Duke's board to hear shareholders' concerns

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Some Duke Energy investors plan to push the utility's board of directors to investigate issues surrounding a massive coal ash spill that dumped toxic sludge into a 70-mile stretch of a North Carolina river.

About 200 protesters gathered in front of the Duke Energy headquarters Thursday morning, many of them carrying signs. One man created a makeshift drum from what appeared to be a mallet and a water cooler bottle.

The Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, told the protesters that the facts need to be brought out in the open. Barber said many of the coal ash pits are located in rural areas around minority communities.

Barber says Duke, rather than the public, should pay for the cleanup.