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    Lawmakers hope rules ease concerns about fracking in NC

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    Protesters and environmental groups have taken a stand against fracking, while the General Assembly has worked to get the ball rolling in North Carolina. More>>

    Worker files complaint with Dept. of Labor after being let go Video included

    Michael David said Dayeco Construction owed him a paycheck him for more than six weeks of work. Michael David said Dayeco Construction owed him a paycheck him for more than six weeks of work.
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    A Durham man who says he was let go by his employer after finally getting a paycheck that he waited weeks to get, has filed a complaint with the North Carolina Department of Labor’s Employment Discrimination Bureau. More>>

    Lawmakers announce major reform plan for VA health care Video included

    Lawmakers say a $17 billion plan will help veterans get quicker VA help. Lawmakers say a $17 billion plan will help veterans get quicker VA help.
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    The U.S. House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees announced a plan Monday to reform the Veterans Affairs health care system.   

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    Pretrial programs cut down on overcrowding; but are they worth it? Video included

    Troy Arrington Jr., 27, and Derick Davis II, 23 Troy Arrington Jr., 27, and Derick Davis II, 23
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    The two men of the men accused of beating a UNC professor to death had both been released from jail less than a month before the murder. More>>

    Penn. company illegally trying to purchase mineral rights in NC Video included

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    It has been less than three months since North Carolina lawmakers approved fracking in the state and now one out-of-state company ready to get the ball rolling.


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    Raleigh neighborhood hopes 'nasty water' clears up soon Video included

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    A Raleigh neighborhood plagued with filthy drinking water is hoping to see some relief after a new, larger water tank was installed. More>>

    Durham worker says he was let go after receiving back pay Video included

    Michael David said Dayeco Construction owed him a paycheck for more than six weeks of work. Michael David said Dayeco Construction owed him a paycheck for more than six weeks of work.
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    A Durham man said he was let go by his employer after finally getting a paycheck that he'd waited six weeks to receive. More>>

    Durham construction workers receive paychecks, questions remain Video included

    Dayeco check Dayeco check
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    After more than a month of waiting, some construction workers in Durham have their paychecks, as WNCN uncovers new information about the company's owner. More>>

    Some Durham construction workers say they haven't been paid in weeks Video included

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    Several workers for Dayeco Construction said they have not been paid for as many as six weeks while working on the Southside Revitalization Project in Durham. More>>

    Families take stories of cancer, birth defects to NC lawmakers Video included

    Kim Brewer, who lives near Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station, said her daughter Ava was born with Chiari malformation. Kim Brewer, who lives near Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station, said her daughter Ava was born with Chiari malformation.
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    Families living near Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station say dozens of people in their neighborhood have died from brain tumors. More>>

    Coal ash bill passes Senate, ratepayers may still pay Video included

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    The North Carolina Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would force Duke Energy to close all of its coal ash ponds by 2029. More>>

    Duke Energy demolishing Wilmington coal plant Video included

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    Duke Energy is in the process of decommissioning its Sutton Plant in Wilmington, which retired in November of 2013. More>>

    Utility company begins work on cleaning 'nasty water' Video included

    Toby Hilton pours out the contents of his home's water filter. Toby Hilton pours out the contents of his home's water filter.
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    Plans were approved this week for a utility company to replace a water tank in a Raleigh neighborhood that the company said was too small to begin with.
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    Veteran says Fayetteville VA missed his cancer diagnosis Video included

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    Retired marine Edward Kirby sought help outside the Fayetteville VA after waiting a year for care.
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    Employees accused of inappropriate scheduling at Durham VA

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    An employee with the Durham VA Medical Center charges other employees at the hospital kept veterans from getting help they needed. More>>

    Veteran says VA is waiting for them to die

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    Day in and day out, staff at the Durham VA Medical Center work to give veterans their well-earned care. More>>

    Millions saved in flood insurance could cost NC taxpayers after next storm Video included

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    New maps released by North Carolina have many properties moving out of flood zones and saving homeowners on insurance costs. But the new maps could also plunge a federal program already flooded with debt deeper into the hole.
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    Duke Energy removing ash from the Dan River Video included

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    The coal ash clean-up continued on Monday afternoon as Duke Energy allowed media to watch operations at Abreu-Grogon Park. More>>

    Duke Energy stands by permit in wake of Cape Fear Plant leak Video included

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    Duke Energy hosted an information fair at its Cape Fear Plant in Moncure for citizen to ask questions and talk to employees. More>>

    Aqua NC to construct 300K gallon water tank in Wake Forest

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    Aqua North Carolina announced Friday it planned to construct an elevated 300,000 gallon water tank in Wake Forest.
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    WNCN Investigates: Raleigh neighborhood has a 'nasty water' problem Video included

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    Water in the Jordan Woods neighborhood contains high levels of manganese, which the EPA says can damage the nervous system in adults and cause learning disabilities in children. More>>

    WNCN investigates coal ash in NC Video included

    Duke Energy says it will take at least two years to clean up the entire mess left by a collapsed pipe at its retired Dan River Steam Station, as well as sites near Asheville and Charlotte. More>>

    Farmers worry about using river water after coal ash spill Video included

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    Dozens of farmers and livestock owners living along the Dan River wonder if toxins from coal ash will prevent them from using the river for irrigation. More>>

    DENR: Duke coal ash pond pumping could be illegal Video included

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    Duke Energy is facing new questions and possible legal trouble after photographs showed the utility pumping wastewater into a canal feeding the Cape Fear River. More>>

    Flu hitting young adults in NC hardest this season Video included

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    Of this flu season's 74 deaths, 30 have been people between the ages of 25 to 49. More>>

    NC residents skirting public housing requirements

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    WNCN found people living in public housing who aren't eligible to be there. And some people who are making much more money than you may think. More>>

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    Tax delinquency a billion dollar problem for NC Video included

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    North Carolina is owed about a billion dollars in back taxes, more than $10 million of which is tied to the worst offenders. More>>

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    Getting the best deals in NC hospitals Video included

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    Under a new pricing-transparency law going into effect next year, N.C. hospitals must submit charges for 140 of their most common procedures. More>>

    Durham man becomes someone else after identity stolen Video included

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    The federal government's latest report estimates that about 300,000 people in N.C. become victims of identity theft each year. More>>

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    How safe is NC train travel?

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    For the last two years, North Carolina trains have led the nation in both revenue and ridership growth. More>>

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    Fayetteville builder cited for 12 violations, license suspended

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    The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors issued a 12-month stayed suspension to a new home builder following a WNCN investigation into the home builder. More>>

    Gov. McCrory signs bill protecting consumers from drinking toxic water Video included

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    As a result of WNCN's investigation "Poison in the Water," Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill into law to prevent North Carolinians from drinking toxic chemicals. More>>

    Private well owners educational web site

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    Private well owners must test their own water to ensure its safety. The web site set up by DENR will help guide private well owners through how to check their water for contaminates. More>>

    Wake Forest homes get clean water supply Video included

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    Last September, dozens of homes in Wake Forest found traces of TCE in their wells. Some of those homes are getting hooked up to a clean public supply of water Wednesday. More>>

    WNCN newscast on 'Poison in the Water' wins Murrow Award Video included

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    WNCN's newscast of Oct. 25, 2102, has won a prestigious Murrow Award. More>>

    Wake Forest residents drink contaminated water for years Video included

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    A Wake Forest neighborhood drinks contaminated water for years. More>>

    Changes recommended to fix Wake Co. water problems

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    Wake County's water quality director outlined a number of recommendations Monday. More>>

    • Coal Ash SpillMore>>

    • Environment group says public 'mislead' to think Dan River is clean

      Environment group says public 'mislead' to think Dan River is clean

      Friday, July 18 2014 2:06 PM EDT2014-07-18 18:06:07 GMT
      Waterkeeper Alliance says photos show coal ash is still present in the Dan River. (Waterkeeper Alliance)Waterkeeper Alliance says photos show coal ash is still present in the Dan River. (Waterkeeper Alliance)
      Waterkeeper Alliance provided photos it says show deposits of coal ash still in the Dan River despite claims to the contrary.
      Waterkeeper Alliance provided photos it says show deposits of coal ash still in the Dan River despite claims to the contrary.
    • NC, Va. groups to monitor coal ash in Dan River

      NC, Va. groups to monitor coal ash in Dan River

      Friday, July 18 2014 9:59 AM EDT2014-07-18 13:59:45 GMT
      A collapsed pipe at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station dumped coal ash into the Dan River.A collapsed pipe at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station dumped coal ash into the Dan River.
      Two water protection groups will continue to monitor the Dan River to identify coal ash from a massive spill in North Carolina that flowed into Virginia.
      Two water protection groups will continue to monitor the Dan River to identify coal ash from a massive spill in North Carolina that flowed into Virginia.
    • Feds: Duke Energy has finished moving coal ash from Dan River

      Feds: Duke Energy has finished moving coal ash from Dan River

      Thursday, July 17 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-07-17 19:03:48 GMT
      Duke has dredged up about 2,500 tons of ash and contaminated sediment, as well as another 500 tons that had accumulated in settling tanks at downstream municipal water treatment plants.
      Duke has dredged up about 2,500 tons of ash and contaminated sediment, as well as another 500 tons that had accumulated in settling tanks at downstream municipal water treatment plants.
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    • DENR released more than 13,000 pages of public records after the massive coal ash spill on Feb. 2, 2014, on the Dan River.

      Below, you can browse and search those documents. If you find anything that you believe deserves to be looked in to further, you can contact the WNCN Investigates team at wncninvestigates@wncn.com.

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