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North Carolina citizens demand action on coal ash

March 6, 2014 - With a new poll finding North Carolina voters overwhelmingly want state officials to force Duke Energy to clean up its coal ash pits, a protest outside the governor's mansion that involved the Moral Monday movement leader turned up the heat on the McCrory administration, which is under federal investigation following the Feb. 2 spill into the Dan River.

On North Carolina's high court, corruption worse than West Virginia?

October 18, 2013 - A redistricting lawsuit has landed in the N.C. Supreme Court, where plaintiffs are seeking the recusal of Justice Paul Newby because his 2012 re-election campaign got much of its support from the same GOP group involved in drawing the new political maps. They cite a similar case out of West Virginia that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled for recusal.

Obama energy pick led fracking study marred by conflicts of interest

March 20, 2013 - A watchdog group with a track record of uncovering conflicts of interest in fracking research has discovered that the president's energy nominee failed to disclose he was a director of a firm that profits from the shale gas industry at the time he released an influential study concluding the environmental impacts of the controversial gas drilling practice were "manageable."