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Duke Energy's Asheville plant. Micah Wilkins/Carolina Public Press
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August 20, 2014, No comments

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, if not next year.

June 2014 unemployment rates. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce

June unemployment falls in all but 3 WNC counties

August 20, 2014, No comments

New countywide unemployment data show that, by in large, joblessness fell across the 18 westernmost counties of the state between May and June -- argu ...

Where will job losses fall as state leaders tackle balancing the budget and closing the $2.4 billion gap? Photo by Angie Newsome

Bridges to be replaced in Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell counties

August 19, 2014, No comments

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded an $11.4 million contract to replace 11 bridges in Buncombe, Madison and Mitchell counties.

The North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press

Raleigh Report: NC lawmakers poised to do … something

August 18, 2014, No comments

As the NC General Assembly's short session continues, debates over teaching assistant pay, local option sales tax changes and regulating crowdfunding ...

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    In rural WNC, van systems form four-wheeled lifelines
    August 14, 2014, No comments

    Van systems -- the equivalent of urban public bus systems -- operate throughout rural Western North Carolina counties, taking people to work and the grocery store -- but also to needed medical services in larger cities located even states a ...

  • Fracking public hearing in WNC
    NC officials: WNC fracking-related tests starting soon
    August 12, 2014, 1 Comment

    State officials told Carolina Public Press this week that, with the passage of the new state budget, they’ll be able to start work testing rock samples from seven WNC counties as soon as September. Plus: CPP wants to know what this story ...