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4:45 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New England Digs Out: Some in WNC long for Snow

Much of New England is digging out for a major winter storm.  But despite dire warnings, New York City was spared from what had been predicted.   David Hurand  spoke with retired Professor  of Atmospheric Sciences and free lance science  writer Ed Brotak about the path of the storm and why Western North Carolina has had so little snow this winter.

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Station News
10:45 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Happy 259th Birthday, Wolfgang!

In celebration of the 259th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, WCQS is playing all-Mozart, all day.

Chip Kaufmann is keeping it all in the family so-to-speak and will also include a piece by Mozart's father and Mozart's son during Morning Classical Music. This afternoon Josh Jourdan will kick things off after the State of Things with the "Marriage of Figaro".

You can see full playlist here

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Politics
7:23 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Gillespie Joins NC House Speaker Moore's Staff

Mitch Gillespie
Credit ncleg.net

A former legislator recently reassigned from a post in the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources is returning to the General Assembly, this time on new House Speaker Tim Moore's staff.

Moore announced Friday he's hired Mitch Gillespie of Marion as a senior policy adviser. He's among a dozen people on Moore's staff at the start of his two-year term.

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Economy
2:56 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Appalachian Farm School Begins

The 2015 Appalachian Farm School is set  to begin.  The school is being organized by the Western North Carolina Food Policy Council.  The group begin its work nearly four years ago with the goal of strengthening small farm agriculture in seven western counties from Haywood to Cherokee.  Director Emily Edmonds spoke with David Hurand.

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Arts and Culture
11:57 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival headlines the weekend entertainment scene.  Random Acts of  Fringe will take place at a variety of locations in downtown Asheville.  The Kiss Country Winter Jam will take place at the Orange Peel.  It's a benefit for Mission Chldren's Hospital and Jazz Master Sheila Jordan performs at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall.  Pan Harmonia performs at White Horse Black Mountain Friday night 91/23/15).  The Classical ensemble has been together for  more than a dozen years.   David Holt and the Lightening Bolts take the st

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Politics
7:14 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Idea Slowed to Shift NC Medicaid Program Oversight to Panel

Momentum has slowed for a proposal to shift control of North Carolina's Medicaid program from the Department of Health and Human Services to a new eight-member panel of health experts.

The General Assembly's government watchdog oversight committee met Wednesday but didn't vote as previously expected on legislation recommended last week by one of its subcommittees.

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Environment
1:04 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Report: 2014 is the Hottest Year on Record

ncdc.noaa.gov

A report released last week by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville finds 2014 was the hottest year on record.  That’s based on temperatures measured since the year 1880.   And it’s part of a trend of warming temperatures around the globe.  Asheville resident and climate scientist Jessica Blunden led and coordinated the report.  She says there’s no question what’s causing the warming.

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Arts and Culture
8:45 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

The Oscar nominations have been announced and many of the nominated films are on the big screen in our area.  Tony Kiss drops by the talk about film, theater, and live music at area clubs.  On stage at Harrah's Cherokee Casino, Greg Allman.  In the weeks ahead the Casino also has on its bill Heart, Willie Nelson, and Loretta Lynn.

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Politics
1:49 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Stam Announces "Religious Freedom" Legislation; Gay Rights Group Calls Foul

North Carolina House Speaker Pro Tempore Paul “Skip” Stam (R)
AP PHOTO/TED RICHARDSON

A North Carolina gay rights group is voicing concerns over news that a so-called “religious freedom” bill could be introduced by the state legislature.  Equality North Carolina Executive Director Chris Sgro says the law wouldn’t be about religious freedom at all.  He says one goal would be to give magistrates a way to opt out of performing same-sex weddings – which are now legal in North Carolina.  And he says history has shown that businesses are opposed to these sorts of laws.

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Environment
12:52 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Asheville City Council Passes Anti-Fracking Resolution

An exploratory well drills for oil in the Monterey Shale, California, April 29, 2013.
Lucy Nicholson/ Reuters/ Landov via stateimpact.npr.org

The Asheville City Council is saying “NO” to hydraulic fracturing.  Council members passed a resolution Tuesday night rejecting the drilling method and asking the state legislature to reverse course.  The Republican-dominated legislature has pushed to open the state to fracking.  Councilman Jan Davis joined the unanimous vote to pass the resolution.

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