Politics http://wcqs.org en APD Evidence Room Audit http://wcqs.org/post/apd-evidence-room-audit <p>The long-awaited audit of the Asheville Police Department Evidence Room has been released by Buncombe County District Attorney Ron Moore. The City of Asheville paid $175,000 for&nbsp; the audit following reports of missing drugs, guns, and money. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:09:27 +0000 David Hurand 19647 at http://wcqs.org WNC Attorney Defends Gitmo Detainees http://wcqs.org/post/wnc-attorney-defends-gitmo-detainees <p>In&nbsp; a recent Op-Ed published in Time Magazine civil rights attorney Frank Goldsmith explained why he volunteered to defend Guantanamo Bay detainees.&nbsp; Goldsmith, who is a U.S. Army veteran,&nbsp; writes "even the most despised person, perhaps especially the most despised, has that right to a vigorous defense.&nbsp; He spoke with David Hurand.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:10:00 +0000 David Hurand 19564 at http://wcqs.org Asheville Water Dispute Could Last Years http://wcqs.org/post/asheville-water-dispute-could-last-years <p>It could be many months before the court battle&nbsp; over who controls the Asheville Water System is over.&nbsp; &nbsp; That's according to Asheville City Attorney Robbin Currin.&nbsp; Monday, Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning struck down a 2013 law passed by the North Carolina General Assembly that transferred control of the water system to a regional authority and the Metropolitan Sewerage District.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:46:15 +0000 David Hurand 19311 at http://wcqs.org Asheville Fiscal Year Budget On The Table http://wcqs.org/post/asheville-fiscal-year-budget-table <p>Asheville City Council is closing in on adoption of the&nbsp; proposed 2014-2015 fiscal&nbsp; year budget.&nbsp; The 147.5 million dollar spending plan includes a 3% pay raise for many city workers, funds for Sunday bus service, a bump in some fees, but no increase in city property taxes.&nbsp; While the focus is on this years' spending plan, a recent decision by the North Carolina General Assembly has city officials&nbsp; casting a weary eye on crafting the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget.&nbsp; David Hurand has our story.</p><p></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:19:26 +0000 David Hurand 19173 at http://wcqs.org D-Day Remembered http://wcqs.org/post/d-day-remembered <p></p><p>Seventy years ago, June 6<sup>th</sup> 1944, the Allied invasion of Normandy began. The effort to liberate Europe was scheduled to take place June 5<sup>th</sup>, but bad weather forced the Allies to postpone the invasion.&nbsp; A team of meteorologist worked on the forecast for D-Day, but General Dwight D. Eisenhower leaned heavily on the Scotsman who lead the team, James Martin Stagg.&nbsp;</p><p>John Ross is the author of THE FORECAST FOR D-DAY AND THE WEATHERMAN BEHIND IKE’S GREATEST GAMBLE.&nbsp; &nbsp;He spoke with David Hurand.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 03:59:00 +0000 David Hurand 19017 at http://wcqs.org D-Day Remembered Representative Tim Moffitt's Publishing Company http://wcqs.org/post/representative-tim-moffitts-publishing-company <p>Campaign finance reports indicate representative Tim Moffitt of Buncombe County is his own best client when it comes to paying for services provided by his publishing company, InTouchNC.&nbsp; Moffitt, who is seeking another term in the State House, is being challenged by Democrat Brian Turner. &nbsp;Reporter Jon Elliston recently interviewed Rep. Moffitt for the <a href="http://www.carolinapublicpress.org/19299/moffitts-media-an-in-depth-look-at-the-state-legislators-political-media-company">Carolina Public Press.</a> He spoke with David Hurand about the Representative's media company.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:26:02 +0000 David Hurand 18927 at http://wcqs.org Where is the Asheville Evidence Room Audit? http://wcqs.org/post/where-asheville-evidence-room-audit <p><strong>Attorney Todd Williams’ resounding victory in the Democratic Party primary </strong>will end Ron Moore’s run of nearly 24 years as Buncombe County’s District Attorney.&nbsp; At this point, Williams name is the only name that will appear on the November ballot.&nbsp; David Hurand spoke with Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston about what Moore’s defeat means for the yet to be released audit of the Asheville Police Department Evidence room.</p><p></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 14:13:19 +0000 David Hurand 18215 at http://wcqs.org Short Session NC General Assembly Set to Begin http://wcqs.org/post/short-session-nc-general-assembly-set-begin <p>The Short Session of the North Carolina General Assembly gets underway Wednesday in Raleigh.&nbsp; The session is used to tweek the state budget.&nbsp; Carolina Public Press Capital Bureau reporter Kirk Ross told David Hurand the short session may live up to its name.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 20:44:48 +0000 David Hurand 17974 at http://wcqs.org A look at the May 6 primary http://wcqs.org/post/look-may-6-primary <p>There are 17 people running for office in tomorrow's primary for Buncombe County. But since this is a midterm election, Asheville Citizen Times reporter Jon Ostendorff says turnout at the polls tomorrow is likely to be low.</p><p></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 10:55:36 +0000 Greta Johnsen 17598 at http://wcqs.org Register to Vote http://wcqs.org/post/register-vote <p></p><p>The deadline to register to vote is twenty-five days&nbsp; before&nbsp; a scheduled election.&nbsp; Therefore, the deadline to be eligible&nbsp; to vote in the May 6th primary is Friday April 11th.&nbsp;&nbsp; Buncombe County Election Services Director Trina Parker spoke explained the nuts and bolts&nbsp; of registering to vote to David Hurand.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:12:33 +0000 David Hurand 16507 at http://wcqs.org