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Cherokee County’s former Department of Social Services director pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of justice at the end of October. The charge focuses on Cindy Palmer’s use of an illegal custody agreement which could have unlawfully removed as many as 50 children from their homes in the county. Carolina Public Press’ lead investigative reporter Kate Martin has been covering the trails of those families for two years and spoke with BPR’s Lilly Knoepp about ongoing litigation.

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Editor’s note: This article is Part 2 of a two-part investigative series.  Part one can be read here.

Rape Victims Need Help From Specialized Nurses, But No One In NC Keeps Track Of Them

Jan 25, 2021
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Editor’s note: This article is part 1 of a two-part investigative series from Carolina Public Press.

After a sexual assault, survivors have choices to make.

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Democrats in North Carolina scored a victory in the mid-term elections at the state level, winning enough seats in both chambers of the General Assembly to break Republican supermajorities.  That will prevent the GOP from over riding vetoes from Democratic governor Roy Cooper through party line votes starting in January.  Most of the Democratic pickups occurred in the Triangle and Charlotte areas, but the party did pick up two critical House seats in the western part of the state.  In District 119, Democrat Joe Sam Queen won his seat back from incumbent Republican Mike Clampitt.  In Distri

One North Carolina city is rapidly increasing its parking fees at a time when most other major cities across the state have not posted substantial increases in parking charges in years.

This week on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation about the process, history, and political gamesmanship of redistricting.

CPP Investigates Health Impacts of Coal Ash

Apr 7, 2016
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A series of hearings across the state are giving the public the opportunity to weigh in on coal ash disposal, and policymakers are getting an earful.  Residents have brought up numerous concerns, and some have suggested current health issues could be a result of water contamination from coal ash.  Carolina Public Press decided to investigate those claims and found more questions than answers.  CPP Managing Editor Frank Taylor spoke with Jeremy Loeb. 

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Carolina Public Press has been investigating the mysterious death of western North Carolina army veteran Felicia Reeves.  Reeves disappeared from Henderson County in August of last year.  She was found dead a week later in a motel in New Jersey.  New Jersey police ruled the death a suicide by hanging.  But in his investigative report, CPP's Frank Taylor notes a number of odd discrepancies and circumstances surrounding the death.  He spoke with WCQS's Jeremy Loeb. 

NC Utilities Commission Decision Expected Today

Feb 24, 2016
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The deadline for a decision on the future of Duke Energy’s Lake Julian Power plant is today.  Last week the North Carolina Utilities Commission held a public meeting in Raleigh to consider Duke’s plan to phase out its coal  fired power plant.  David Hurand spoke with Carolina Public Press Managing Editor Frank Taylor about the hearing and the approaching deadline.

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The National Holiday was signed into law in January 1983 by President Ronald Reagon and is celebrated the third Monday of January.  Kings wife Coretta Scott King once wrote “the holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America.”

Jon Elliston is a reporter and editor with W.N.C Magazinne and the on line news service, Carolina Public Press.  He spoke with David Hurand about two visits the civil rights leader made to Western North Carolina in the early 1960s.

Public or Private: Who Owns the Water?

Sep 22, 2015
Mike Belleme/Carolina Public Press

Few of us think of who owns the water we drink or who manages the miles of pipes that keeps the precious  resource running to our homes and businesses.   But a population boom in the mountains and  concern about water-rights across the country have raised the issue of who  pays for our water and infrastructure.  Jack Igelman  of Carolina Public  Press, a non-profit news service in Western North Carolina, has the story.

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F.B.I Files on Black Mt. College Released

Aug 10, 2015

Carolina Public Press investigative reporter Jon Elliston filed a Freedom of Information request that lead to the release of information on Black Mountain College gathered by the F.B.I.  He spoke with David Hurand.

Investigative Journalist Charles Lewis in WNC

May 12, 2015

Charles Lewis says somewhat facetiously that his love of investigative journalism is in his DNA.  While in high school he started writing satirical pieces and asking tough questions of those in authority.   After more than forty years as a journalist he is still excited about his job and dedicated to the task of  probing for the truth.  The former ABC News and 60 Minutes producer and founder of the Center for Public Integrity will speak Thursday (5/14) evening at the Crest Center in Asheville.   The event is sponsored by the on-line investigativ