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Friday Sep 12 | WLOS

NC governor promises action on labor cheaters

State leaders in North Carolina are promising to make changes to prevent contractors from using a labor scheme that can hurt workers and cheat the state and federal government out of revenue. Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday he will push legislation to penalize companies that knowingly and improperly classify workers as independent contractors to get a competitive advantage.

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Related Topix: Pat McCrory, US Governors

Friday Sep 12 | Burlington Times News

Family blocks EPA cleanup crew in Buncombe County

A family living next to a polluted plant site in Buncombe County has blocked cleanup contractors with the Environmental Protection Agency from getting to the location. Multiple media outlets reported that Dot Rice's family used trucks and logs to keep the contractors off their land next to the old CTS plant.

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Related Topix: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Law, Law

Friday Sep 12 | WWNC-AM Asheville

Building Permits On The Rise In Buncombe Cty

While much of the Southeast has seen a drop in building permits for new homes, Asheville and Western North Carolina have seen an average 5 percent increase so far this year.

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Related Topix: Asheville, NC

Friday Sep 12 | WBTV

Family blocks EPA cleanup crew in Buncombe County

A family living next to a polluted plant site in Buncombe County has blocked cleanup contractors with the Environmental Protection Agency from getting to the location. Multiple media outlets reported that Dot Rice's family used trucks and logs to keep the contractors off their land next to the old CTS plant.

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Related Topix: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Law, Law

Friday Sep 12 | The Mountaineer Publishing Company

Teachers make their exit

Haywood County teacher of the year candidates stand together while waiting for the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year luncheon to commence. Pictured, from left, is Kelly Deaver, third-grade teacher at Meadowbrook, Sherry Justice, second-grade teacher at Clyde Elementary, and Glenna Rayburn, the Tite 1 math teacher at Bethel Elementary.

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Related Topix: Haywood County, NC, Kelly, NC, Henderson County, NC

Wed Sep 10, 2014

WWNC-AM Asheville

Buncombe Co. May Sue CTS

Buncombe County has spent a lot of money to address issues related to the contamination from the contaminated CTS plant site in Skyland and may attempt to be reimbursed. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the county will consider suing CTS for more than $2 million dollars to recoup the cost of actions like tearing down the abandoned plant and extending water lines to CTS neighbors on well water.

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Related Topix: Skyland, NC, Asheville, NC

WLOS

Firefighters called to NC nuclear plant

Firefighters were called to Duke Energy's Harris Nuclear Station near Apex around 5 a.m. Wednesday after an employee reported a fire in an industrial washer. Officials told WTVD that the fire was quickly extinguished.

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Related Topix: Asheville, NC

Asheville Citizen-Times

Town Square dedicated to citizens of Black Mountain

"Good things take a little bit of time," David Gantt, chairman of the Buncombe County Commissioners, told the crowd that gathered Monday afternoon for the dedication ceremony of Town Square.

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Related Topix: Black Mountain, NC

Tue Sep 09, 2014

WLOS

Media outlets plan NC Senate debate without Hagan

A television news outlet and North Carolina's two largest newspapers will hold a debate next month in the U.S. Senate race even if Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan doesn't participate. Time Warner Cable News North Carolina says it will air a live debate Oct. 21. The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer of Raleigh also are producing the debate.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Senator Kay Hagan, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Asheville, NC

WWNC-AM Asheville

13 Year Old Buncombe Cty Girl Found

Found safe and sound, however far from home. The Buncombe County Sherriff's Department confirms 13 year old Haylee Ledford has been found in the state of Texas.

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Related Topix: Asheville, NC

Mon Sep 08, 2014

WLOS

Agency gives $1M to help Robeson County babies

Two Robeson County entities are getting more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help keep babies healthy. The Fayetteville Observer reports the Robeson Health Care Corp. and University of North Carolina at Pembroke have each been awarded more than $500,000 through the Health Resources and Services Administration's Healthy Start program.

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Related Topix: Robeson County, NC, University of North Carolina Pembroke, Leicester, NC

Sat Sep 06, 2014

WYFF-TV Greenville

Search underway for man, teenage girl

The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man and a teenage girl believed to be headed to Colorado. Saturday deputies announced they were searching for Haylee Ledford, 13, from Leicester, North Carolina, and Jacob "Jake" Pearce from Golden, Colorado.

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Related Topix: Leicester, NC

Fri Sep 05, 2014

Hyperallergic

Art Movements

Florentijn Hofman's "HippopoThames" . The work was towed along the Thames river in London earlier this week.

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Related Topix: Classical

Mountain Xpress

Video: Meadows and Hill debate

Republican Congressman Mark Meadows faces a challenge in this year's election from Democrat Tom Hill. They're vying to represent District 11, which encompasses much of Western North Carolina, including western Buncombe County.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Representative Mark Meadows, Republican, US House of Representatives, Cullowhee, NC

Thu Sep 04, 2014

WLOS

NC motorcyclist fleeing from traffic stop killed

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports police said 35-year-old David Christopher Dadak of Candler was killed after speeding away from the stop. Sgt. Dave Romick said a police officer tried to stop Dadak on an unrelated traffic violation on Wednesday when the motorcyclist fled the stop.

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WLOS

UNC board elects new chancellor for ECSU

A statement from the University of North Carolina system said the UNC Board of Governors elected the Boston native during a special meeting Thursday. Jones succeeds Charles Becton, who had served as interim chancellor at the historically black college for the last 13 months.

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Related Topix: Howard University, Johns Hopkins University

Wed Sep 03, 2014

WLOS

131 Buncombe County workers take early retirement

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports County Manager Wanda Greene said the number of workers who took the retirement option was significantly more than she expected.

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Related Topix: Asheville, NC, Candler, NC

Norwalk Citizen News

Tillis, Hagan to meet in first NC Senate debate

This Aug. 25, 2014, file photo shows Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., as she speaks with members of the media at a campaign field office in Goldsboro, N.C. The candidates in North Carolina's expensive U.S. Senate race are engaging in their first debate.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Senator Kay Hagan, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Goldsboro, NC, Barack Obama, Asheville, NC

Mon Sep 01, 2014

Mountain Xpress

Preview: Buncombe County commissioners meet Sept. 2

The two main items before the Board are a road-closing petition and public hearing, and, in "New Business," a "Commitment of Spec Building Proceedings."

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Related Topix: Enka, NC, Fletcher, NC

Sat Aug 30, 2014

Cycle News

Don Tilley Dies in Accident

Don Tilley, the legendary race tuner and Tilley Harley-Davidson owner from Statesville, North Carolina, died Friday from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville according to newspaper reports and his dealership's website.

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Related Topix: Harley Davidson, Automakers, Statesville, NC, Blue Ridge Parkway, US National Parks

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