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N.C. Treasurer Cowell discusses Asheville, state economy

The freezing temperatures didn’t stop North Carolina Treasurer Janet Cowell from laying out her take on the state of the economy, or prevent a crowd, including many local notables, from showing up to hear, and ask questions. She praised Asheville’s strong economy and “human capital” but noted challenges with infrastructure and state revenue. Photo by Alicia Funderburk

Laid off or fired up?

On June 1, the Buncombe County Schools sent out about 80 letters informing nontenured teachers that their contracts will not be renewed. The move came in anticipation of a state education budget currently working its way through the N.C. House that would increase classroom size by two students due to an 11 percent budget reduction. […]