show and the Mountain Heritage Day 5K.

  • UNC Asheville, pictured on Jan. 8. Colby Rabon/Carolina Public Press
    UNCA, WCU improvements authorized by McCrory
    July 8, 2014, Comments Off

    Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill Monday that authorizes approximately $376 million of improvements that will directly benefit students at six University of North Carolina institutions.

  • Chuck McGrady, Ruth Samuelson. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press
    Raleigh Report: Behind-the-scenes budget, coal ash talks underway
    July 7, 2014, Comments Off

    This week, budget conferees take up teacher pay and the fate of more than 7,000 teaching assistants who would lose their jobs to cover the cost of a larger pay raise in the Senate plan. The House plans to meet in skeleton sessions all week, ...

  • May 2014 unemployment rates in Western North Carolina. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    WNC unemployment inches up in May
    July 3, 2014, Comments Off

    A snapshot of May's unemployment shows joblessness increased across much -- but not all -- of Western North Carolina when compared to the previous month. Still, the region shows unemployment highs and lows, with its largest metro area posti ...