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Environmental groups, GOP legislators oppose McCrory coal ash proposal

Gov. Pat McCrory proposed legislation last week that he said would strengthen the state’s ability to regulate coal ash and result in the “conversion or closure” of all 33 of Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds statewide.

However, the bill gives Duke Energy broad discretion over what exactly closing the ponds would entail, and has drawn criticism from both environmental groups and Republican state legislators for being too easy on the utility…

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NC CEOs make 108 times the average worker salary

According to the annual AFL-CIO salary survey, chief executives in North Carolina made an average salary of $4.2 million in 2013 — 108 times the average worker income of $38,894 in the state.

When compared to minimum wage workers who make $7.25 per hour in North Carolina, the disparity jumps to a 277:1 ratio… More

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Anti-vaccine movement on the rise in Buncombe County

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that the percentage of kindergarteners in Buncombe County with religious exemptions from vaccination requirements has jumped to 4.22% for the current school year — five times the state average and well above the rate of surrounding counties… More

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