North Carolina Senate

A picture of a coal ash pond.
Waterkeeper Alliance

  

The state Senate is pushing a proposal that would close all of Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds in North Carolina. 

The plan lays out a timeline for Duke Energy to close the ponds, adds more oversight positions, and puts some restrictions on rate increases. 

It is part of an ongoing discussion about new regulations for utilities that use the ponds since 39,000 tons of ash spilled into the Dan River earlier this year.

Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC capital reporter Jorge Valencia about the latest coal ash legislation.

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The North Carolina Democratic Party recently appointed Casey Mann as its new executive director. She inherits some financial difficulties stemming from the cessation of tax checkoffs for political parties while the party struggles with internal divisions. She also talks about how the Citizens United case has introduced nationally-funded messages in state races.

Sen. Martin Nesbitt
NCGA

Democratic state Senator Martin Nesbitt's memorial service will take place Tuesday.

Senator Nesbitt died last week of stomach cancer. He stepped down from his post as Minority Leader of the Senate just two days before he died at his home. An ambulance drove him there from UNC hospital. Until Nesbitt's death, the public did not know just how sick he was.