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Short, not dull: What you can expect in the NCGA’s short session

RALEIGH – The 2014 short session of the North Carolina General Assembly starts Wednesday with the prospect that this year it may indeed be a short one.

With the cost of campaigns rising and legislators under a ban on raising money during session, there’s all the more reason for lawmakers get out of town as quickly as possible. Toss into that mix a couple of wild cards: the speaker of the House is the GOP candidate in a tight U.S. Senate race and the head of the state Senate has a son in a congressional race.

So, short? Yes. But dull? No.

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Despite technology, much of coal ash will remain in Dan River

DANVILLE, Va. — Duke Energy unveiled the Total Clean Station and other impressive technology Monday at the start of a six-week effort to recover the largest of three, known deposits from North Carolina’s Feb. 2 coal ash spill.

But the prospects look grim for recapturing huge amounts of the remaining ash that escaped through a ruptured drainage pipe at the Dan River Steam Station on the outskirts of Eden three months ago.

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Teacher flight rising in CMS; pay seen as possible factor

Almost one in 10 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers have left their jobs this school year, a rising number that district officials say appears to be partly driven by frustration with low pay.

As of April 9, 858 CMS teachers had resigned, retired or otherwise left the district. That’s 9.6 percent of 8,907 teachers, the highest number and percentage in the past five years.

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