Opponents Turn Out For Hearing On Duke Energy Rate Increase

Opponents of Duke Energy’s request for a proposed 6% rate increase in Western North Carolina dominated a public hearing in Charlotte on Thursday night. Even before the hearing got started, activists from several groups protested outside the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, chanting anti-Duke slogans.
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Energy and Environment stories done as WFAE's Reporting Fellow (2019-2020). See below for daily news stories done at WFAE.

At Hearing In Belmont, Coal Ash Plans Draw Both Questions And Praise From Residents

About 45 residents showed up for a public hearing Thursday night in Belmont. They asked questions about Duke's plans to transfer coal ash from the Allen Steam Station to new, lined landfills. The hearing, held at Stuart Cramer High School, was hosted by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality. DEQ officials answered questions from residents about the design of the landfills and how the state would make sure the coal ash is contained. Amy Brown, an activist and Belmont resident, thanked

NC Had Fourth Largest Environment Funding Cuts In Country

A new report says North Carolina had the fourth highest budget cuts in the country over the last decade when it comes to environmental protection. Between 2008 and 2018, North Carolina’s state government cut funding for its environmental agency’s programs meant to reduce air and water pollution by 34%. Funding went from $136.3 million to $90 million dollars, when adjusting for inflation. The state also cut its staff levels by 35%. That data comes in a new report by the Environmental Integrity P

Uptown Charlotte's Protected Bike Lane On Track, But Not Fast Enough For Cyclists

Cyclists would love to not worry about being hit by vehicles. And drivers would love to not worry about hitting cyclists. Charlotte planners believe a protected bike lane project will make everyone happier and safer on uptown's roads. Stephanie Bercht is a designer who works uptown. She commutes to work by bike every day — she says there’s no bad day to bike. You just need to be prepared. As prepared as Bercht is, she still gets scared on her commute into uptown.

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NC Health Chief: Moves To Reopen Could Endanger Vulnerable Residents

Gaston County officials announced they would allow businesses to open up as long as they follow social distancing guidelines. But the state’s top health official says the move could endanger many vulnerable North Carolinians. State officials reacted to Gaston County’s move by saying it would cause confusion during the public health emergency. Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen pointed to state data estimating how many residents in the state have chronic conditions that could lead t

Mecklenburg County Releases Some Inmates From Jail Due To Fear of Coronavirus Spread

In Mecklenburg County, the justice system is beginning to release some inmates from the county jail to protect them and to prevent the introduction of coronavirus. So far, at least 80 inmates have been released in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Identifying who can safely be released from the county jail is a joint effort of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney, the public defender, private defense attorneys, and Mecklenburg Chief District Judge Elizabeth Trosch. Under normal circums

Want To Go To The Moon? NASA Recruits At CIAA Career Fair

The Charlotte Convention Center’s Ballroom was a maze of booths filled with companies, professional schools, and government organizations on Thursday. They were there to meet students and recent graduates from historically black colleges and universities for the CIAA career fair. Clayton Turner chatted with students at the NASA booth. His sales pitch: that NASA’s spaceflight and robotics projects benefit everyone. Turner is NASA’s director of Langley Research Center in Virginia. He’s the first

Causey: Lindberg Wanted Him To Hire Business Associate

State Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey continued testimony Thursday morning in the federal bribery trial of insurance businessman Greg Lindberg. Lindberg and two of his associates are accused of trying to funnel $2 million to Causey in political contributions in exchange for removing a senior deputy in his office who was part of the regulation of Lindberg's insurance companies. WFAE political reporter Steve Harrison spoke to Michael Falero from the federal courthouse in Charlotte.

Concord Considers Deal With Chinese Furniture Maker For Philip Morris Site

Concord City Council will vote Thursday night to offer more than $800,000 in tax incentives to what appears to be a Chinese furniture maker. The company would build a facility on the site of the old Phillip Morris plant. City Council expects the unnamed furniture manufacturer to build multiple facilities on 60 acres of the old Phillip Morris plant. According to the meeting agenda, the city will hold a public hearing and a vote over the deal. The city of Concord would provide the tax incentives
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