April 24, 2017

News
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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NC Solar Farms Do “Double Duty” Helping Pollinators

The growing number of solar farms in North Carolina require large tracts of land, and the areas around the solar panels must be free of tall vegetation. Now some local solar companies have found a way to not only produce energy, but also use the land to host pollen-producing plants for bees and other be...
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Rural communities facing premature death

The Robert Wood Foundation released their annual National County Health Rankings and Roadmaps report which helps communities identify and implement solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.  This report added additional research topics than i...
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GSMA announces 2016 aid-to-park funding details

Great Smoky Mountains Association had its best year ever for both sales and membership income in 2016, Executive Director Laurel Rematore reported this week, allowing the association to contribute more than $2 million in support to Great Smoky Mountains National Park last year. “We continued our focus o...
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March for Health Comes to Sylva NC

On April Fool’s Day, April first, a nonpartisan group of local citizens will join marchers around the US for a very serious cause: healthcare access. Organizer Nilofer Couture is planning a satellite march in Sylva that will coordinate with marches set for Washington D.C., New York City, Seattle and oth...
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