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Its future is very much in doubt, but the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land.  In North Carolina, signups for health insurance thanks to the law are at their heaviest pace since it took effect.  More than 530-thousand North Carolinians have signed up for coverage during this enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act according to Pisgah Legal Services.

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Martin Luther King Day was not a day off for around 50 high school students from Buncombe County.  They spent the holiday looking for ways to continue King’s legacy by tackling some of the most difficult issues facing society.

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“Plum Print, This is Keely, can I help you?”

When the phone rings at Plum Print in Asheville, Graphic Designer Keely Knopp, who also mans the customer support desk, is usually the first to answer.

Keely Knopp, Plum Print, “I just got off the phone with a gentleman who told me how excited he was about the inauguration and how he can’t wait to go.”

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Thousands of women from across the U.S. are expected to march on Washington D.C. the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, and international Buddhist monk Venerable Pannavati Bhikkuni is among those women from Western North Carolina who will make the trek to D.C.

Bhikkuni runs the Bhuddist residential retreat Heartwood Refuge in Hendersonville.  The bus she's booked for the trip is already half-full, but  Bhikkuni expects a full house by this time next week.

What Happens When Your Hometown Gets Hot?

Jan 12, 2017

NPR is coming to Asheville!  On February 7th, NPR's Michel Martin will host "Going There - When Your Hometown Gets Hot" at the Diana Wortham Theater.  Tickets for the event have already sold out, but you can add yourself to the wait list for any returned tickets here.  There are also a very limited number of dual tickets for both the event and a breakfast the following morning with Michel that can be purchased by calling WCQS at 828-210-4813.  Those are $50 each.

The eighth annual Django Reinhardt birthday festival takes place Saturday, January 21st at Asheville's Grey Eagle. Who was Django Reinhardt, and why are people playing his music more than a hundred years after his birth? Jon Corbin, guitarist and organizer of the festival, talked with Dick Kowal about the legacy of the great jazz guitarist and the musicians gathering to celebrate his birthday.

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Andrew Jones is co-director of Climate Interactive, a non-profit international group with employees housed in Asheville's Collider climate change innovation center.    He stopped by WCQS a few weeks after the election of Donald Trump to speak with Jeremy Loeb about the group's work and what he called his hopeful outlook as many in the industry are concerned about having a so-called "climate denier" in the White House.  

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The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom live-annotated a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump. We fact-checked and provided background to his remarks in real-time, paying special attention to any comments about conflicts of interest, health care and national security.  

Asheville Will Look At Council Redistricting

Jan 10, 2017

The Asheville city council will look at whether to redraw council districts in the city.  The decision to study potential redistricting does not mean new lines will be drawn.  Mayor Esther Manheimer says it’s just a chance to see whether voters think it should happen.

“We have just put in place an opportunity for people to weigh in on this", according the mayor.  "And it will be robust as usual with community meetings and online format to participate.”

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Lawmakers gaveled in a new session in Raleigh Wednesday.

The Asheville city council meets Tuesday evening, and two major items are on the agenda for lawmakers.

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There's the pile of old electronics that got replaced with the newest version over the holidays.  The  toaster that no longer works, and the dead computer that's been collecting dust for years.  Random items that shouldn’t go in the trash, and can’t go into the recycling bin.  Items Eric Bradford says fall into the hard to recycle category.

Join us Thursday evening at 8 for a broadcast of the Asheville Symphony's November 19th concert, Rhapsody in Blue. The concert features pianist Conrad Tao in a performance of one of George Gershwin's best-loved works.  (Tao's encore following the Rhapsody is, by itself, worth the price of admission!) Also on the all-American program, two works from Aaron Copland; the suite from the film score he wrote for "Our Town," and the suite from the 1939 ballet Billy the Kid, and David Diamond's Symphony No.

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Governor Roy Cooper laid out his vision for North Carolina in an inaugural address Saturday morning.  The following are his full remarks, from governor.nc.gov

Roy Cooper Takes Over A Divided State

Jan 6, 2017
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WUNC's Jeff Tiberii spoke with NPR's Morning Edition about the situation Roy Cooper steps into as North Carolina governor.  He was sworn-in minutes into New Years Day, and formal inaugural ceremonies will take place this weekend in Raleigh, though many have been moved or canceled because of expected heavy snowfall.  

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