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RC: The dumping ground for coal ash

RC: The dumping ground for coal ash

CLIFFSIDE – There were about 8 of these large dump trucks that went by the house Sunday reported a local resident. Eight truckloads of coal ash from outside of Rutherford County being dumped here. The drinking water of our communities and those downstream are at risk. Another resident reports over 20 trucks a day bringing […]

Drug test results are in for N.C.’s Work First

RALEIGH – The initial results of a drug testing program for some public assistance applicants are in. In 2013, state lawmakers required testing for Work First, a cash assistance program for needy families. The results are in and there is little evidence of widespread drug use among the poor in North Carolina. The Department of Health and […]

NC Budget extended until Sept. 18

RALEIGH – Lawmakers said they’re working on a compromise after extending their budget deadline another three weeks. The House and Senate passed a Continuing Resolution this week to ensure funding for the current operations of state government until September 18th, 2015 at 11:59 PM. While the current budget does not have funding for the state to continue paying for […]

Sunday hunting bill passes NC legislature

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s long-standing ban on hunting with firearms on Sundays only needs Gov. Pat McCrory’s signature for it to end. The Senate voted 33-15 in favor of a compromise with the House bill. Last week the House approved the changes, which also ends the deference to the Christian Sabbath. Supporters noted churchgoers go out […]

NC Senate approves bill allowing court officials to opt out of gay marriage ceremonies

NC Senate approves bill allowing court officials to opt out of gay marriage ceremonies

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Senate approved a measure allowing government officials to refuse to perform marriages or issue marriage licenses if those officials have religious objections. Senate Bill 2 advanced Wednesday 32-16, mainly down party lines with two Republicans voting against the measure and two Democrats voting for it. Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Spruce Pine, voted […]