north carolina

The crisis of crisis pregnancy centers

October 25, 2011 - Unregulated organizations posing as comprehensive healthcare providers called "crisis pregnancy centers" are slated to begin receiving state funds in North Carolina from the sale of "Choose Life" license plates. An investigation by the NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Foundation has uncovered a disturbing pattern of deceptive and misleading practices at the facilities.

Public gets last chance to weigh in on Duke-Progress merger

September 19, 2011 - The N.C. Utilities Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 20 about the proposed merger of Progress Energy and Duke Energy to form the nation's largest electric utility, which would operate under the Duke Energy name. The hearing represents the public's last chance to weigh in on the plan. If the merger is approved, the company would become the largest U.S. utility, worth over $35 billion and with more than 7 million customers in the Carolinas, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

Hexavalent chromium pollution linked to coal ash disposal

February 3, 2011 - An independent report identifies 28 coal ash dump sites from Massachusetts to Nevada where hexavalent chromium has been detected in the groundwater at levels exceeding federal or state standards. Hexavalent chromium is one toxic waste product created by coal-fired power plants known to contain potentially dangerous levels of heavy metals, combustion byproducts and radioactive elements.