Arts and Culture
5:51 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Adelaide Daniels Key Has Died

One of Western North Carolina’s major philanthropists has died. Adelaide Daniels Key was a member of the Daniels Family that once owned the Raleigh News and Observer.  Following the sale of the paper she started the Adelaide Worth Daniels Foundation.  She was an advocate for greater access to health care, education,  community building, and the arts.  She served as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina and as a member of the Board of Trustees at Western Carolina University.   Adelaide Daniels Key was 78. 

Arts and Culture
8:35 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Another big weekend of entrainment in Western North Carolina.  Downtown After 5 is back on Lexington Avenue.  While Rat Dog has canceled a future date in the area, a Greatful Dead tribute band is back in town.

There's Laugh Your Asheville is happening and there's lots of live theater to consider.  Tony Kiss takes a l00k at some of the very busy entertainment schedule in the area, including the latest film from writer/director Woody Allen.

6:30 am
Thu August 14, 2014

The Block is making a Comeback

As you travel north on Biltmore Avenue into downtown Asheville off to your right you’re likely to see the top few floors of Asheville’s first skyscraper, The Jackson Building.  The view of the New Gothic building is interrupted by a large blue construction crane.  For many it’s a beautiful sign of progress coming to an area that has not enjoyed the same level of economic activity as the rest of downtown.  David Hurand has our story…..

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6:10 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Social Media Enters 6th Congressional District Race

Now that Governor Pat McCrory has signed the state’s more than $21 Billion dollar budget, lawmakers and voters may shift their attention to political races.  David Hurand spoke with High Point Enterprise reporter Paul Johnson about the race in the 6th Congressional District where a candidates’ post on Facebook has become the focus of the campaign……

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5:36 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

NC Budget Director To Step Down

North Carolina's budget Director Art Pope is leaving his post.  Governor Pat McCrory made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.  The governor said Pope's departure was anticipated and was not related to his controversial role in the McCrory Administration. 

McCrory praised Pope for his public service and his knowledge of state government. 

Pope said he will return to running his family's retail business, Variety Wholesalers.  He declined to discuss in detail his future political plans. 

2:54 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Mountain Moral Monday Looks Forward to November

Credit Greta Johnsen / WCQS

Thousands of Western North Carolinians congregated yesterday in Asheville at the Mountain Moral Monday rally.

The event was a Western iteration of the Moral Monday gatherings in Raleigh to protest the policies of the North Carolina General Assembly.

It marked the 67th rally since protests began in April 2013.

About 5,000 people showed up, bringing camping chairs and carrying signs. That's about half the number of people who showed up last year.

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9:20 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

UNCA Names New Chancellor

  The University of North Carolina Board of Governors announced Friday that Mary Grant will succeed Anne Ponder as the next Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Since 2002, Grant has been president of the Massachusetts College of Liberal arts, the designated public liberal arts college in Massachusetts, which parallels UNCA’s role in North Carolina's 17-campus statewide system.

Grant began her career in higher education as a research assistant at UMass-Boston.

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Station News
9:25 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Trent Henley Signs Off

Join us in wishing Trent Henley well in his new career.

WCQS afternoon host Trent Henley is leaving the airwaves to attend nursing school at Blue Ridge Community College. Trent joined WCQS in June 2006 and has been your reliable and charming afternoon voice during Fresh Air, All Things Considered, and Marketplace.  In addition to hosting on WCQS,  Trent has been providing music at wedding receptions and special events around Western North Carolina.    

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10:06 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Court Ruling May Clear Way for Gay Marriage in NC

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Moday that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a decision that could overturn Amendment One in North Carolina. Immediately following the ruling, NC Attorney General Roy Cooper announced the state  would drop its opposition to lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the statewide ban.

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Arts and Culture
7:40 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Edan Lepucki on doing your laundry at the end of the world

Author Edan Lepucki says a lot of dystopian, apocalyptic stories are aspirational; they’re epic, sweeping stories about heroes and salvation.

But Lepucki’s new novel, California, takes place on a smaller scale

“When you see people under pressure they’re often not their best selves,” Lepucki says.  

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