U.S. court rejects state's claim to N.C. riverbed

Raleigh, N.C. • A federal appeals court has rejected North Carolina’s claim that it owns the bottom of a major river where hydroelectric dams have been churning for a century. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals split 2-1 on Monday in dismissing the state’s claim that it has a say in the operations and ownership of four Yadkin River dams built to power a now-defunct Alcoa aluminum smelter. State attorneys are reviewing the court’s decision and will decide later whether to appeal the case to th...

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