The sweeping regulatory reform act of 2013 passed by the North Carolina General and signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory includes a provision that prohibits local government from requiring private contractors to pay a living wage or require paid sick days. Vickie Meath is Executive Director of Just Economics, a group that advocates for a living wage. She spoke with David Hurand.
Asheville native Vivian Conley was fortunate enough to be in Washington D.C. when Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream Speech." Ms. Conley took part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom fifty years ago, August 28th. She spoke with David Hurand.
You may think you have a late summer cold but the itchy eyes, scratchy throat, and runny nose could be your allergies acting up. Western North Carolina is known to be hard on folks who are allergic to molds, dust mites, and pollen. David Hurand spoke with Allergist Dr. John Van Wye about the fall allergy season.
August 26th marks a new beginning for Mars Hill College. After nearly 160 years, the college is changing its' name to Mars Hill University. David Hurand recently visited with President Dr. Dan Lunsford to discuss the change, the value of a liberal arts education and to hear his assessment of the recently session of the North Carolina General.
Co-Managing Editor of the Mt. Xpress Rebecca Sulock sits in for Asheville Citizen Times' Tony Kiss for our look at the weekend entertainment scene. Tony returns next week. Topping Rebecca's list, a celebration of the 120th Anniversary of the Y.M.I. in Asheville, music with Super Chunky, a benefit for the Rock Academy, and the Asheville Wine and Food Fest.
A recent New York Magazine profile of Marisha Pessl describes a lecture the thirtysomething author gave at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory four years ago. She quoted an interview with Stan Cordova. The presentation went on. Lots of people quote famous people in lectures, sure-- but Pessl had just cited the work of a character in Night Film, a book she hadn't even published yet.
In July the animal rights group People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals celebrated the transfer of eleven bears from a closed zoo in Cherokee to an animal sanctuary in Texas. Over the next three days David Hurand Speaks with the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Indians about the move, the effects of sequestration on the tribe and the future of the local economy. David spoke with the Chief in his office in Cherokee.
A diverse crowd attended a community forum in Asheville Thursday night entitled After Trayvon Martin. It was the first of what organizers hope will be a series of community discussions involving concerned citizens and law enforcement. David Hurand was there and filed this report.