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NC Justice Center: groups say Medicaid expansion means jobs, coverage, lower premiums

Full announcement from the NC Justice Center: RALEIGH (January 31, 2013) – North Carolina Senate leaders declared yesterday and passed a bill out of commitee this morning saying that North Carolina must reject federal grant money to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. This expansion is 100 percent paid for by federal money over […]

Blue Ridge Parkway vista and historic trail protected near Spruce Pine

Here’s the press release from the Conservation Trust for North Carolina: The Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) recently purchased a property that contains an important portion of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVT) near the Orchard at Altapass, and which is highly visible from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The 128-acre property in McDowell […]

Jim James: It’s my life’s work to turn people onto Seth Kauffman of Floating Action

In a recent interview published in Rolling Stone magazine, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James offers effusive praise for local musician Seth Kauffman and his band, Floating Action. James’ record label co-released the band’s latest album, Fake Blood with Asheville’s Harvest Recordings. Kauffman had a big year last year full of festival dates and other […]

Public invited to free seminars about new treatment for depression

Press release From Park Ridge Health Hendersonville, N.C. (January 14, 2012) – Dr. William Simons of Park Ridge Center for Mood Disorders will offer free presentations about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a revolutionary new treatment for depression. This non-invasive treatment is being used at top medical centers including Mayo Clinic, UCLA, Cleveland Clinic and UNC. […]

Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation increases scholarship award for Mars Hill College

Press release From Mars Hill College MARS HILL COLLEGE RECEIVES FUNDS FROM THE LETTIE PATE WHITEHEAD FOUNDATION Mars Hill College has received $135,000 from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation of Atlanta, GA to go to scholarships for Christian women residing in southeastern states. This is an increase of $15,000 over last year’s funding. Fifty students […]

WNC Agricultural Options grants boost farm profits

Press release from WNC Agricultural Options Grants boost farm profits, sustain businesses for future generations. Projects include innovative hydroponic fodder system, microprogation lab and no-till equipment. MILLS RIVER, N.C. —Western North Carolina farmers received $148,500 in WNC Agricultural Options grants to diversify their farm businesses in the 2013 growing season. The 28 grant recipients celebrated […]

From N.C. Sen. Jim Davis: Senators file bill to exempt N.C. from Affordable Care Act provisions

Media release From the desk of N.C. Sen. Jim Davis Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina Senate leaders introduced legislation Wednesday to opt out of participation in several costly provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Senators Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson), Harry Brown (R-Onslow) and Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) filed Senate Bill 2 to […]

Action for Children: New data highlights need for expanded Medicaid eligibility

Full announcement from Action for Children: Raleigh, NC) -New data show half of all North Carolina residents (49.9 percent) teeter on the edge of financial disaster with almost no savings to protect their families during a medical emergency or other financial crisis. The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, an annual report from the Corporation for Enterprise […]

Apodaca co-sponsors bill to “opt out” of Medicaid expansion

Full announcement from NC Senate President Pro Tem’s Office: Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina Senate leaders introduced legislation Wednesday to opt out of participation in several costly provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Senators Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson), Harry Brown (R-Onslow) and Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) filed Senate Bill 4 to exempt […]

AC-T: McHenry decries ‘backroom’ immigration deal

Here’s an excerpt from the Asheville Citizen-Times article: ASHEVILLE — The Republican congressman representing most of the city called an immigration reform plan emerging from a handful of U.S. senators “more backroom deal-making.” “What’s needed now is an open and fair legislative process, not more deals cut behind closed doors,” said U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, […]

Elton John AIDS Foundation grants $15,000 to North Carolina AIDS Action Network

Press release From The Elton John AIDS Foundation will grant $50,000 to the North Carolina AIDS Action Network to support advocacy for policies that advance HIV testing, access to care, and reduction of HIV-related health disparities for key populations. “We’re grateful for the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s investment in the fight for the rights of […]

Times-News: N.C. DOT to hold workshop to evaluate public opinion Jan. 30 about widening of I-26

Hendersonville Times-News article By Emily Weaver The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold an informational workshop Thursday to gauge public interest on a proposed project to widen Interstate 26 — a measure blocked by critics in the past. The $263 million project involves a multi-lane widening of 22.2 miles of I-26 from U.S. Highway 25 […]