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Per-capita landfill load drops but some not satisfied (access required)

When populations surge, logic dictates that a community’s garbage will increase and, therefore, the amount ending up in landfills will also rise. In Mecklenburg County, where the population has grown 31.4 percent from 2000 to 2009, Bruce Gledhill, solid-waste-management director ...

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Hurdles remain to plug county’s affordable-housing gap (access required)

According to the Out of Reach 2010 report from Washington, D.C.-based National Low Income Housing Coalition, more than 40 percent of renters in Charlotte cannot afford the fair-market rate for a two-bedroom rental unit. The report says a Charlotte renter ...

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Duke gets approval for biomass facilities

The North Carolina Utilities Commission said today that it has approved Duke Energy Corp.’s Carolina’s Buck Steam Station in Salisbury, N.C., and Lee Steam Station in Williamson, S.C., as renewable-energy facilities, clearing the path for the company to use a ...

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Recycling high hit after Panthers game

Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful recycled 48 percent of the garbage generated by tailgating fans during the Carolina Panthers game Sunday against the Chicago Bears. The recycling figure was released today during a Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful board meeting. With the help of fans, Keep ...

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Mortgage rates drop to record lows

Average mortgage rates dropped this week to lowest levels on record, according to Charlotte-based LendingTree. As of Tuesday, average home loan rates offered by LendingTree network lenders dropped week over week to 4.35 percent for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, 3.81 percent ...

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More Meck foreclosures expected (access required)

So far this year, Mecklenburg County residential foreclosure filings are down by 525 from the same period last year. In the first eight months of 2009 there were 8,285 filings in the county, down 7 percent from 7,760 filings this ...

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Spat over proposed incinerator heats up (access required)

This isn’t your grandma’s waste incinerator. In a nutshell, that’s the counterattack now being made by proponents of a project to redevelop a 667-acre former Superfund site on the border of Mecklenburg and Gaston counties and operate a waste-to-energy gasification ...

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