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OPINION: How the NCGA can take action on domestic violence

Originally Published in Citizen Times Rep. Brian Turner, GUEST COLUMNIST When Erica Smith and her four children were shot last month in their West Asheville home, waves of grief rippled through our entire community. The classmates, coworkers,…

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WNC environmental programs and agencies could see more cuts in new state budget

Originally Published in Mountain Xpress Editor’s note: Rep. Tim Moore, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Sen. Phil Berger, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, “announced their agreement on adjustments to the current two-year state budget,” on the…

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School money needs could be big debate for NC legislature this year

Originally Published in Citizen Times RALEIGH – The session of the North Carolina General Assembly that begins Wednesday is likely to be a battle of calculators and spreadsheets that will affect the future education of schoolchildren across the…

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Cooper proposes million-dollar NC budget deal to improve school safety

ASHEVILLE – Gov. Roy Cooper touted his proposal to spend an additional $130 million on public school safety and prevention across the state while on a visit to an area high school Monday. The proposal comes after an increased…

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Here are some ways to tackle the opioid issue in Western North Carolina, experts say

ASHEVILLE – Making progress against the opioid epidemic requires sustained efforts to help people addicted to the painkillers before, during and after a crisis, experts said at a roundtable discussion put on by the Citizen Times. “This is probably…

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Proposal to name official NC cat passes House in 107-5 vote

Originally Published in News & Observer N.C. House legislators are making another attempt to name the bobcat as North Carolina’s official state cat, following a request from a group of Rocky Mount elementary school students. The bill passed the…

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