AG files appeal in company's water-rate increase

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Attorney General Roy Cooper filed to appeal a controversial decision that lets Aqua North Carolina raise rates without public hearings.
 
In May the State Utilities Commission approved the company's 5.2 percent rate increase and gave it permission to do it again without public input.
 
Customers in four local counties have complained their tap water is brown and dirty.
 
The attorney general plans to file a full appeal to the state Supreme Court in the next few months.