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Friday, July 11, 2014 - 9:09am

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New coal ash ad targets Tillis (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A new barrage of TV ads criticizing state lawmakers over environmental issues will begin airing this week, this one singling out House Speaker Thom Tillis. This ad is the opening salvo from the N.C. League of Conservation Voters, and is part of what the organization says is a $1 million drive to hold polluters accountable and win greater protections against future spills like the coal ash pollution of the Dan River this year. Earlier this year, several state environmental advocacy groups and the national Natural Resources Defense Council kicked off a series of TV ads targeting specific Republican state legislators. The NRDC said more than $1 million would be spent. The League of Conservation Voters coal ash campaign, separate from the state and national coalition’s campaign, begins with an ad buy of $845,000 airing from Friday to July 24 in the Triangle, Charlotte, Triad and Asheville, the League says.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 10:37am

It doesn't take a genius to see the practical way out of our budget conundrum. But then again, it does take at least a few brain cells, which we seem to be lacking in Raleigh.

STOP THE FREAKIN' TAX CUTS

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 9:35am

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What do you do with 100 tons of coal ash? (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- Dump trucks – each loaded with 20 tons of coal ash – make some 200 trips a day from Duke Energy's Lake Julian power plant to the Asheville Regional Airport, where the toxic material is used as fill to create flat, usable land. The disposal method is considered a cost-effective and environmentally sound reuse of the material. About 4 million tons will have been removed from the plant's two ash ponds by the time the project ends next year. But, as state lawmakers struggle with legislation to better manage coal ash in the wake of the Feb. 2 spill into the Dan River, there are concerns about what to do with amounts of the byproduct far larger than what's being reused in Asheville. Duke estimates there are 102 million tons of coal ash in 33 ponds across the state.
http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2014/07/09/tons-coal-ash/1...

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 9:56am

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93-year-old woman speaks against voting changes (AP) — The 93-year-old lead plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging North Carolina's new voting restrictions recounted in federal court Tuesday how she was forced to take a literacy test as a young woman registering to vote.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/93-year-old-woman-speaks-against-voti...

N.C. attorneys say removed provisions ripe for problems (Winston-Salem Journal) -- The issue of voter fraud – one of the many reasons state legislators cited in their push for North Carolina’s new voting law – was front and center Tuesday during a federal hearing on whether to block many of the provisions of that very law.
http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/n-c-attorneys-say-removed-provision...

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 6:19pm

The General Assembly
explores its budget options.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 4:03pm

A press release with some good news:

ASHEVILLE - The D.C. Court of Appeals has ruled against CTS Corporation, deciding that the CTS of Asheville Superfund site must remain on the EPA’s Superfund inventory despite the company’s objections. CTS Corporation, which ran its Asheville facility from 1959 until 1986, sued the EPA in an effort to remove the contaminated site from Superfund. Finding that the site is indeed heavily polluted with carcinogens such as trichloroethylene (TCE), the court’s ruling in favor of the EPA will hugely benefit the Asheville community that is afflicted by CTS Corporation’s pollution.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 8:38am

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House Coal-ash Bill Raises Concerns about Groundwater Rules (N.C. Health News) -- The state House has passed a coal-ash bill that, according to some critics, would weaken the rules that protect subsurface drinking water
http://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2014/07/07/house-coal-ash-bill-ra...

Coal-ash legislation heads toward compromise (Mountain Xpress) -- What to do about coal ash, the toxic byproduct of burning coal to produce electricity? The North Carolina Senate and House have dueling views on what should be done, and environmentalists say neither approach does enough to clean up existing coal-ash impoundments and prevent spills like the one that released tens of thousands of gallons into the Dan River this February. The proposals go into conference soon, as legislators try to iron out their differences and craft the final bill.

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Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:06am

The kids may be able to take the summer off, but we adults have to keep studying:

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Harrison to lobby Congress on coal ash (Greensboro News & Record) -- Rep. Pricey Harrison will be in Washington, D.C., Tuesday to talk about coal ash.
http://www.news-record.com/news/government/article_dba36f52-054c-11e4-95...

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Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 9:38am

A Sunday full of mostly bad news, as North Carolina barrels down the path of pollution, poverty, and politics-as-usual. Of special note, Queen Aldona, still firmly planted on her big-donor throne, continues to screw up everything she touches at DHHS. If Pat McCrory were running government like a business, Aldona Wos would have been sent packing months ago.
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Dan River Coal Spill & Cleanup Not Slowing River Activity (WFMY-TV) -- In February, nearly 40,000 tons of coal ash spilled into the Dan River. That's 80 million pounds of pollution that was released in the river water at Duke Energy's Eden power station. "We were just shocked about the news about the spill. We didn't know how it would impact our summer business," said David Hoskins, who owns a canoes and kayaks rental company. Hoskins said he believed the negative news surrounding the coal ash spill would sink his profits. "Our worry was to be guilty to by association," said Hoskins, who owns The Dan River Company.
http://www.wfmynews2.com/story/news/local/2014/07/05/dan-river-july-2014...

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Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 9:16am

For your reading enjoyment. Not.
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Questions about coal ash not sinking Dan River business (WGHP-TV) -- North Carolina’s coal ash spill in February which dominated headlines for months and is still being cleaned up in Danville, Va., is not scaring visitors away from the Dan River. Dan River Adventures is seeing strong campground and river activity business this holiday weekend. “The main impact from that has been just answering the questions about it,” said Glenn Bozorth, the company owner. On Friday, tubers filled every spot on the bus. The river is expected to be just as busy on Saturday. Some of those visitors said the coal ash was something they talked about in the early stages of planning their trip but booked the trip anyway.
http://myfox8.com/2014/07/04/questions-about-coal-ash-not-sinking-dan-ri...

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