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Environment
9:24 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Senate Panel Also On Board With Capping NC Energy Mandates

ncsolarnow.com

There's a contingent in the North Carolina Senate that wants to join House lawmakers and stop expanding requirements for electric companies to generate more power through alternative sources and energy efficiencies.

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Sports
7:42 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Former UNC Coach, Assistant Bill Guthridge Dies at 77

Bill Guthridge was 80-28 as head coach at North Carolina from 1997 to 2000 and went to two Final Fours.
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Bill Guthridge, the longtime assistant to Dean Smith who succeeded him as North Carolina's head coach, has died. He was 77.

The school announced Wednesday that Guthridge died Tuesday night. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Guthridge spent three decades as an assistant to Smith, helping him bring national championships to Chapel Hill in 1982 and 1993.

When Smith retired as Division I's winningest men's coach shortly before the 1997-98 season, Guthridge was promoted to replace him, and he guided the Tar Heels to two Final Fours in three seasons.

Politics
6:14 am
Thu May 14, 2015

10 People Seeking Action on NC Minimum Wage Arrested

Chris Seward/News & Observer of Raleigh

Another 10 people opposed to Republican state government policies have been arrested at the North Carolina Legislative Building.

The demonstrators were led away Wednesday in plastic handcuffs by legislative police. General Assembly Police Chief Jeff Weaver says those arrested would be charged with second-degree trespassing. The protesters remained in the building after its posted 5 p.m. closing time.

The demonstrators are associated with the "Moral Monday" movement that's been holding regular rallies against GOP actions since 2013, leading to 1,000 arrests.

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Environment
6:10 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Duke Energy Will Be in Federal Court for Coal Ash Crimes

AP

As Duke Energy prepares to plead guilty to violating the federal Clean Water Act, it has started delivering bottled water to people with tainted wells close to its North Carolina coal ash pits.

Duke has long denied its 32 dumps in the state have contaminated the drinking water of its neighbors. But recent state-mandated tests found that more than 150 residential wells tested near Duke's dumps have failed to meet state groundwater standards.

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Environment
10:38 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Shareholder Lawsuit Claims Duke Energy Influenced Regulators

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The plaintiff in a shareholder lawsuit Duke Energy faces over massive coal ash spill claims the company improperly influenced North Carolina's environmental regulators.

The Charlotte Observer reports shareholder Judy Mesirov says Duke directors improperly influenced the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to minimize regulation under the administration of Gov. Pat McCrory, a former Duke employee.

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Politics
10:29 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Controversial Gun Bill Bouncing On and Off the Schedule

blackyouthproject.com

A bill that eases further restrictions on concealed handguns in North Carolina and makes other gun-related changes is back on the sidelines just hours after returning to the fast track.

The House Rules Committee chairman announced Tuesday afternoon the panel planned to consider a new version of the measure Wednesday, with a floor vote later in the day. But the committee meeting was canceled Tuesday night.

A committee notice said new provisions are anticipated in the coming days and Speaker Tim Moore wanted to offer more time to consider them.

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Politics
7:27 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Asheville City Council to Consider Body Cameras for Police

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The Asheville City Council is scheduled to vote on buying body cameras for the police department.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the City Council is set to vote on the purchase of 60 cameras that could be worn on various parts of the body, including the head or shoulder. The vote is scheduled during a regular Tuesday council meeting.

Politics
7:03 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Demonstrators Ask McCrory to Stop New Abortion Bill

wral.com

Abortion-rights advocates have returned to the Executive Mansion to urge North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to block a bill that would extend the waiting period for the procedure from 24 hours to 72 hours.

Representatives of Planned Parenthood and other groups held a news conference Monday across from the governor's home. The measure approved by the House and now in the Senate also requires doctors to give regulators more details about certain abortions performed.

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Business
7:08 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Volvo Chooses South Carolina for New $500M Auto Plant

News & Observer

Volvo Cars will build a $500 million plant in South Carolina that will eventually employ up to 4,000 people.

The company announced Monday morning that the plant about 30 miles from the Port of Charleston is expected to make about 100,000 vehicles a year, initially.

The company says it expects to employ about 2,000 people at the Berkeley County plant over the next decade. That could grow to 4,000 workers eventually.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley planned a news conference later Monday morning to formally announce Volvo's decision.

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Politics
5:26 am
Mon May 11, 2015

NC Chapter of NAACP to Question State on Voter Registration

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The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP wants the state to answer to what it says is a low number of voter registration applications the state has received from public assistance agencies in the last three years.

Chapter leaders and the Forward Together Moral Movement say they plan to visit the Department of Administration on Monday to submit a public records request regarding the records.

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