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4:06 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Former Assistant Buncombe D.A. Called to Testify

A former Assistant District attorney in Buncombe County has apparently refused to answer questions in a law suit that is being heard before a federal judge.  The suit was brought against the county and former Sheriff Bobby Medford.  Medford is serving time in federal prison after being found guilty on several corruption charges unrelated to the law suit.  Asheville Citizen Times reporter  Jon Ostendorff has been following thecase.   He spoke with David Hurand.

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Station News
3:00 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Lex 18 to Host Downton Abbey Supper Club: Benefits WCQS!

Fans of Downton Abbey take note! Lex 18 is hosting an intimate interactive banquet dinner experience followed by the live broadcast of Downton Abbey on Sundays beginning January 4, 2015 thru March 1, 2015.  A portion of each evening's proceeds will benefit WCQS.

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Station News
2:03 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Homeward Bound Challenge A Success: Year-End Giving Off to a Good Start

On December 9th WCQS held a 1 day drive to kick-off our year end giving campaign. In the spirit of the season a matching gift challenge to benefit Homeward Bound was also offered. $10,000 by noon that day meant $10,000 for Homeward Bound, thanks to the generosity of our challenge sponsors, PlumDog Financial and Blue Ridge X-Ray. Listeners met the goal! We and the folks at Homeward Bound thank you!

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Arts and Culture
8:50 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

The 26th Warren Haynes Christmas Jam highlights the entertainment scene.  Vince Gill tops  the list of great musicians that  will take the U.S Cellular Center stage( Saturday 12/13) with Asheville native and guitar wizard Warren Haynes.  Warrens' band, Gov't Mule will also rock the room.

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Station News
12:22 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Greta Johnsen Heading to WBEZ in Chicago

WCQS Morning Edition host Greta Johnsen signs off December 16.

WCQS Morning Edition host and reporter Greta Johnsen has accepted a job hosting weekends at WBEZ in Chicago. Her last day at WCQS will be December 16. Please join WCQS in wishing her well in this tremendous career opportunity.

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Arts and Culture
8:35 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony Kiss drops in for a look at what's happening in Western North Carolina.  High on Tony's list,  the holiday theater scene.  The Santaland Diaries open Thursday December 11th at Asheville Community Theater.  Montford Park Players perform A Christmas Carol December 6th-23rd at Asheville Masonic Temple.  Singer song writer John Gorka performs at Mountain Spirit Coffee House at the Unitarian Universalist Congressional of Asheville.

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Health and Wellness
6:00 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Effort Underway to Open WNC Birth Center

There are fewer than a handful of birth centers in North Carolina but a drive is underway to open another in our region.  Judy  Major is with the Western North Carolina Birth Center.  She spoke with David Hurand…

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Environment
10:28 am
Mon November 24, 2014

WCQS on NPR: National Parks Look To Lock Out Wild Ginseng Diggers

A harvester holds ginseng roots. Wild ginseng roots can bring big profits overseas, especially in Asia, but it is illegal to poach the root from U.S. national parks.
Credit Greta Johnsen / NPR

Digging for wild ginseng pays: It sells for thousands of dollars in overseas markets. But it is illegal to take ginseng from national parks, where authorities are working to thwart poachers.

They come to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Jim Corbin, a plant protection specialist with North Carolina's agriculture department, is out to protect wild ginseng root from the poachers.

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Station News
6:03 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

WCQS Board of Directors Names Barbara Sayer Interim CEO, Begins Executive Search

The Board of Directors of Western North Carolina Public Radio, Inc. / WCQS named WCQS Program Director Barbara Sayer as Interim President and CEO, following the resignation of WCQS President and CEO Jody Evans. Evans’ last day at WCQS is December 5. 

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Station News
9:12 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Do You Know What Your Favorite NPR Hosts Actually Look Like?

Credit Tanner Ringerud / BuzzFeed

  How well do you know your NPR hosts? If you are Fresh Air fanboy or a public radio junkie, test your knowledge with the fun quiz on BuzzFeed: Do You Know What Your Favorite NPR Hosts Actually Look Like?

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