US Drought Monitor

The Impact of Drought on Western North Carolina

It’s summertime in the mountains, and along with high temperatures, the season has also brought drought conditions to the region. Believe it or not, Western North Carolina is experiencing a drought at the moment, despite the heavy rains and powerful storms that have passed through in recent weeks—its impact is being felt throughout many mountain communities. On July 21, the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council released its weekly update on current drought conditions for the...
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The State of Things

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump laid out his plan to fix the country’s VA health care system. He was speaking Tuesday at the VFW convention in uptown Charlotte. Besides the plan, Trump also attacked Democratic rival Hilary Clinton, and some in the crowd joined in.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke at the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Charlotte Tuesday, a day after his rival Hillary Clinton tried to woo voters in the same crowd.

On Monday night, the Democratic National Convention featured speeches from a string of labor leaders. They spoke for different constituencies — teachers, public sector workers, builders — but together they delivered their unifying message: Clinton, not Trump, is the best candidate for American workers.

"He thinks he's a tough guy. Well, Donald, I worked in the mines with tough guys," said Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. "I know tough guys. They're friends of mine. And Donald, you're no tough guy; you're a phony."

Even before the primetime portion of the Democratic National Convention began, news was made on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. If you're just catching up, here's what's happened so far:

The Democratic National Convention made history Tuesday evening: Amid applause, shouts, cheers and in some cases tears, the delegates on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia nominated Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.

Clinton is now the first female presidential candidate of a major American party.

The headliner of Night 2 of the Democratic National Convention is former President Bill Clinton. Organizers say the focus of the night is Hillary Clinton's "Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families."

Former President Jimmy Carter will speak via video. Members of the "Mothers of the Movement" group will also address the audience — their children, including Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown, all died in high-profile incidents, many involving police.

Bernie Sanders addressed the Democratic National Convention Monday night, after a day of disunity in the Philadelphia arena. Read his speech here:


Good evening. Thank you. Thank you very much. It is an honor...thank you. Thank you very much. It is an honor to be here tonight. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you.

The Panopticon, the 2013 debut by Scottish author Jenni Fagan, dealt with the tribulations of adolescence against a highly charged backdrop, a home for juvenile offenders that turns out to be more insidious than it seems. Adolescence also plays into Fagan's follow-up, The Sunlight Pilgrims, but that's only part of the picture.

The auto industry is watching to see whether Tesla, which has its roots in the tech world of Silicon Valley, can pull off its goal of mass producing cars.

The goal hit a road bump in May when Tesla had its first fatality in a vehicle using Autopilot, a feature it offers that allows the car to do a lot of the driving.

It's supposed to be an assist. Before you engage it, it warns you not to take your hands off the wheel.

This is a year of politics. That means everyone has opinions about where the world should be headed and how we should get there.

No matter how weird this political season has been, however, there remains a key difference between opinions and facts. That difference comes into the starkest relief when people must face their own inconsistencies in reconciling the two domains.

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Arts, Culture & Performance

countrylivingfamily.com

In her commentary this week, Alison Arnold talks about some more ways to deal with drought conditions.

Mo Wants to Know

Jul 14, 2016
Helen Chickering

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is in Asheville as part of a statewide listening tour.  The Winston-Salem based foundation has invested in statewide, regional and community-based organizations since 1936.  The foundation's new Executive Director, Maurice "Mo" Green sat down for a conversation with WCQS's Helen Chickering.   

crownovergreen.com

In her commentary this week, WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold tells us what the impact of drought is on gardens and plant life.    

Open Air Brevard 2016

Jul 12, 2016

  It's an all-Russian program on the next Open Air Brevard, with Stravinsky's ground-breaking score for The Rite of Spring paired with Tchaikovsky's beloved Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring soloist Joyce Yang.

Listen Wednesday morning at 10 for Open Air Brevard, music recorded in concert at the Brevard Music Center.