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Lunch links: coal ash, Duke lacrosse and Stephen Colbert

Hope everyone’s enjoying their lunch on this chilly March day. Does anyone know when the sun is supposed to come back?

First up, here’s the latest in the ongoing fallout over the Feb. 2 coal ash spill in North Carolina’s Dan River.

The N.C. Department of Natural Resources has hired a Charlotte attorney who previously represented Duke Energy, as a federal grand jury investigates whether state agency leaders had too cozy a relationship with the energy company. The Greensboro News & Record reported over the weekend on the worries farmers along the polluted river are facing, as they try to find out more about the dangers of the toxic-laden water.

Former Duke lacrosse player Ryan McFadyen, who was never charged in the infamous case that eventually resulted in the exoneration of three players and the downfall of Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong , is featured in this Vanity Fair article about the scandal’s lasting effects.

Consider this an invitation to join us tomorrow for lunch, with a few spots left for Policy Watch’s luncheon tomorrow with Dean Baker, one of the nation’s most prominent economists. Click here to register.

Finally, North Carolina’s Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Wilson Democrat, sat down with Stephen Colbert for the fake conservative pundit’s ongoing “Better Know a District” spoof.

Colbert noted North Carolina as home to bracket-busting Duke University and held up a plate of vinegar-soaked cardboard for North Carolina barbecue. Meanwhile, Butterfield tried (unsuccessfully) to convince Colbert that the minority groups at risk in America don’t include the one percent.

Click here to watch.

 

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