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Environment
12:20 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Eden Coal Ash Leak Cause of Concern

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory made an unannounced visit to the coal ash spill near the Virginia border and says the serious spill needs to be brought under control as soon as possible.

McCrory traveled to the Duke Energy plant Thursday and made his first public statement on the spill. A 48-

  inch storm water pipe broke Sunday afternoon, leaking coal ash from a storage pond into the nearby Dan River.

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Planning and Development
11:24 am
Thu January 30, 2014

City threatens to end lease with Pack Place

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The City of Asheville is threatening to terminate its lease agreement with Pack Place.

A letter from city manager Gary Jackson claims “repairs and maintenance have been neglected for years” and there is “no indication of any hope to satisfy the necessary requirements.”  The letter included an attached list of necessary building maintenance, saying if Pack Place fails to come up with $419,800, the lease may be terminated.   The ten-year lease is set to expire at the end of May.

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Station News
12:26 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Pete Seeger: How Can I Keep From Singing?

Pete Seeger, iconic folksinger, political activist and national sing-along leader,  passed away on Monday, January 27th 2014.  Join us tonight at 7 for a special 3-hour audio journey through his life, hosted by Seeger’s biographer David Dunnaway .

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Transportation
8:28 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Winter driving tips from an Alaskan transplant

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In Fairbanks, Alaska, driver's ed meant going out to a field by the airport and spinning donuts until I learned how to slide and stay in control.  As a result, I feel it's my civic duty to remind drivers how to stay safe on slippery roads. Here are some things to keep in mind as you venture out in this wintry weather:

Slow down. I get it-- we all have places to be. But you're better off alive and a little late than with a crunched car or in a ditch. 

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Education
5:14 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Local Teacher: New Contract Offer a "Scheme"

Asheville High School
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  School districts across the state have begun the process of what could lead to a new four year contract for a select group of teachers. The offer is the result of a bill passed during the last session of the General Assembly. 

Officials with Asheville City Schools have identified 241 faculty members who are eligible to receive a new contract. In a written notification teachers were told that the Superintendent and the Board of Education will offer the contracts to twenty five percent of the teachers but only following what has been described as a "robust" evaluation. 

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Arts and Culture
8:35 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss

Tony Kiss is looking forward to beer and pretzels along with lots of live theater and a variety of outstanding musical performances in the region. 

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Arts and Culture
8:07 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Watching Human Rights: 101 Best Films

The  UNC Asheville Human Rights Film Festival gets underwary next  Monday (1/27).  David Hurand spoke with University Carol G. Belk Distinguished Human Rights Professor Mark Gibney about his most recent book, Watching Human Rights:  The 101 Best Films.

Segment one of two part interview with University of North Carolina Asheville Carol G. Belk Distinguished Professor in Humanities Mark Gibney. 

Segment Two:

Full length interview with Professor Gibney

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Education
9:56 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

UNC Asheville Chancellor to Retire

UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder

University of North Carolina Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder has announced she will soon retire.  The Asheville native will leave her post July 31st. 

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Business
5:26 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

PSNC INVESTIGATES GAS LINE RUPTURE AND FIRE

The investigation continues as officials with PSNC try and determine the cause of last Fridays' gas pipe line rupture and fire in Buncombe County.  Utility officials say service has been restored to nearly all of the seven hundred its customers who were without service following the rupture.  David Hurand spoke with PSNC Energy Vice President of Gas Operations George Ratchford about the company's initial findings.

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Arts and Culture
8:38 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss

Tony Kiss stops by with news of some of the goings on in Western North Carolina, including the opening of the new Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, August: Osage County with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts,  and the return of Hercules.  Inside Llewyn  stars Oscar Isaac with Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan.  The area club scene is also cooking with lots of music, including Steep Canyon Rangers and Sam Bush at the Orange Peel and White Horse  Black Mt. celebrates its 5th anniversary with an all-star cast.

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