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8:55 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

Wonderful theater offerings this weekend: Asheville Lyric Opera presents West Side Story at Diana Wortham Theater, NC Stage Company and Montford Park Players partner for a Bard a Thon.  It's a fundraiser to benefit both organizations.  Asheville Community Theater presents A Streetcar Named Desire, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and  Hendersonville Little Theater presents Dreamgirls.  Minneapolis Guitar Quartet performs April 26th at First Congregational Church and singer songwriter Karla Bonoff returns to the Altamont in Asheville April 26th.  Tony takes a look at some of the happenings in WN

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Politics
7:02 am
Fri April 24, 2015

NC House OKs Extending Wait Time for Abortion

wral.com

 The North Carolina House has decided it wants to extend the time a pregnant woman must wait before having an abortion from 24 hours after contacting a provider to 72 hours.

The House voted 74-45 Thursday to expand the waiting period before women can undergo the procedure. The passage followed an emotional but civil debate about the issue that's gotten more attention from the Republican-led legislature over the past four years.

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Politics
6:43 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Reports: North Carolina Out of the Running for Volvo Plant

Volvo Car Group plans to invest about $500 million to build its first auto factory in the U.S. in a bid to revive sales, which have tumbled over the past decade. Reports say North Carolina is no longer on the short list for the location of the factory.
News & Observer

Multiple reports are out that North Carolina is no longer in contention for a Volvo auto plant.  The company had announced a $500 million plant it was considering multiple states for, including North Carolina.  Now the News and Observer of Raleigh reports multiple anonymous sources have reported only South Carolina and Georgia are still in the running.  Governor Pat McCrory says the state is out of money to offer incentives and is imploring the legislature to offer more.  The House has passed what h

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Politics
2:11 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

House Committee Approves Longer Wait Time for Abortion

wncn.com

Women would have to wait longer in North Carolina before obtaining an abortion in a bill that a House committee is recommending.

A woman now must wait 24 hours after receiving information in person or over the phone from an abortion provider before having the procedure. The House Health Committee recommended a bill Wednesday expanding the waiting period to 72 hours.

Sponsor Rep. Susan Martin of Wilson says the measure is designed to protect the health of women but give them time and information to make an informed decision.

Environment
7:11 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Residents Near Duke Ash Dumps Told Not to Drink Well Water

Dan River coal ash spill
AP Photo

North Carolina officials are advising dozens of residents near Duke Energy coal ash dumps not to drink or cook with water from their wells after tests showed contamination with toxic heavy metals.

 

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Politics
6:53 am
Wed April 22, 2015

More NC Abortion Restrictions Up for Committee Debate

Credit Corey Lowenstein/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images via Huffington Post

Republicans at the North Carolina legislature want to add to the state's abortion rules by extending the waiting period and scaling back when workers at two public medical schools can perform them.

The House Health Committee was slated Wednesday to hear a measure that's being opposed by abortion-rights advocates.

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Education
4:39 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Two WNC Teachers Named Distinguished Music Educators

Two area public school teachers have been named Distinguished Music Educators by Yale University.  Melody McGarrhan and Emily Talley work with students at Hall Fletcher Elementary. Talley is also  an assistant band leader at Asheville High. Thirty five programs from nineteen states were recognized by the Ivy League University.   The two teachers will travel to New Haven, Connecticut for  the symposium at Yale in early June.  The teachers spoke with David Hurand.

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Politics
6:24 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Supreme Court Orders Review of NC Redistricting

wral.com

 The Supreme Court has thrown out a North Carolina court ruling that upheld Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers.

The justices on Monday ordered the state Supreme Court to consider anew whether the North Carolina legislature relied too heavily on race when it redrew voting districts following the 2010 census.

The high court issued a similar ruling last month involving a complaint from black Alabama Democrats that the Republican-dominated legislature illegally packed black voters into too few voting districts.

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Environment
6:10 am
Tue April 21, 2015

NC Regulators Told By House to Prep for Federal Carbon Rules

wral.com

 North Carolina House members agree the state should prepare for a proposed federal rule reducing carbon dioxide pollution even though it's being challenged in court and its final form may be altered.

The chamber voted 84-33 Monday to direct the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources on how to plan for regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

Environment
4:07 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

NOAA's Climatic Data Center Has a New Name

The National Climatic Data Center in Asheville
noaa.gov

The center that maintains the world's largest climate data archive and provides climatological data around the world has changed its' name.  Tom Karl is Director of  what has been known as the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville.  He spoke with David Hurand about the name change and the center's new mission.

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