USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Patrice Kunesh was in Western North Carolina to tout programs the federal department hopes will help reduce rural poverty. Kunesh, who is a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government spoke with David Hurand about rural poverty, the Obama Administrations proposed Food, Farm, and Jobs bill, and her how her heritage influences her work.
Listen this afternoon at 2 for another live performance from our studio as we welcome guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Robin Bullock. Robin has roots in Celtic music, but he has recently released a recording of works by Bach and Dowland. He'll share his music with us at 2 this afternoon. Please join us.
The sweeping regulatory reform act of 2013 passed by the North Carolina General and signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory includes a provision that prohibits local government from requiring private contractors to pay a living wage or require paid sick days. Vickie Meath is Executive Director of Just Economics, a group that advocates for a living wage. She spoke with David Hurand.
Asheville native Vivian Conley was fortunate enough to be in Washington D.C. when Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream Speech." Ms. Conley took part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom fifty years ago, August 28th. She spoke with David Hurand.
You may think you have a late summer cold but the itchy eyes, scratchy throat, and runny nose could be your allergies acting up. Western North Carolina is known to be hard on folks who are allergic to molds, dust mites, and pollen. David Hurand spoke with Allergist Dr. John Van Wye about the fall allergy season.
August 26th marks a new beginning for Mars Hill College. After nearly 160 years, the college is changing its' name to Mars Hill University. David Hurand recently visited with President Dr. Dan Lunsford to discuss the change, the value of a liberal arts education and to hear his assessment of the recently session of the North Carolina General.
Co-Managing Editor of the Mt. Xpress Rebecca Sulock sits in for Asheville Citizen Times' Tony Kiss for our look at the weekend entertainment scene. Tony returns next week. Topping Rebecca's list, a celebration of the 120th Anniversary of the Y.M.I. in Asheville, music with Super Chunky, a benefit for the Rock Academy, and the Asheville Wine and Food Fest.