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Duke Energy has stated that it will pay for the coal ash spill into the Dan River at its site in Eden. However, its president and CEO have indicated that they expect consumers to pay for the cleanup of the other coal ash sites around the state which means that electric rates will rise. The price tag for this is between $2 and $10 billion. A concern is that many regulators who have the responsibility of answering that question of who pays have ties to the utility industry.
In NC teenagers who commit murder receive a mandatory life sentence. However, in 2012 the US Supreme Court ruled in Miller v. Alabama that juveniles may no longer receive automatic life sentences. "Instead they must receive individualized sentencing hearings. The ruling did not abolish life without parole; it abolished mandatory life without parole." The NC Supreme Court will hear cases in the coming weeks "to determine whether trial judges must retroactively consider the sentences of juvenile offenders." Tucker discusses how the Court's ruling may affect past offenders.