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8:45 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

NCDOT Secretary Promoting Book as State Deals With Snow

NC Transportation Secretary Tony Tata
Credit Alicia Funderburk/Carolina Public Press

N.C. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata was in Chicago touting a book as his department's work crews scrambled to treat roads covered by a surprise snowfall.

WRAL-TV in Raleigh reports Tata appeared on CNN Tuesday to talk about his new military thriller.

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Politics
8:36 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

NC House Republicans File Awaited Recruiting Measure

Governor Pat McCrory
AP Photo

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.

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Economy
5:07 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Where is Organized Labor?

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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Station News
9:19 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Reveal: Public Radio's Peabody Award-Winning Investigative Journalism Program

From The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX – this Saturday at 3 and Sunday at 6 on WCQS

In this episode, we track down secrets one powerful religious hierarchy was keeping under wraps; troops open up to Reveal about their experiences with torture and whether officers are being held accountable; and high-speed broadband is like electricity for the 21st century. Reveal examines why so many cities are left with poor service.

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Politics
7:04 am
Tue February 24, 2015

NC Senate Passes Gay Marriage 'Opt-out' Bill

Senate leader Phil Berger (R-Eden)
AP/Gerry Broome

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.

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Environment
9:26 am
Mon February 23, 2015

US Charges Duke Energy With Illegal Pollution From 5 Coal Ash Dumps

Associated Press

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.

Environment
9:20 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Brevard College Will Pull Investments Out of Fossil Fuels

Credit brevard.edu

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.

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Economy
1:15 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Higher Education in WCU Demonstrates Economic Clout

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

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Minorities
12:40 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy

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.

Equal Justice Initiative

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Health and Wellness
9:26 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Mission Health Responds to NPR Injured Nurse Story

Mission Hospital in Asheville
Susannah Kay for NPR

Mission Health has posted a response to NPR's injured nurse story.  The full text is below:

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