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PHOTO: Cement plants in North Carolina and around the nation will no longer be able to get off the hook for releasing dangerous pollutants and claiming it was a mistake, after a ruling Friday by a federal appeals court. Photo credit: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A federal court ruled Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can no longer let cement plants off the hook for fines if the plants or their kilns spew dangerous pollution and claim it was the result of what's known as an "upset" or a mistake. Seth Johnson represente...Read More

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Photo: Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute. left, and Raleigh City Councilman Russ Stephenson stand on top of Raleigh's new LEED certified Convention Center. Photo credit: Russ Stephenson

RALEIGH, N.C. - Raleigh is doing something right when it comes to solar power, according to a report released this month by Environment North Carolina that ranks the city 15th in the nation when it comes to installed solar projects per capita. It's an effort backed by both public and private partner...Read More

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PHOTO: Beaches like Nags Head generate at least $3 billion a year in revenue for North Carolina. Conservation groups are concerned that could change if oil and gas exploration is allowed along the coast. Photo credit: Wikimedia

NAGS HEAD, N.C. – Sunday marks the four-year anniversary of the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast. While oil and gas exploration isn't currently permitted off the North Carolina coast that could change. Gov. Pat McCrory promised to push for it in his State of the State a...Read More

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Photo: The North Carolina Supreme Court is considering the cases of four inmates who had their sentences converted to life in prison under the Racial Justice Act. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

RALEIGH, N.C. - It's a waiting game now for supporters and opponents of North Carolina's Racial Justice Act (RJA). On Monday, the state Supreme Court heard arguments in the cases of four defendants who were the only inmates removed from death row under the RJA. The legislation was passed in 2009, ...Read More

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GRAPHIC: A Global Day of Action on Military Spending is highlighting the need for better federal investment in communities. Graphic courtesy of the National Priorities Project.

RALEIGH, N.C. - As they put their taxes in the mail today, some North Carolinians will join others across the world for a Global Day of Action on Military Spending. According to Mary Zerkel, co-coordinator of the Wage Peace campaign of the American Friends Service Committee, 57 percent of all U.S. d...Read More

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Photo: Mary Jamis, left, and Starr Johnson married in New York after being together for 14 years. Courtesy: Jamis and Johnson

MOCKSVILLE, N.C. – Tuesday is the dreaded April 15 tax deadline. It's a daunting enough task for anyone, but for the thousands of legally married, same-sex couples in North Carolina, it's that much more complicated. Mary Jamis and her partner of 14 years, Starr Johnson, married in New York...Read More

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Photo: NC Student Power Union continues to host efforts state wide to demand a debt-free college system by 2020. Courtesy: NC Student Power Union

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Today dozens of North Carolina college students will attend the Board of Governors meeting at UNC Chapel Hill to demand a debt free system from the state's public universities by 2020. With the College Board estimating state tuition prices will rise by 40 percent in the n...Read More

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Photo: Naujoks says this is a "seep" from the Duke Buck Steam Plant coal-ash pond leaching onto state game lands, directly into the Yadkin River. Testing by the Yadkin Riverkeeper indicates chromium at 10-times the groundwater standard, and lead at six-times the standard. Courtesy: Yadkin Riverkeeper

DANBURY, N.C. – It took about two months for more than 39,000 tons of coal ash to leak into the Dan River from Duke Energy's retired coal-fired power plant, but cleanup is expected to take much longer than that. The hold-up goes beyond the large task ahead, and extends to the state's courtro...Read More

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