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12:11 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Asheville Abortion Clinic Target of McCrory Adm.

Internal communication records released following a request from the on line investigative reporting service Carolina Public Press reveal the McCrory Administration went to great lengths to orchestrate publicity surrounding the temporary closure of an Asheville abortion clinic last summer.  David Hurand spoke with Carolina Public Press reporter and frequent WCQS contributor Jon Elliston,

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Politics
12:49 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Democrat Files Ethics Violation Charge Against Rep. Moffitt

Representative Tim Moffitt (R) House District 116

It's early in the  campaign season for a seat in the North Carolina General Assembly but the race to represent House District 116 is  off to a rather unusual start.  Democratic Party challenger Brian Turner has filed a formal complaint with the State Board of Elections against incumbent Republican Tim Moffitt.  Turner alleges Rep. Moffitt offered to help him find a job if he would drop out of the race.  Moffitt denies the allegation.  David Hurand has more...

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Arts and Culture
8:35 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss

The celebration of St. Patrick's Day  influences the entertainment scene Friday through Monday.  Celtic music is  on the bill at White Horse Black Mt., Jack of  the Wood, and the Fiddlers of Madison County are on stage in Marshall.  Saturday night The Asheville Symphony Orchestra takes  the stage at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.  The featured performer is an Israeli pianist.  The Russ Wilson Jazz Band pays tribute to Benny Goodman Sunday night at Isis and there are several new movies in the area, including the Japanese film, Like Father Like Son and the Chilean film, Gloria.

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Politics
3:34 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Asheville Democrat Won't Fill Senate Vacancy

Representative Susan Fisher District 114

State Representative  Susan Fisher says  she is not a candidate to fill out the Senate term of the late Martin Nesbitt.    Senator Nesbitt died last week at the age of 67.  His unexpected death is an enormous  loss for his party and the region's clout in the North Carolina General Assembly.  David Hurand has more on the search to fill  the 49th District Senate seat.

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Environment
5:04 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

The Return of Winter

On this date in 1993 Western North Carolina was hit by a winter storm that dumped two feet of snow on the mountains.  The storm was  blamed for a dozen deaths, caused more than $75 million in damage and left more than 100,000 customers without power.  Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Ed Brotak today's blast of  winter weather is  significantly different than the winter storm of March 12th, 1993.

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Politics
6:35 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Mourning Martin Nesbitt

Credit North Carolina State Legislature

Friends, family members, and state and local lawmakers gathered yesterday to remember the life and work of Senator Martin Luther Nesbitt, Jr. About 1,000 people attended the public funeral at Biltmore Baptist Church in Arden to remember the man who represented Buncombe County for decades. Senator Dan Blue called Nesbitt a true mountain man who placed people over politics, citing his 20032 clean smokestacks act as a great legislative achievement. Former Lieutenant Governor Dennis Wicker also delivered a eulogy, calling Nesbitt a champion of those without a voice. Pastor Bruce Frank led the g

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Arts and Culture
5:47 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Music for Winds and Guitar Friday @2

Listen this Friday at 2pm when members of Pan Harmonia bring us music for winds and guitar. Flutist Kate Steinbeck, bassoonist Rosalind Buda and guitarist Amy Brusch will perform live in our studios and bring us music by Tom Febonio, Frederick Holm and others...an unexpected dreamscape...ethereal, transcendent, and grooving...

That's Friday @2, members of Pan Harmonia with Music for Winds and Guitar. Dick Kowal will be your host.

Health and Wellness
5:42 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

State Lab Confirms Norovirus

The North Carolina State Lab has confirmed the cause of an illness that swept through an Asheville elementary school.  Health officials at Buncombe County Health and Human Services received the confirmation Tuesday.   Disease Control Lead Nurse Sue Ellen Morrison spoke  with David  Hurand about what's being done to control the outbreak of Norovirus.

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Arts and Culture
3:56 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

ASO on WCQS

Credit Asheville Symphony Orchestra

Listen this week for two broadcasts of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra's February 8th concert. You can hear the concert,Tuesday morning at 10 when Dick Kowal will be your host, and again Thursday evening at 8 when Chip Kaufmann hosts.

On the concert program is  Tchaikovsky's Suite from Swan Lake Ballet and Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto with soloist Elena Urioste. Also featured is Muertes del angel by Osvaldo Golijov and Pavanne pour une infante defunte by Maurice Ravel.

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Politics
5:38 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

State Senator Martin Nesbitt Remembered

Credit www.ncleg.net

Senator Martin Nesbitt's funeral is scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m at Biltmore Baptist Church.  The longtime Mountain  lawmaker died last week.   According to a party spokesman the Buncombe County Democrat was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer.  David Hurand has more on his career in the North Carolina General Assembly..

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