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Coal ash is the waste that remains when coal is burned. It is usually collected in a dump, known as a pond. North Carolina has more than 30 such sites in 14 different locations across the state. A pipe running under one of the ponds run by Duke Energy in Eden NC ruptured in February of 2014. The coal ash spilled, largely affecting the Dan River which flows into Virginia. The spill is the third largest of its kind in U.S. history.Many see potential complications because North Carolina's governor, Pat McCrory, worked for Duke Energy for 28 years.

The Talk On Jones Street

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State legislators have made headlines this week.

The House offered support for Governor McCrory’s economic incentives package while Senate leadership proposed their own plan. 

Legislators also offered measures to eliminate religious exemptions for student vaccinations and proposed legislation that would hinder citizens' abilities to fight large developments across the state. And a three-judge panel unanimously sided with Governor McCrory and two former governors in a lawsuit against the legislature on the appointments of three environmental commissions.

Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC Capitol Reporter Jorge Valencia about the latest.  

For more information about the topics discussed in today's segment follow the links below:

Three-Judge Panel Sides With Gov. McCrory In Dispute Over Coal Ash Commission (WUNC)

NC Senate and McCrory at Odds On Incentives & Corporate Taxes (N&O)

Lawmakers Push To Eliminate Tool Used To Fight New Developments (WRAL)

Bill That Could End Religious Exemptions On Vaccination (Asheville Citizen Times) 

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