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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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Planning and Development
10:32 am
Fri March 7, 2014

New I-26 Connector Route Considered

Credit NC-DOT

Local officials  in Buncombe County are scrambling as they consider whether to support the latest North Carolina Department of Transportation plan for the long delayed Interstate 26 Connector.  The plan from NCDOT appears to ignore one of  the departments primary goals that emerged more than twenty five years ago, separating local traffic over the  Bowen Bridge from Interstate 240 traffic.  The founder of the web site AshVegas, Jason Sandford has been following the most recent developments about the controversial project. He spoke  with David  Hurand.

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Arts and Culture
10:16 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

It's a big weekend for basketball.  The Southern Conference Men's and Women's basketball tournament is in Asheville.  Games are being played at the Kimmel Arena on the campus of UNC Asheville and at the US Cellular Civic Center.  In addition to lots of hoop action there is  plenty of live music, theater, and a number of  Oscar winning movies on the big screen.  Tony Kiss has some of what's happening in Western North Carolina....

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Politics
8:44 am
Wed March 5, 2014

The Cost of Public Records Requests

A dispute over how much government agencies should charge when asked to provide public records appears to have drawn in the Administration of Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.  Investigations and Open Government Editor at Carolina Public Press  Jon Elliston spoke with David Hurand.   Elliston says the issue is how each side interprets the state’s public records law…..

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Economy
3:43 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Plant Expansion in Buncombe County

Kearfott Corporation,  a Division of Astronautics Corporation of America,  has announced it will invest nearly twelve million dollars in its' facility in Buncombe County. Tim Lampkin is Director of Business Expansion and Retention for the Economic Development Corporation of Buncombe County.  He spoke with David Hurand

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Arts and Culture
8:40 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Mother-son writing team brings YA thriller to Asheville

Kathy and Brendan Reichs will be at Malaprop’s bookstore this evening at 5:30 to read from, and sign copies of, their books.

The author of the well-known Bones series has teamed up with her son to write another book in a series of young adult thrillers. "I like to describe us as the #1 mother-son YA thriller forensic science writing team in America,” laughs Brendan Reichs. 

Brendan says he and his mother Kathy came up with the idea for Virals series when Kathy saw how many young women would come to readings for the Bones books.

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LGBT
9:12 am
Fri February 28, 2014

"LGBT in the South" conference talks strategy, awareness

Credit Campaign for Southern Equality/Twitter

Asheville mayor Esther Manheimer's announcement that she supports gay marriage coincides with “LGBT in the South,” a two-day conference about strategy, support, and awareness led by the Campaign for Southern Equality, The Hart Law Group and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

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Environment
9:02 am
Fri February 28, 2014

How this year's cold weather could affect gardens

This week, Cooperative Extension of Buncombe County's agriculture extension agent Alison Arnold tells us how to tell if your plants were irrevocably damaged by cold weather.

You can hear Alison Arnold discuss gardening the second and fourth Thursday of every month at 6:30 and 8:30 am on WCQS.

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