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North Carolina is home to 14.4 billion trees. Those trees provide habitat for animals and a healthy forestry business in the state. They also absorb carbon, helping fight the effects of climate change. The growth of burning wood pellets for utility-scale electricity may push the forestry industry even higher. But it’s a development that some say could have a catastrophic effect on global warming. Dave DeWitt of WUNC reports.

Bree Stallings

This week, it’s time to get out and vote. No, not for the next mayor or president…but for public art that could brighten your commute. 

Duke Energy Solar farm near Elizabeth City NC
Duke Energy Renewables

Duke Energy and Google announced a deal Tuesday that will supply Google's Lenoir data center with power from a new solar farm under development in Rutherford County. Duke says the 61-megawatt facility being developed by Rutherford Solar LLC will be one of North Carolina's largest.

Under the deal, Duke Energy will buy power from the new solar project, and re-sell it to Google. The partnership is the first through Duke's Green Source Rider program, which supplies renewable energy to non-residential customers. The project's cost won't be passed on to the utility's other customers.

Charlotte Observer

Gov. Pat McCrory argued for months that North Carolina needed about $1.6 billion to catch up with serious transportation needs, and he said the state should borrow the money right away.

Legislative leaders agreed about the need, but in September they killed McCrory’s proposal to issue transportation bonds. They said they could raise all this money – and then some – without borrowing a dime.

After I-77 'Summit,' Still No Agreement on Tolls

Nov 23, 2015
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David Boraks / WFAE

Workers have repainted lane lines and posted orange construction signs on I-77 in the Lake Norman area as work begins to widen the road with toll lanes. But there’s still lots of opposition, and local officials fighting the plan got no hope when they met NCDOT leaders in Cornelius Monday morning in what was billed as an I-77 Summit.

Health insurance companies will pay North Carolinians $8.5 million in rebates. It's the latest round of payments required under Obamacare if insurers spend too much on profits or administrative costs.

JCSU President Ron Carter Faces Questions Over Leadership

Nov 23, 2015

Charlotte Observer 

Ron Carter arrived at Johnson C. Smith University seven years ago as a change agent, and testaments to his vision include the new light-filled science center on campus and the colorful Mosaic Village housing development along Charlotte’s northwest corridor.

Supporters say Carter, who has been president since July 2008, is just what the university – and west side – need to revitalize.

S.C. Agriculture Department

Historic rainfall is making this a grim year for one of the biggest industries in the Carolinas: farming. Just when fall crops were ready to harvest, catastrophic floods drowned fields and sidelined farm workers. Some in South Carolina say their losses are so severe that they may go out of business.

Tina Turnbow

Her music fans may know her as Emily Kinney. But for fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead, she’ll always be the farmer’s daughter with a lot of heart, Beth Greene.

Spoiler alert for those not on the current season.

David Boraks

Hillary Clinton says she would be willing to break up big financial institutions if the need arose.  The front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination spoke at a Democratic Party rally in North Charleston Saturday.  Meanwhile, more Carolinians are expected to travel this year for Thanksgiving, and they'll find much lower gas prices.