House Republicans have rolled out an economic development package they hope will help Governor Pat McCrory recruit more companies and jobs to North Carolina.
The long-awaited measure filed Tuesday would increase the cap on what's now called the Job Development Investment Grant program, which makes payments to qualifying companies based on a portion of income taxes paid by hired workers.
The effects of the great recession that hit the U.S. in 2008 have eased and the national unemployment rate has dropped to around six percent. But for many Americans wages have remained about where they were in 2007. In fact, wages haven't changed much since 2000. David Forbes is a local journalist and editor of the Asheville Blade, a reader supported on line news service. He spoke with David Hurand about local wages and the future of organized labor in Western North Carolina.
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Some North Carolina court officials could opt out of marriage duties — including same-sex marriages — under legislation given the state Senate's approval.
The Senate voted 32-16 Wednesday for a bill giving magistrates and some register of deeds workers the ability to remove themselves from the process because of religious objections. The bill comes after federal judges' in October overturned North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban.
Federal prosecutors have filed multiple criminal charges against Duke Energy over years of illegal pollution from coal ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.
The three U.S. Attorney's Offices covering the state on Friday charged Duke with nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act. The prosecutors say the nation's largest electricity company engaged in unlawful dumping at coal-fired power plants in Eden, Moncure, Asheville, Goldsboro and Mt. Holly.
Brevard College is pulling all of the school's investments out of fossil fuels to make a public statement that something has to be done about climate change.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that trustees voted Friday to get rid of any investment in fossil fuels from the college's $25 million endowment. Officials estimate about 4 percent of the Transylvania County school's portfolio is in fossil fuels like coal.
Public higher education in Western North Carolina contributed two billion dollars to the North Carolina economy in the 2012-2013 fiscal year and around 75 percent of that money stayed in the region. That's
A recently released report claims nearly four-thousand African American southerners were murdered by white mobs between 1877 and 1950. David Hurand spoke with Carolina Public Press Investigative reporter Jon Elliston about the four year study, Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror.