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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.

Legislative Update: HB2, Coal Ash, Light Rail

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In Raleigh, the state legislature is considering bills on coal ash, light rail and sanctuary cities during a session that was initially intended solely for the state budget.

Lawmakers convened in Raleigh nearly a month ago for a short session to address the state's budget. But legislators have proposed measures on other items including bills on coal ash, light rail and sanctuary cities.

Also this week, Senator Fletcher Hartsell, a Republican from Concord, was indicted on charges of illegal campaign expenditures. The long-serving member in the Senate says he will not resign.

And Governor Pat McCrory invites democrats to discuss possible changes to House Bill 2.

Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC capitol bureau chief Jeff Tiberii about the latest.

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