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.
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.
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.
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.
This summer, we’re taking listeners to a place where science and the humanities meet. The Really Big Questions – a series of five, hour-long programs from SoundVision Productions – brings together scientists, philosophers and regular folks for a scintillating exploration of human nature guided by five enduring questions.
Hosted by writer, broadcaster and composer Dean Olsher, this content pairs nicely with all your listeners' summertime musing.
The hottest team in baseball isn't the Tampa Bay Rays, the Atlanta Braves, or the Detroit Tigers, it's the Asheville Tourists. The Tourists are in town at historic McCormick for a weekend series. Flat Rock Play House has Miss Saigon, and there's a story to be heard at the Orange Peel. Tony says there's a growing jazz scene n Western North Carolina and six new movies have arrived at area theaters, including a spy thriller
starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. That's just a bit of what's going on in the area.
The Asheville Art Museum presents "Dox Thrash, An American Journey: Georgia to Philadelphia" an exhibition celebrating the work of the artist who is celebrated for his discovery of the carborundum process, a printmaking technique that produces rich, velvety tones with incredible depth and nuance. The exhibition will be on view from June 28th thru September 7th. www.ashevilleart.org thru - 9/7
Tune in Saturday at 3 or Sunday at 6 for a debate on fracking. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, has changed the energy landscape across America by making natural gas abundant and cheap. To some it’s a blessing. To others it’s a curse. Supporters say natural gas is a clean alternative to coal and a bridge to a green energy future. Opponents say that it’s poisoning our water and methane leaks from the wells actually make it a bigger climate polluter than coal.