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11:11 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

The Memorial Day Holiday Weekend has arrived and with it a number of holiday festivals are underway across Western North Carolina.  The Mountain Sports Festival takes place at Carrier Park Friday through Memorial Day.  The White Squirrel Festival is underway in downtown Brevard and the Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival honors Sandburg Memorial Day from 11-4 at Connemara in Hendersonville.  The great Doctor John and the Nite Trippers take the state tonight (Friday 5/23) at the New Mountain Amphitheater in downtown Asheville.

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Environment
12:03 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Democrats Pan Controversial Vote on Renewable Energy

Sen. Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe)
Katie Bailey/Asheville Citizen-Times

In interviews with WCQS, 3 Democrats expressed dismay at how a bill dealing with renewable energy was pushed through committee.  You can find those interviews below.

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9:48 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Star News: Wilmington Indie Film Community Considers Options as Industry Bows Out

Some in Wilmington's independent film community are predicting dire consequences for their art form in the wake of the well-publicized downturn in film production tied to the reduction in tax incentives provided by the state of North Carolina.
The festival/gathering, which since 2012 has been holding semi-regular screenings of work by local and regional independent filmmakers at downtown Wilmington's Calico Room, recently sent out a call for entries to "Dirt Poor Apocalypse," the festival's final chapter. As one comment on Dirt Poor's Facebook page put it, "This is how the world ends.
7:13 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Renewable Energy Bill Advances on Disputed Vote

A controversial bill to freeze the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard is on a fast track to the Senate floor despite an unclear vote from the Senate Finance Committee.
A controversial bill to freeze the state's renewable energy portfolio standard is on a fast track to the Senate floor despite an unclear vote from the Senate Finance committee. Committee chairman Sen.
Environment
9:24 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Senate Panel Also On Board With Capping NC Energy Mandates

ncsolarnow.com

There's a contingent in the North Carolina Senate that wants to join House lawmakers and stop expanding requirements for electric companies to generate more power through alternative sources and energy efficiencies.

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News
6:17 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Prison Reform Advocate Speaks

uncw.edu

Best selling author and prison reform activist Piper Kerman was the keynote speaker for The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina's Power of the Purse luncheon on Tuesday.  Her memoir, Orange is the New Black,  chronicles Kerman's year in a minimum security women's prison, and is the basis for the popular Netflix series.

Kerman was a Smith College graduate in the early 90s, when she smuggled drug money over seas.  The experience scared her and she moved back to the States and started a new life.  But years later, her past would come to haunt her.

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Environment
5:54 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Duke Energy To Retire Coal Fired Asheville Plant

A Duke Energy power plant and coal ash ponds outside Asheville
Zen Sutherland via wunc.org

Duke Energy has announced plans  to retire its Asheville coal -fired electric generating plant.  A new natural gas fired plant will be built on the site.  Duke hopes to have the new facility on line by late 2019.    The announcement was made in the Administration Building at the facility off Long Shoals Road.  Duke executives including former U.S.

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Station News
11:55 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Monumental Disagreements: A Memorial Day special from BackStory

Proposed Mothers' Memorial by John Geddes, 1922-30
Credit image by: (Library of Congress).

What does the notion of national remembrance really mean? This is a country awash in monuments. They adorn traffic circles, street corners and, of course, the National Mall. We’ve memorialized everything from famous soldiers and statesmen, to big ideas or major events – and a lot in between. Yet our ambivalence towards these monuments is as old as our enthusiasm for them. Case in point: The Washington Monument. Ever wonder why there isn’t actually an image of Washington on it?

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Arts and Culture
4:56 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Another Low Power Radio Station On The Air

There are now three low power radio stations in Buncombe County, all licensed by the Federal Communications Commission.  WSFM, also known as Asheville FM, had been heard only over the internet but Monday (5/18) morning it joined WRES and WPVM broadcasting over the the air-waves.  The station transmitter tower sits atop the Hotel Indigo in downtown Asheville. David Hurand spoke with station board Vice President Greg Lyon.

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Station News
4:52 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Lunch with Steve Inskeep: Meet the Morning Edition co-host, reporter and author of "Jacksonland"

WCQS will host a luncheon with Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep June 1.
Credit Linda Fittante

You wake up to the voice of Morning Edition co-host  Steve Inskeep every day. Now you can have lunch with him too! Inskeep will be in Western North Carolina to promote his new book Jacksonland and has graciously agreed to spend some time with WCQS.

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