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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. 

Politics
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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UNCA
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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Politics
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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Station News
5:21 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

The Really Big Questions

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.

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Arts and Culture
8:35 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss

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. 

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Arts and Culture
3:19 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Arts and Performance / Community Calendar

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

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Environment
9:43 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Fracking Up Coal Down? From Climate One

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.

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