Up Against 100: The higher the index, the higher the cost of living. In green, each city’s actual average wage varies, but when adjusted by the cities’ cost of living, it begins to show just how far those dollars actually go. In Asheville and Charleston, the numbers on residents’ paychecks don’t go as far as they would in Savannah, Knoxville or Durham. Graph by Lance Wille

Asheville’s cost of living undermines workers’ pay

An article published last month in Governing magazine examined 191 cities around the country, comparing average hourly wages with each city’s cost of living. The analysis included big cities like New York, Miami and Los Angeles, as well as smaller cities like Asheville. Xpress sifted through the numbers to find out how Asheville compares with the rest of the country.

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Update: Petition against Bell’s Brewery collects 1,200 signatures in 15 hours

Innovation Brewing in Sylva reveals its legal fight over conflicting language with a much bigger company — Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The small Sylva brewer received nationwide support following the dispute, sparking both a petition and a GoFundMe page for the microbrewery’s legal fees. The petition has already reached 3,500 signatures.