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8:19 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Asheville Fiscal Year Budget On The Table

Asheville City Council is closing in on adoption of the  proposed 2014-2015 fiscal  year budget.  The 147.5 million dollar spending plan includes a 3% pay raise for many city workers, funds for Sunday bus service, a bump in some fees, but no increase in city property taxes.  While the focus is on this years' spending plan, a recent decision by the North Carolina General Assembly has city officials  casting a weary eye on crafting the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget.  David Hurand has our story.

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Arts and Culture
9:28 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Jeannette Walls explores familiar themes in new novel

Author Jeannette Walls wrote about celebrities for New York Magazine and MSNBC for more than a decade before she turned the tables on herself and wrote a deeply personal memoir called The Glass Castle.

A New York Times best-seller for more than five years, The Glass Castle is about Walls, her impoverished childhood, and the relationship between mental illness and creativity.

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Arts and Culture
8:35 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

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Tony Kiss takes a peak at the arts and culture scene around Western North.  There's lots of live music in Brevard,  Grammy Award winner David Holt has opened an exhibit of his art work at a gallery in Asheville's River Arts District,  the Asheville Tourists are in town for baseball at historic McCormick Field, lots of live theater is happening, and a couple of new movies have arrived, including a new Sci Fi film starring Tom Cruise and  Emily Blunt.  Tony has all of the above  and much more....

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Politics
11:59 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

D-Day Remembered

Seventy years ago, June 6th 1944, the Allied invasion of Normandy began. The effort to liberate Europe was scheduled to take place June 5th, but bad weather forced the Allies to postpone the invasion.  A team of meteorologist worked on the forecast for D-Day, but General Dwight D. Eisenhower leaned heavily on the Scotsman who lead the team, James Martin Stagg. 

John Ross is the author of THE FORECAST FOR D-DAY AND THE WEATHERMAN BEHIND IKE’S GREATEST GAMBLE.   He spoke with David Hurand.

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Arts and Culture
7:48 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Playwright's first novel is entrancing, eerie

Durham-based playwright Monica Byrne's first novel, The Girl in the Road, is incredibly difficult to describe. But it’s one of those books that you read and immediately have to shove into someone else’s hands, saying, 'Here, read this so we can talk about it.'

“I’m sort of glad that it defies categorization and description,” Byrne said,.

The Girl in the Road is futuristic, but not quite sci-fi; it’s suspenseful but introspective, one of those books where the way the story is told is almost more interesting than the plot itself.

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Politics
4:26 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Representative Tim Moffitt's Publishing Company

Campaign finance reports indicate representative Tim Moffitt of Buncombe County is his own best client when it comes to paying for services provided by his publishing company, InTouchNC.  Moffitt, who is seeking another term in the State House, is being challenged by Democrat Brian Turner.  Reporter Jon Elliston recently interviewed Rep. Moffitt for the Carolina Public Press. He spoke with David Hurand about the Representative's media company.

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Arts and Culture
7:05 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Today on "The State of Things," Meet WNC's Don Pedi

Dulcimer player and "Close to Home" host Don Pedi

“The State of Things is a program that is about the state of North Carolina,” says Frank Stasio. He’s the host of he State of Things, which is broadcast out of WUNC n Chapel Hill.“It’s about the cultural stories that people tell," Statio says. "It’s about the individuals, it’s about the politics. All of those things add up to a kind of big look at who we are. The people who work and live here."

Stasio says the partnership with WCQS means that the show will be better equipped to tell the stories of people in Western North Carolina.

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TKISS
8:42 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Weekend Happenings with Tony Kiss: May 30, 2014

Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

David Hurand's out of town, so Tony Kiss talked with Greta Johnsen about the weekend in Western North Carolina. Here's a list of the events they talked about-- you can see a complete list of weekend goings-on in the Asheville Scene

Music

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Arts and Culture
11:35 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Friday @2: Asheville Young Musicians Club

  Join WCQS this Friday at 2pm for another performance from our studios. This week we host members of the Asheville Young Musicians Club, who will give us a preview of their upcoming benefit concert.

We'll hear music by Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, and Friedrich Kuhlau played by these talented eighth-through-twelfth- grade musicians.

There's more information about the Asheville Young Musicias Club on their Facebook page.

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Environment
6:10 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Central American Coffee Beans Threatened by Disease

The price you pay for a cup of coffee may soon be headed higher, but by just how much isn’t clear.  A fungus is attacking coffee beans grown in Central America and could kill as much as 40 percent of the crop.  Scott Satterwhite is with Durham based Counter Culture Coffee.  He spoke with David Hurand about the threat to the industry and what for many is a morning ritual.

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