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Education
5:14 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Watauga School Board Considers Banning Book

The Watauga County School Board is considering removing a book its high school curriculum. 10th graders in an honors English class at Watauga High School are reading Isabel Allende's 1982 book The House of the Spirits. Some parents say the book is inappropriate for their children due to scenes of execution and rape.

The State Chapter of the ACLU has entered the controversy in support of teachers and parents who oppose removing the book from the curriculum.  David Hurand spoke with ACLU-NC communications director Mike Meno about the controversy. 

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Environment
10:39 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Coal Ash Politics

The recent Duke Energy coal ash spill into the Dan River near Eden, maybe to blame for a spike in the number of North Carolinians who disapprove of Republican Governor Pat McCrory's job performance.  David Hurand spoke with High Point Enterrprise reporter Paul Johnson about the poll results and what the coal ash spill may mean for  the Governor's party.

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Arts and Culture
8:35 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss

The weekend has rolled around and Tony Kiss is out and about checking it out.  It's time for his weekly chat with David Hurand

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Environment
5:22 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

New Regulations for Coal Ash Ponds?

As Duke Energy continues to try and control a coal ash pond leak at its facility near Eden, the Vice Chair of the Environmental Review Commission says legislation aimed at preventing a future leak will likely be introduced  during the short session of the General Assembly which begins in May.  Representative Chuck McGrady of House District 117 spoke with David Hurand

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Environment
3:19 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Winter Weather Strikes WNC

When a weather event hits Western North Carolina,  WCQS calls on  Grant Goodge for historic context.   Grant has worked for or with the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville for nearly forty years .  He spoke with David Hurand about our most recent winter storm....

Environment
3:09 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

National Park System at Risk

A recent released report concludes that the National Park System is  underfunded and at risk.  David Hurand spoke with the former Superintendent  of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Phil Francis and retired political science professor and member of the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Hugh Stephens about the status of the Parkway and the future of the nation's National Parks.

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Environment
1:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

WCQS Gardening expert Alison Arnold has a new gig in town

WCQS listeners may know Alison Arnold from her bi-monthly gardening segments every other Thursday on WCQS. She'll tell you about everything from how to recycle your Christmas tree to how to tell the gender of your plants. 

And now, she's got a new full-time position with the Cooperative Extension as the agriculture extension agent. What does the new job entail? We'll let her tell you.

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Environment
1:07 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Widespread snow blankets WNC

Asheville Citizen-Times reporter John Boyle measures snowfall in Fletcher.
Credit John Boyle

WCQS checks in with Doug Outlaw, who spent his 12-hour shift at the National Weather Service in Greenville last night compiling snow, ice, and sleet data.

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Politics
2:43 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Neighbor vs Neighbor Political Battle Possible in WNC

A neighbor versus neighbor political race is taking shape in North Carolina House District 115.  Democrat  John Ager has announced he will seek his party's nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Nathan Ramsey.  Ager spoke with David Hurand. 

Ramsey is expected to officially file for reelection Wednesday.  In a statement issued Sunday, Ramsey said he will continue to focus his attention on solutions rather than partisan politics.  He added that he will continue to vote against his party when it's in the best interest of the people of Western North Carolina.

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Economy
9:08 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Beer Industry Becoming a Major Employer in WNC

According to the Brewers Association, an organization that promotes and advocates for small, independent American brewers, there are now more than 26-hundred breweries in the U.S. and many more are in the planning stages.  In a recently published article in the Asheville Citizen Times, The Beer Guy, Tony Kiss took a look at the Western North Carolina's growing craft beer industry.  He spoke  with David Hurand.

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