It's a big weekend for fans of film. The Academy Awards ceremony will be broadcast Sunday night. Many of the nominated films are still being screened at area theaters. The Fine Arts Theater has two critically acclaimed films, Omar, and a Japanese animated film, The Wind Rises. Omar is billed as a tense thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories. The Wind Rises is the latest from Director Hayao Miyazaki. It's an animated look at the life of the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.
The Watauga County School Board is considering removing a book its high school curriculum. 10th graders in an honors English class at Watauga High School are reading Isabel Allende's 1982 book The House of the Spirits. Some parents say the book is inappropriate for their children due to scenes of execution and rape.
The State Chapter of the ACLU has entered the controversy in support of teachers and parents who oppose removing the book from the curriculum. David Hurand spoke with ACLU-NC communications director Mike Meno about the controversy.
The recent Duke Energy coal ash spill into the Dan River near Eden, maybe to blame for a spike in the number of North Carolinians who disapprove of Republican Governor Pat McCrory's job performance. David Hurand spoke with High Point Enterrprise reporter Paul Johnson about the poll results and what the coal ash spill may mean for the Governor's party.
As Duke Energy continues to try and control a coal ash pond leak at its facility near Eden, the Vice Chair of the Environmental Review Commission says legislation aimed at preventing a future leak will likely be introduced during the short session of the General Assembly which begins in May. Representative Chuck McGrady of House District 117 spoke with David Hurand
When a weather event hits Western North Carolina, WCQS calls on Grant Goodge for historic context. Grant has worked for or with the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville for nearly forty years . He spoke with David Hurand about our most recent winter storm....
A recent released report concludes that the National Park System is underfunded and at risk. David Hurand spoke with the former Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Phil Francis and retired political science professor and member of the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Hugh Stephens about the status of the Parkway and the future of the nation's National Parks.
WCQS listeners may know Alison Arnold from her bi-monthly gardening segments every other Thursday on WCQS. She'll tell you about everything from how to recycle your Christmas tree to how to tell the gender of your plants.
And now, she's got a new full-time position with the Cooperative Extension as the agriculture extension agent. What does the new job entail? We'll let her tell you.
A neighbor versus neighbor political race is taking shape in North Carolina House District 115. Democrat John Ager has announced he will seek his party's nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Nathan Ramsey. Ager spoke with David Hurand.
Ramsey is expected to officially file for reelection Wednesday. In a statement issued Sunday, Ramsey said he will continue to focus his attention on solutions rather than partisan politics. He added that he will continue to vote against his party when it's in the best interest of the people of Western North Carolina.