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Bidding wars in the Queen City may be over for now, but concerns about affordability aren’t.
Rural northern Buncombe County is the first area in the county to see the result of the American Rescue Plan Act’s quest to expand reliable broadband access. Buncombe is one of 81 NC…
North Carolina faces issues with providing children with emotional and behavioral health care, official says.
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Climate change is causing erratic weather events and altering ecosystems in the forests of Western North Carolina’s mountains.
What these changes mean and the challenges they pose for managing the forests.
Social services in NC may be in the hands of people who don’t meet minimum qualifications.
Why and how it happens, and how other states avoid the problem.
How climate change affects North Carolina’s fisheries
and the people who rely on them for a living.
The importance of sexual assault nurse examiners
and the difficulty of locating them in North Carolina
Justice elusive for NC sexual assault survivors
How and why North Carolina counties decide to build
or expand jails, the costs of those decisions
and possible alternatives.
Inconsistency and inequity in child welfare policies across NC
Struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic in state’s prison system
Is one of North Carolina’s main systems
for housing those with mental illness failing?
NC students fell behind in required vaccinations during the pandemic. Some – not all – are catching up.
Here’s a breakdown of all projects in Western North Carolina reported to the federal Treasury Department as of July 2022.
Fayetteville will receive $40.5 million in federal pandemic relief. How can local businesses benefit?
$5 million will go to businesses that were burdened by the economic effects of the virus.
North Carolina public health leaders are reaching out to community groups to help educate those at risk for monkeypox and get them vaccinated.
In recent history, Fayetteville has often been split among multiple congressional districts, frustrating local leaders who want one cohesive political voice.
Any registered voter in North Carolina can vote by absentee ballot through the mail. Plus, more answers to frequently-asked-questions about mail-in ballots, including how to track your ballot.
Figuring out where and when to vote in North Carolina can feel complicated. Here’s a step-by-step guide to review and share.
If you’ve been sexually assaulted in NC, you can get a rape kit immediately and later decide whether to report to law enforcement. The DNA in your kit will be preserved. There is no statute of limitations on sexual assault in the state.
Haywood County is currently the only mountain county using federal pandemic relief dollars to support local community colleges.
Program at Fayetteville State will be uniquely based at a historically black university, helping to address needs of under-served population.
‘Ghost forests’ are creeping across NC’s coast at an alarming rate. Researchers are trying to stop them.
The dead and dying forests are eerie and unmistakable. Their spread strains the economic, historic and social fabric of NC’s coastal communities.
Boosters for the omicron variant of COVID-19 may arrive in North Carolina as early as this week. Read our quick guide to when and where they will be available.
Cumberland County has a total of $65 million in federal pandemic relief. Investments in rent and mortgage assistance, among other housing aid programs, are in the works.