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Breaking the Code: Gender Stereotypes Hinder Women in Tech Fieldsnew

In 2011, women held 57 percent of all professional positions in the country but only 25 percent of technology jobs, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics. Does the Asheville, N.C. area buck the trend, and why should it matter?
Mountain Xpress  |  Caitlin Byrd  |  11-07-2013  |  Tech

Collateral Damage: Veterans Wrestle with the Aftermath of Warnew

Despite having no military base nearby, nearly 20,000 veterans call Buncombe County home — giving it the sixth-largest veteran population in North Carolina.
Mountain Xpress  |  Caitlin Byrd  |  08-21-2013  |  War

Is There a Doctor in the Hills?new

The challenging road to health care in rural Western North Carolina extends beyond the curves of country back roads. Whether it's dealing with the current physician shortage or wrestling with social and economic barriers, local providers and patients share their challenges and plans to address rural health-care needs.
Mountain Xpress  |  Caitlin Byrd  |  05-02-2013  |  Health

Truth Citizens: Media Literacy in the Digital Agenew

How do you teach someone what is a trusted news source, and on whose shoulders does that responsibility rest?
Mountain Xpress  |  Caitlin Byrd  |  03-20-2013  |  Media

Obama Emphasizes Manufacturing, Middle-Class in Asheville,

Less than 24 hours after he delivered the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama delivered a speech to Linamar Corp. in Asheville, N.C., where he emphasized the importance of manufacturing jobs in relation to building a stronger middle-class.
Mountain Xpress  |  Caitlin Byrd  |  02-14-2013  |  Economy

Vital signs: Taking Buncombe County’s pulsenew

In less than 10 minutes, a doctor or nurse can get a read on a patient’s overall health and well-being just by checking a few key indicators: pulse, blood pressure, temperature and respiration rate. But how do you assess an entire community’s vital signs? And if you don’t, how will you know what the biggest problems are and how best to allocate scarce resources? This story provides a checkup on Buncombe County and how health is a community issue.
Mountain Xpress  |  Caitlin Byrd  |  01-30-2013  |  Health

Historic Asheville churches confront religion's changing rolenew

At a time when growing numbers of Americans have abandoned traditional religion, Asheville residents still fill the pews in Church Street's three historic sanctuaries every Sunday.
Mountain Xpress  |  Caitlin Byrd  |  12-26-2012  |  Religion

Hospitals Facing Financial Pressures to Mergenew

How the story of hospital mergers, affiliations and consolidations has become a common tale across the state and the country.
Mountain Xpress  |  Caitlin Byrd  |  10-18-2012  |  Health

Not my problem: Local agencies powerless to address sewage leaksnew

Three agencies deal with local sewage issues in Asheville, N.C.: MSD, the Asheville office of the state's Division of Water Quality and the Buncombe County Health Department. And not one of them is necessarily empowered to either repair the kind of problem Vickie Bradley encountered or force a solution.
Mountain Xpress  |  Caitlin Byrd  |  08-30-2012  |  Environment

Truth Trackers: Asheville's Cold-Case Sleuths Defy the Oddsnew

Less than 1 percent of cold cases ever get solved. That doesn't stop Asheville detectives Yvonne Cobourn and Kevin Taylor.
Mountain Xpress  |  Caitlin Byrd  |  07-17-2012  |  Crime & Justice

Young Stroke Victim Fights Her Way Backnew

While Sarah Kucharski focused on a looming deadline as special projects editor for Waynesville’s Smoky Mountain News, a blood clot in her brain stem was about to change her life forever.
Mountain Xpress  |  Caitlin Byrd  |  05-24-2012  |  Health

A Look at the N.C. Primary Through Storifynew

The emotional tweets, election projections, neat Instagram photos, and more, including comments on the Amendment 1 vote.
Mountain Xpress  |  Caitlin Byrd  |  05-09-2012  |  Elections

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