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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another deadline looms for those interested in signing up for health insurance. Recently David Hurand spoke with two area health navigators. The following interview is with Dave Trout. Trout has been an insurance agent for fifteen years and weighs in on what's ahead for the those seeking health insurance under provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
BRRR! The polar vortex affecting 26 states right now also impacts our four legged friends. Please be sure to bring outdoor pets inside. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept indoors. Snuggle up!