As the 2011-2012 biennium of the North Carolina General Assembly convenes in Raleigh on Jan. 26, Xpress is unveiling a new online feature designed to help Western North Carolina residents stay in touch with their representatives. This feature — NC Matters: The State Beat — offers a convenient way to contact members of the WNC delegation and to track legislative action. Additionally, it will include a weekly review of bills that are particularly important to WNC residents, along with other pertinent state news. With the state facing a $3.7 billion budget deficit, legislators’ choices could have a direct impact on a number of programs in Asheville, Buncombe County and the surrounding region. So stay tuned at www.mountainx.com/special/ncmatters. You can also follow statewide news on Twitter by searching for the hashtag #ncgov.
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