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12:03 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

NC Public Universities Headed for Higher Tuition Next Year

Students at North Carolina's public universities will pay higher tuition and fees in the next couple of years after a one-year tuition freeze this year.

The governing board of the 16-campus University of North Carolina system on Friday approved requests by schools to raise the core cost of attendance.

North Carolina State University undergraduate students would see tuition rise next fall by $182 to $6,220, followed by another $187 increase the following year. UNC-Chapel Hill could charge an extra $225 in undergraduate tuition next fall to almost $6,650.

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Politics
11:46 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Chaotic Scene as UNC Board Votes Unanimously To Close Centers Over Student Protests

Student protesters inside the Spangler Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus during a Board of Governors work group meeting reviewing centers and institutes across the UNC system.
Jeff Tiberii/WUNC

The UNC Board of Governors has voted unanimously to close 3 academic centers, including one headed by a staunch GOP critic.  The vote came as protesters disrupted the meeting multiple times.  The Board moved the meeting to a smaller room after chanting forced a recess.  They then barred the protesters from entering, where, according to tweets from reporters on the scene, protesters banged on the doors demanding to be let back in.  They also reportedly began reading from North Carolina's open meetings laws.

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Arts and Culture
9:50 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

Thank goodness, the weekend  has arrived.  Tony is looking forward to the return of Webb Wilder "the last of the full grown men" to the area. Wilder hits the stage at Isis tonight (2/27).  Also tonight, Solas performs Shamrock City at Diana Wortham Theater.  There are plenty of Oscar nominated and Oscar winners on the big screen at area movie theaters, American Sniper, Birdman, The Imitation Game, Selma, Still Alice, and the Theory of Eveything.   A couple  of new arrivals of note, Focus with Will Smith and Mr. Turner.  Kick the winter blues and celebrate the weekend.

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Politics
7:46 am
Fri February 27, 2015

UNC Board May Disband Poverty Center Led By Sharp GOP Critic

Gene Nichol
Credit UNC Law School via WUNC

North Carolina's public university board is thinking about eliminating an anti-poverty center headed up by an outspoken critic of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican lawmakers he accuses of doing too little to help the poor.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Senator Tom Tillis Votes No on A.G. Nominee

Senator Tom Tillis
Credit thomtillis.com

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has sent Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch to the full Senate, but without the support of Freshman North Carolina Senator Tom Tillis.  Twelve committee members voted to support President Obama's  choice to replace Attorney General  Eric Holder, including three Republicans.  But after praising the nominee,  Tillis  voted no.  Lynch was born in Greensboro, went to high school in Durham, and if confirmed would be the first African-American woman to serve as Attorney General.

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Environment
3:26 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

EPA to Probe Whether NC Environment Agency Failed Minorities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will investigate whether lenient regulation by North Carolina's environmental agency of industrial hog operations harmed minority neighbors.

The Waterkeeper Alliance and other groups released a letter Wednesday stating the EPA will launch a civil rights investigation of North Carolina's Department of Environment and Natural Resources. DENR spokesman Drew Elliot says the state agency will provide any information EPA needs to investigate the complaint.

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Station News
9:22 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Back from Paris

WCQS's Michelle Keenan holding up issues of "Charlie Hebdo" she picked up in Paris
Jeremy Loeb

WCQS's Michelle Keenan picked up a couple of issues of Charlie Hebdo during her trip to Paris.  The satirical magazine was the target of a terrorist attack in Paris, France on January 7, 2015.  Two radicals with assault rifles stormed the magazine headquarters and killed 11 staff members and injured 11 others in apparent retaliation for the magazine's depiction of Muhammed, which is forbidden in some interpretations of Islam.  That spawned a rallying cry of "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie") across the globe. 

Minorities
6:00 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

State Senate Passes Bill to Allow Magistrates to Refuse to Perform Gay Marriages

The North Carolina Senate has approved a bill that would allow magistrates and register of deeds staffers to recuse themselves from performing weddings if they oppose same-sex marriages. Thirty-two State Senators  voted in favor of the bill, 16 opposed.  Advocates for gay marriage called the bill discriminatory and charged the bill treats gay and lesbian couples as second class citizens.  Aaron Sarver is with The Campaign for Southern Equality.  He spoke with David  Hurand…..

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Environment
3:51 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Approaching Snow Follows Classic Path

The National Weather Service  has issued a Winter Storm Warning effective until 7:00 am Thursday morning.  WCQS weather expert Ed Brotak spoke with David Hurand about the latest round of winter weather and the real possibility of a few inches of snow in the mountains and beyond.

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Business
9:05 am
Wed February 25, 2015

German Company Putting Nearly 140 Jobs in Henderson County

Raumedic plant in Helmbrechts, Germany
raumedic.com

A German company that makes medical equipment is building a plant in Henderson County that will employ nearly 140 people.

Raumedic Inc. announced Tuesday it will spend more than $26 million and create about 138 jobs in Mills River over the next five years.

The company makes tubing, molded parts, catheters and modules for the medical and pharmaceutical industries.

A statement from Gov. Pat McCrory's office said the average annual salary for the operation in Henderson County will be more than $55,000.

The county's average wage is about $34,000.

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