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The North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press
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July 8, 2014, Comments Off

Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill on Monday allowing for $376 million worth of improvements at six University of North Carolina system campuses, including UNC Asheville and Western Carolina University. Here is how North Carolina House and Senate legislators voted on the measure.

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 ...

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What are the transportation needs in your community? NCDOT setting new criteria, wants your input.

July 7, 2014, Comments Off

A series of public meetings and open comment periods are underway across Western North Carolina, sparked by new legislation requiring the N.C. Departm ...

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 mon ...

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    Last year, it was Asheville. This year, it’s Boone.
    June 27, 2014, Comments Off

    For the second year in a row, state legislators have removed the planning and zoning authority of a mountain town over its adjacent properties. The move highlights legislators' concern with property rights, but critics say eliminating thes ...

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    WNC’s public housing faces tightening budgets, rising demand
    June 25, 2014, Comments Off

    Housing authorities and nonprofits managing public housing across Western North Carolina report facing increasing financial pressures due to federal, state and local budget cuts. Combined with an economy leaving more residents demanding the ...

  • Nathan Ramsey, Pat McCrory, Chuck McGrady
    Raleigh Report: On NC’s budget debate, contamination and Medicaid
    June 23, 2014, Comments Off

    After a week shaking down the differences in the Senate and House versions of the 2014 budget, both chambers appointed conferees to get to a final agreement and close out the short session. The final target -- about $21.1 billion -- is the ...

  • Sen. Ralph Hise, co-chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services, explains part of the budget in a meeting last week. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press
    Raleigh Report: What the NC Senate budget proposal means for WNC
    June 2, 2014, Comments Off

    The state Senate proposal enumerates changes on everything from teacher pay to coal ash monitoring, and -- in WNC -- shows details on lawmaker's funding priorities, including on the Western Crime Lab, repairs at the WNC Agricultural Center ...

  • A quick look at unemployment rates in April across the North Carolina mountains. Map section courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    18 WNC counties post decreases in unemployment
    May 30, 2014, Comments Off

    Still, with the statewide unemployment rate for the month at 6 percent, most of the region had higher-than-average unemployment, according to new data released by state employment officials this week.

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    Racial disparities persist in WNC infant deaths
    May 29, 2014, Comments Off

    In NC, African-American babies are dying before their first birthday at about two-and-a-half times the rate of white babies. The numbers are only slightly better in Buncombe County, with African-American infants twice as likely to die befor ...