April 14, 2014 -
A program launched by conservatives to root out alleged voter fraud has generated a lot of heated rhetoric but few cases of actual wrongdoing. North Carolina joined the program just as two other states dropped out amid concerns about unreliable data.
April 11, 2014 -
Conservative activists and media outlets made wild claims of voter fraud after the North Carolina elections board pointed to potential problems. But after a closer examination of how similar findings played out elsewhere, newspapers urged caution as the investigation proceeds.
April 9, 2014 -
American Rivers has released its annual list of the 10 most endangered U.S. rivers, and three are in the South -- the Haw in North Carolina, the South Fork Edisto in South Carolina, and the Middle Mississippi in Kentucky.
April 4, 2014 -
This week North Carolina election officials announced they discovered possible evidence of widespread voter fraud in the battleground state -- but they didn't discuss who had conducted the research or why, or what became of such claims made in other states.
March 28, 2014 -
Civil rights groups suing North Carolina over its voter suppression law scored a victory in federal court this week with a ruling that state lawmakers must release some e-mails and other documents related to the bill's passage.
March 27, 2014 -
The Renew North Carolina Foundation, a political nonprofit supporting the agenda of Gov. Pat McCrory, doesn't have to disclose its donors. But thanks to a shareholder push for transparency, we now know that tobacco giant Reynolds American donated $50,000 to the group last year.
March 26, 2014 -
Watchdog groups are raising concerns about calls to move coal ash from wet impoundments into dry landfills, warning of inevitable leakage from landfills that are typically located in low-income and minority communities. Instead, they propose storing the waste above ground in concrete vaults on power plant property.
March 21, 2014 -
Legal and regulatory pressure is building against North Carolina-based Duke Energy over its chronic mismanagement of toxic waste from coal-fired power plants. Meanwhile, environmental watchdogs using a hidden camera busted a Kentucky utility illegally dumping coal ash wastewater into the Ohio River.
March 14, 2014 -
Environmental groups have issued notice that they plan to sue a large North Carolina hog operation over illegal pollution. The company's president is a major political donor and the son of an influential former state lawmaker.