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Former U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes is back as chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party after GOP activists removed Hasan Harnett from the post for misconduct.  A majority of voting members of the party's Executive Committee Saturday in Raleigh elected Hayes over two other candidates to serve out Harnett's term through the middle of next year.  Hayes served as chairman from mid-2011 to mid-2013, a period of great success for the party as it expanded its advantages in the legislature and Pat McCrory became the first GOP governor in 20 years.

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Sarah Shook is an emerging country artist out of central North Carolina.  She’s playing Friday 4/29 in Asheville at the Grey Eagle.  She’s also one of many artists taking part in a concert in mid-May against North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2.   Ahead of her Asheville visit she spoke with Jeremy Loeb.   

In this week's gardening segment, WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold has some helpful tips for gardening beginners.

Alison Arnold is agriculture extension agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

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The effects of North Carolina’s House Bill 2 are continuing to be felt in the tourism industry here in Asheville.  News broke yesterday that the WK Kellogg Foundation was cancelling its conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn, costing the city 500 visitors and $1.5 million dollars in liquid revenue, according the foundation.  For more, WCQS’s Davin Eldridge spoke with Stephanie Brown, Executive Director of the Asheville Convention Visitors’  Bureau.  

Corporal Punishment, a Dying Practice in NC Schools

Apr 26, 2016

The use of corporal punishment as discipline in North Carolina schools is now practiced in just three counties.  Child advocacy groups are urging them to end it, saying that it does more harm than good. Davin Eldridge has more.

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A federal judge is dismissing lawsuits challenging a North Carolina election law that requires voters to show photo identification when casting ballots.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder's ruling Monday leaves in place the state law that requires those voting in person to show an accepted type of photo ID, eliminates same-day registration, and ends out-of-precinct voting.

The Smoky Mountain Brass Band is celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year and will perform Saturday at Asheville Community Theatre in a joint concert with the Cary, NC Triangle Brass Band. Listen at 1:06 when Dick Kowal talks with members of the band about their history and their upcoming program.

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McKinley Morrison, an early education teacher at Asheville's Verner Center for Early Learning, is leaving her job and the state of North Carolina, citing House Bill 2 as a major reason for her departure.  Morrison, who was born biologically male and identifies as "trans-feminine" said the bill made her feel "not wanted."

Tune in Saturday at 3 for We'll Be Here All Night: Stories for Passover - a Passover special from Table Magazine's National Magazine Award-winning podcast, Vox Tablet. The special features funny, poignant, and thought-provoking stories and conversations that touch on the plagues, on slavery, on food, on the act of story-telling and more. The special is hosted by Sara Ivry and Jonathan Goldstein, with stories from Etgar Keret, Sally Herships, Debbie Nathan, Michael Twitty, and Jonathan Groubert.

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Listen Tuesday morning at 10 for a concert by The Knights. The Brooklyn-based orchestra collective performed in February at Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre in concert presented by Free Range Asheville. It was recorded by WCQS and Tuesday morning is your chance to hear it and be a part of the excitement generated by this group of young virtuosos. On the program, a suite from Run Rabbit Run by Sufjan Stevens arranged for The Knights by principal horn Michael P.

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