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WCU names $110M science building for Apodaca

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In exit interview, Apodaca recounts wins, losses

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Bulldog's bulldog honored with service animal law

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Raleigh, the English bulldog who sat loyally at the feet of Tom Apodaca as he rose from backbench obscurity to the second highest ranking post in the North Carolina Senate, is now memorialized in the state’s lawbooks.   Read Story »

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APODACA BOWING OUT

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State Sen. Tom Apodaca, a political novice who rose over the past 14 years from back bench anonymity to become one of the most powerful legislators ever to serve from Hendersonville, announced on Monday that he is not running for re-election next year.   Read Story »

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County could lose Capitol clout

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After years of political famine, Henderson County has feasted for two years on power. The county has an unusual supply of clout, thanks to the seniority and position of Sen. Tom Apodaca and the fast rise of state Rep. Chuck McGrady.   Read Story »

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N.C. budget brings benefits to area

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More doctors-in-training for Western North Carolina, money to solve the “doughnut hole” in DuPont State Forest, preserving historic tax credits, land conservation funding and the possibility of construction money for community colleges are among the positives for Henderson County in the state budget and bond issue as the state legislative session winds down, local lawmakers said.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Apodaca stands for right to know

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State Sen. Tom Apodaca took a meaningful step on behalf of open and transparent government last week when he signed on as a primary sponsor of a bill that preserves the publication of public notices in newspapers.   Read Story »

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Advocates for campaign finance openness honor Apodaca

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The North Carolina Voters for Clean Election Coalition honored state Sen. Tom Apodaca and four state House members with its Friend of Disclosure Award for their efforts to enact a law improving public access to campaign finance reports.   Read Story »

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Apodaca names campaign committee

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State Senator Tom Apodaca is turning to a longtime ally to chair his re-election campaign.   Read Story »

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Apodaca receives top award from WCU

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Tom Apodaca, a Western Carolina University graduate and former trustee who has risen to the top ranks of the state Senate during his six terms, received one of the institution's highest honors on Friday.   Read Story »

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Wood kicking off fall campaign with rally for schools

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Democratic candidate Rick Wood is kicking off his fall general election campaign for the state Senate with a Public Education Rally on Saturday, Sept. 13, in the auditorium of West Henderson High School.   Read Story »

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McGrady: 'We've got to do it right' on coal ash

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady, a lawyer by training, is one of the best explanatory writers in elective office.   Read Story »

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48th SENATE DCT: Apodaca adapts to the heat

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RALEIGH — On an elevator ride after his coal ash bill sailed through a Finance Committee meeting, Tom Apodaca and his fellow passengers give wide berth to a pregnant lobbyist, joking that she may explode in the 100-degree heat that has blanketed Raleigh.   Read Story »

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Coal ash bill puts local delegation in spotlight

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RALEIGH —Arranging a meeting on the high-profile coal ash legislation, state Sen. Tom Apodaca made sure he had his attorney, Julie Bradburn, in the room.   Read Story »

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Cleanup bill tags Asheville coal ash pond 'high risk'

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State Sen. Tom Apodaca, taking the lead on the state's coal ash cleanup law, filed legislation today that outlaws construction of new coal ash impoundments, requires new and stricter monitoring of groundwater around the ponds and requires utilities to file cleanup plans with the state. The bill also puts Duke Energy's Lake Julian coal ash pond high on the cleanup priority list, designating it a "high risk" impoundment.   Read Story »

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Berger hails Apodaca's (potential) coal ash fix

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N.C. Senate Leader Phil Berger put state Sen. Tom Apodaca in the spotlight in the controversial Duke Energy coal ash cleanup, saying the Hendersonville legislator will draft a solution "that protects ratepayers and addresses the environmental problems presented by coal ash ponds."   Read Story »

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Apodaca 'dead serious' about killing coal ash ponds

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State Sen. Tom Apodca has turned into one of the strongest voices in his party calling for immediate action to eliminate the threat of coal ash ponds to North Carolina rivers.   Read Story »

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Insurance fight helps fill Apodaca's campaign fund

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A fight between insurance giants helped fill state Sen. Tom Apodaca's campaign treasury last year.     Read Story »

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Hospitality industry honors Sen. Apodaca

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N.C. Restaurant & Lodging Association, the leading association for North Carolina's $18.8 billion hospitality industry, has named Sen. Tom Apodaca as its Hospitality Champion of the Year.   Read Story »

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After spill, Apodaca seeks report on coal ash ponds

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After a coal ash spill into the Dan River posed a threat to drinking water supplies, state Sen. Tom Apodaca asked a joint environmental committee to look into all coal ash ponds in the state.   Read Story »

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Apodaca will run on record of job gains, local service

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State Sen. Tom Apodaca said he plans to run on his 12-year record in the state Senate when he faces challenger Rick Wood this fall.   Read Story »

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Wood kicks off education-centered campaign

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MILLS RIVER — Backed by a team of advisers with more than 100 years of combined teaching experience, Rick Wood kicked off his campaign for state Senate on Saturday, promising to reverse decisions he said have crippled North Carolina schools.   Read Story »

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Rick Wood kicking off campaign Jan. 11

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Henderson County School Board member Rick Wood will kick off his campaign for state Senate with a pancake brunch on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Mills River United Methodist Church, 137 Old Turnpike Road.   Read Story »

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Apodaca to swear in Miller as new council is seated

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One of the most powerful politicians in North Carolina will be on hand Thursday night to swear in newly elected City Council member Jeff Miller.   Read Story »

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Green energy group honors Apodaca

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The NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) presented North Carolina State Sen. Tom Apodaca with its Legislator of the Year award for advocacy of clean energy policies that have brought benefit to North Carolina's businesses, citizens and economy.   Read Story »

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Apodaca reappointed to legislative research panel

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Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger has reappointed Sen. Tom Apodaca as the Senate chairman of the Legislative Research Commission for the 2013-14 biennium.   Read Story »

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Citing NC's 'race to the bottom,' Wood will challenge Sen. Apodaca

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Henderson County School Board member Rick Wood said today he is running against state Sen. Tom Apodaca in an effort to turn around what he called the Legislature's "race to the bottom" in education funding.   Read Story »

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UNC chancellor getting to know NC mountains

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Carol Folt, the new chancellor of UNC at Chapel Hill, visited UNC Asheville, spoke to UNC alumni at a meet-and-greet event and met with community leaders during a visit to Asheville and Hendersonville Wednesday and Thursday.   Read Story »

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GENERATION NEXT: Professionals

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Will Penny became Burt Reynolds' driver, gofer and script editor when the Hollywood star came to the Flat Rock Playhouse to perform a one-man show in 1991.   Read Story »

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Boys & Girls Club salutes Apodaca

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Longtime friends of Tom Apodaca recalled how he rotated two pairs of corduroys and three dress shirts but kept them pressed so he'd look sharp for his new job at a Hendersonville bank.   Read Story »

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Sen. Apodaca's father, an El Paso businessman, dies at age 73

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The father of state Sen. Tom Apodaca died Sunday morning in El Paso, Texas, where he was a well-known bail bondsman and businessman.   Read Story »

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County GOP celebrates unprecedented gains; elects Riddle chair

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Henderson County Republicans celebrated the party's unprecedented gains of 2012, vowed to build on that success by turning out U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan next year and had fun at the expensed of the vanquished Democrats during their annual convention and Lincoln-Reagan luncheon on Saturday at the Chariot.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | Henderson County Republican Party | U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | NC Rep. Chuck McGrady | NC Rep. Chris Whitmire

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NAACP protests Apodaca's bill on Obamacare

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The Henderson County Chapter of the NAACP rebuked state Sen. Tom Apodaca and other Republican leaders in the Legislature for their effort to block state participation in the Affordable Care Act.   Read Story »

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McGrady to help shape state schools budget

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady has won a key role in state budget making for schools.   Read Story »

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Apodaca to lead Insurance Committee again

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State Sen. Tom Apodaca, the powerful Senate Rules Committee chairman from Hendersonville, has added a second chairmanship to his duties for the 2013-14 legislative term.   Read Story »

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HHS grad elected to chair UNC board

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Peter D. Hans, a graduate of Hendersonville High School, has become the first Republican chairman of the UNC Board of Governors in modern history.   Read Story »

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