A WNC Adoption Story

Nov 13, 2015

The Adoption Option Expo takes place Saturday (11/14/15) afternoon from 1-4 at Ira B. Jones Elementary School in Asheville.  The Expo is an opportunity for  those who have never considered or are well on their way to adopting a child or becoming a foster parent.    Trish and Steph Hickling-Beckman were married in Massachusetts.  Upon their return to Western North Carolina they became foster parents to a one year old.    Three years later barriers to legal adoption by same couples disappeared and their foster child Nyzaya became their son.   The family spoke  with David Hurand.

Its a big weekend for movies. Heart of a Dog, the new documentary from artist, musician, and writer Laurie Anderson has arrived on the big screen.  "The 33"  is the true story of Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days.  It's a compelling film of survival.  And don't forget Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks is still showing.  But the blockbuster is the new James Bond film starring Daniel Craig "Spector". Mid week Momix Botanica hits the stage at the Diana Wortham Theater.

Asheville attorney and former Mayor Lou Bissette says he wants to serve out the remainder of John  Fennesbresque’s term as Chairman of the UNC Board of Governors.  Fennesbresque  resigned from the board late last month.   As Vice Chair of the Board, Bissette  became its Interim Chairman.  He says the board is required to elect somebody to serve out the remainder of the Chairman’s term, and he wants the job, at least through June.  Fennebresque resignation came months after the board forced out UNC System President Tom Ross and the naming of Margaret Spellings as his replacement.

Legislative Wrap: Rep. Brian Turner

Nov 12, 2015
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WCQS has been speaking with area lawmakers about the recently completed legislative session in a series of "Legislative Wraps."   Our series continues with Rep.

Jews, Muslims and Christians will meet for the 7th annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference Thursday evening through Sunday (11/12-11/15).  The conference will be led by peacemakers from all three Abrahamic faith traditions, including Rabbi Or Rose, Rabia Terri Harris, and Rev. Sam Wells.  Charlene Kammerer is a retired United Methodist Bishop and co-chair of the Design Team for the conference. Bishop Kammerer was elected Bishop in 1996 and after a long career with the Methodist Church, retired in 2012.  She spoke with David Hurand.

Veterans Day Salute

Nov 11, 2015

WCQS thanks our veterans, past and present, for their service. Today we especially wish classical music host Josh Jourdan well. Josh is a Naval reservist currently on active duty. We look forward to his safe return and hope to bring you periodic updates from him throughout his tour.

Revenue generated by the North Carolina Education Lottery has increased annually since the games were approved by State Lawmakers.  But residents of Western North Carolina don’t play the games at a rate as high as  people in other parts of the state.

Legislative Wrap: Rep. John Ager

Nov 5, 2015
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WCQS has been speaking with state lawmakers about the recently completed legislative session in Raleigh.  We continue our series with Rep. John Ager, Democrat of Buncombe County.  As a farmer, Ager was able to speak about a range of topics dealing with agriculture and the environment.  Highlights of the interview are below.  The full conversation is above.

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Duke Energy will replace its coal plant in Asheville with two smaller gas units rather than one large one as originally planned.  The move comes after the public flooded Duke with more than 9,000 comments over proposed transmission lines through the western Carolinas.  Duke says the transmission lines will no longer be necessary.  A third plant could be built in 2023 if the company finds it necessary.  Plans to install solar panels at the site remain unchanged. 

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The only incumbent in the race for Asheville city council lost as three new faces will join the council.  Unofficial results from Tuesday's election (as of midnight) show Keith Young finishing first with 18.22% of the vote.  Brian Haynes finished a close second with 18.08%.  And in third was Julie Mayfield with 17.65%, despite finishing first in the primary.  The race was for three seats on the city council, so those three are the winners.