Allen Nicholas takes oversight for the state's four national forests even as the Forestry Service is working through a sometimes contentious revision process for WNC's forests.
The recession forced years of bipartisan budget cuts, but state conservation spending is bouncing back, with mountain counties getting substantial funds.
The State Board of Elections has approved the list of presidential candidates to show up on the Republican, Democratic and Libertarian primary ballots in March.
Critics say state regulators won't make Duke Energy clean up any coal-ash sites the company doesn't want to, representing a "total failure of the bureacracy"
Outside auditor will determine the scope of the problems for county's evidence and property room.
Buncombe poses worst problem due to misinformation, but Transylvania and Polk also have substantial levels of children not being immunized.