April 24, 2017

News
Report: Inequality Persists in NC Communities

North Carolina’s unemployment rate continues to fall, but economists remind us that those figures may not apply to all segments of the population. A new analysis by the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center found disparities between employment opportunities for people of color and their white peers...
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Suspect in Custody After Stand Off in Waynesville

Around 12:30 today (Tuesday), a 911 call came in that a middle aged man was armed in an apartment across from BB&T Bank and Garrett Funeral Home on Main Street in downtown Waynesville. A special response team responded to the call and had a barricade set up near downtown Waynesville  as they dealt w...
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Blue Ridge Health Opens New Site in Sylva

Blue Ridge Health (BRH) opened its newest site in Sylva, NC on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017, The new clinic is a result of a collaborative effort by BRH, Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County (GSCJC) and Harris Regional Hospital (HRH) to strengthen and expand access to comprehensive, affordable health car...
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Traffic Shift Coming to Interstate Bridge

Lane changes are coming to Interstate 26. A contractor for the Department of Transportation will begin shifting westbound I-26 traffic just south of the I-40/240 Interchange on the bridge over Pond Road into a new pattern. GLF Construction is working at night to alter the westbound lanes from the existi...
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Gender wage gap in North Carolina

An analysis released for Equal Pay Day tomorrow reveals the size of the gender wage gap and its detrimental effects on the spending power of North Carolina women. Women employed full time, year-round in North Carolina are paid just 86 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap of $5,9...
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NC Lawmakers Reach Across Aisle to End Gerrymandering

North Carolina has a long history of gerrymandering election districts, but small steps are being made by members of both parties to end the practice once and for all. Today is the deadline for state senators to sign on to co-sponsor Senate Bill 554 that would create a Fair Redistricting Study Committee...
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Weekend Drug Arrest in Swain County

On Saturday night, April 1st, Swain County deputies charged and arrested Annah Marie Norman, Jessee McClennon Watty and Jacob Hunter Rattler for various drug charges. A large amount of heroin and cash was seized. All three were charged with TRAFFICKING IN OPIUM OR HEROIN, CONSPIRE TO TRAFFIC OPIUM OR HE...
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