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Economy
3:57 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Series on homelessness in WNC aims to raise awareness

"No place to call home" is the long-form reporting project from Casey Blake, John Boyle, and Erin Brethauer.
Credit Erin Brethauer / Asheville Citizen Times

Asheville Citizen Times reporter Casey Blake has done her fair share of reporting, especially on educational issues is Western North Carolina.

But it’s fair to say she’s never written anything like “No Place to Call Home.”

In radio, we measure stories in minutes; in magazines, it’s by the word; but in newspapers, it’s inches, and Blake says her normal sort of in depth story is about 50 inches.

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Education
10:26 am
Mon June 30, 2014

NEA Members Gather in Denver

The National Education Association annual meeting is underway in Denver, Colorado.  A delegation of more than one hundred North Carolina public school educators is among the 9-thousand delegates from around the U.S. attending the convention.    Mark Jewell is Vice President of North Carolina Association of Educators.  He spoke  with David Hurand about his organizations' disappointment with the NC General Assembly and attempts by state lawmakers to amend or repeal education standards known as Common Core.

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Station News
12:22 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Celebrate the 4th With The Capitol Steps: “Politics Takes a Holiday”

Tune in Wednesday, July 2nd at 7 p.m. for The Capitol Steps’ 4th of July special, “Politics Takes a Holiday.” The Capitol Steps will address timely issues set to show tunes! There’s John Kerry singing “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea? And Hillary Clinton admonishing Joe Biden to “Let It Go” when it comes to running for president. It’s a show so clogged with jokes that Chris Christie threatened to shut it down!

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Arts and Culture
2:49 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

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A sure sign of summer as the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival  and Shindig On the Green get underway. Bruce Hornsby and the Noise Makers take the stage and there's another long list of great theater offerings, including A Grand Night for Singing in Waynesville.   Tony Kiss has it all.

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afterlife
7:48 am
Tue June 24, 2014

A biography of American mourning

Author Kate Sweeney’s first book came out earlier this year.

American Afterlife is a book about everyday Americans who find themselves involved with death and memorialization,” Sweeney says, “as well as how we got here as a country.”

Sweeney spoke with memorial photographers and funeral home managers; people who specialize in funerary urns, a woman who tends to her daughter’s roadside memorial, a hospital chaplain, a tattoo artist who inks memorial portraits.  

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Education
6:10 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Guilford College Next Stop for UNCA Provost

July first, University of North Carolina Asheville Provost Jane Fernandes will assume her new duties as President of Guilford College.  Dr. Fernandes becomes the first deaf educator to be named President of an American College and the first woman to  lead the Quaker School in Greensboro.  Dr. Fernandes is a native of Worcester, Mass. and a graduate of Trinity College in Connecticut.  She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature  at the University of Iowa.  Dr.

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Politics
9:09 am
Thu June 19, 2014

APD Evidence Room Audit

The long-awaited audit of the Asheville Police Department Evidence Room has been released by Buncombe County District Attorney Ron Moore. The City of Asheville paid $175,000 for  the audit following reports of missing drugs, guns, and money.  

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Food and Drink
11:46 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Montford Farmers Market Moving

The Montford Mid-Week Farmers Market is  moving to the Asheville River Arts District.  After more than three years at its location in the Asheville Chamber of Commerce parking lot the tailgate market is moving to 175 Clingman Avenue next to All Souls Pizza. The market will end its run in Montford  Wednesday, June 25th.   David  Hurand spoke with Market Manager Christa Tolson.

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Politics
6:10 am
Wed June 18, 2014

WNC Attorney Defends Gitmo Detainees

In  a recent Op-Ed published in Time Magazine civil rights attorney Frank Goldsmith explained why he volunteered to defend Guantanamo Bay detainees.  Goldsmith, who is a U.S. Army veteran,  writes "even the most despised person, perhaps especially the most despised, has that right to a vigorous defense.  He spoke with David Hurand.

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Environment
6:20 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Three WNC Environmental Groups Talk Merger

Later this month, three well established Western North Carolina Environmental groups,  Western North  Carolina Alliance, Environmental and Conservation Organization (ECO) and Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance, will begin formal merger talks. Members of each group recently voted to approve the consolidation.  David Hurand spoke  with Bob Wagner, Robert Smith, and Katie Breckheimer...

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