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December 18, 2014, No comments

2014 has been a big year for big news about Western North Carolina. Looking back, here are highlights of what Carolina Public Press’ investigative reporting unearthed during the past 12 months.

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‘First Day Hikes’ offered at every NC state park on Jan. 1

December 16, 2014, No comments

There will be more than 40 scheduled hikes ranging from short “leg-stretchers” to six-mile treks, many of them offering interpretive programs alon ...

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Asheville Citizen-Times sues for police videos of public events

December 16, 2014, No comments

Are the videos "criminal intelligence" records, which can be shielded from the public under state law? Or are they "training" records of a public gath ...

October 2014 unemployment across Western North Carolina. Map via the N.C. Division of Employment Security

For joblessness, WNC is a region of extremes

December 10, 2014, No comments

According to newly released data tracking October's unemployment rates across the state's 100 counties, Western North Carolina makes the headlines.

  • Cassius Cash
    Cash named new Smokies superintendent
    December 8, 2014, Comments Off

    Cassius Cash, a native of Memphis, Tenn., has been named as the new superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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    New Belgium grows WNC brewery — and political clout
    December 1, 2014, Comments Off

    Earlier this year, New Belgium Brewing took steps to form a political action committee. It is believed to be a first for brewers in the exponentially growing craft beer industry.

  • The large autopsy suite at the new State Medical Examiner's Office in Raleigh. The pathologists in this office are doing fewer autopsies than in previous years because of workload and budget issues. Chris Seward/courtesy of The Charlotte Observer
    NC autopsies decrease, drawing concern from law enforcement
    December 1, 2014, Comments Off

    The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner asked staff last year not to autopsy the bodies of hundreds of people who died in suspicious or unexpected circumstances, lowering the use of the state’s best tool for determining an exact cause of ...