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5:40 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

NC Renewable Energy, And Surcharges, Set To Rise

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Duke Energy reports it cost about $30 million to comply with North Carolina’s renewable energy requirement last year. As that requirement doubles next year, Duke is petitioning for an increase in rates.


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Local News
5:03 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

UnitedHealthCare Will Offer Health Insurance On N.C. Exchange In 2015

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People looking to buy health insurance through the North Carolina exchange may soon have another company to choose from. UnitedHealthCare plans to offer federally-subsidized coverage in the state starting next year.


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Charlotte Observer
11:34 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Angelo Smith Arrives In Charlotte, Held By CMPD

Angelo Grayson Smith Jr.

Angelo Grayson Smith Jr., the boyfriend of missing teacher Bianca Tanner and the last one to see her before she disappeared, arrived at Charlotte-Mecklenburg police headquarters early Tuesday and was questioned by detectives, authorities say.

Smith will be taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail, charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to police.

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Charlotte Observer
10:10 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Union County Commissioners OK 15.4% Tax Hike

MONROE Union County commissioners approved a 15.4 percent tax increase Monday night to cover school district expenses, which will add about $200 to the bill for a typical taxpayer.

The closely divided vote on the 2014-15 budget came on the last day of the fiscal year.

“It creates a tremendous amount of heartburn, the idea that we’ve got to raise taxes on the people of Union County,” said commissioner Jonathan Thomas, who blamed an “out-of-control school board.”

The budget passed 3-2. Thomas and commissioner Todd Johnson were the “no” votes.

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Local News
9:25 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Happy Fiscal New Year! Do We Have Anything To Celebrate Yet?

Credit NC General Assembly

Today is July 1. The 182nd day of 2014. To most of us, it’s just another Tuesday. But to those North Carolinians more in tune with a fiscal calendar than a Gregorian one – state lawmakers, for example – today is also the first day of 2015. And that means the budget is passed and the short legislative session is over. Right?

Not so fast.

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Local News
5:30 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Drivers Ed Courses Could Rise Under Senate Budget Plan

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Teenagers and their families may have to shell out more for drivers education courses if a Senate plan to cut funding for that program goes through. 


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Local News
12:09 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Compensation Deadline For NC Eugenics Victims

Today is the deadline for victims of North Carolina’s decades-long eugenics program to submit applications to receive compensation from the state. 


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Sunday Headlines
11:14 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Tobacco Headquarters To Become Hotel, Apartments

A Philadelphia company has announced plans to buy and re-develop the historic R.J. Reynolds Tobacco headquarters in Winston-Salem. PMC Property Group plans to spend $7.8 million to buy the 22-story building, and to invest an estimated $60 million overall in the conversion.  Plans call for a boutique hotel on the bottom six floors, and 120 luxury residential units above.

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Local News
8:35 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

N.C. DENR Cites Duke Energy For More Leaking Drain Pipes At Coal Ash Dams

Credit Duke Energy

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources has completed its review of video inspections of drain pipes at Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds. Engineers say Duke needs to repair or fill in pipes at all of its coal plants. The state issued 14 citations earlier this month and another nine yesterday. The drain pipes are part of the system that filters overflow water from coal ash ponds and sends it under the dams into nearby lakes or rivers. DENR spokeswoman Bridget Munger says the state ordered Duke to record video from inside the pipes following the large coal ash spill in February at Duke’s retired Dan River plant. But she explains that unlike the pipe that broke at Dan River, these pipes run under the dams, not under the ponds themselves.


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Local News
5:03 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Lottery Selects Students To Receive Vouchers For Private Schools

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A couple thousand students in North Carolina could attend private school next year with the help of public money.  The state announced the winners of the Opportunity Scholarship lottery this week. 

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