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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was in Charlotte Thursday for a midday rally at Johnson C. Smith University. She talked about college costs, voting rights, House Bill 2 and her differences with Republican Donald Trump.

The speech was aimed in part at rallying African Americans, and the college vote. There were cheers when she talked about her plans to help both students and historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, like JCSU.

Recent reports of mosquito spraying for Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases in other states have led to many N.C. residents asking what can they do to protect commercial and hobby beehives across the state. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages bee owners to use the BeeCheck mapping software to alert farmers and pesticide applicators to the location of their hives.

McCrory: Chamber Helped Shape HB2

Sep 8, 2016
NBC News

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory says business lobbyists helped shape a state law limiting protections for LGBT people but that also included employer-friendly provisions banning local minimum wage increases and making it harder for workers to sue for workplace discrimination.

McCrory's assertion contradicts statements by the head of the state's Chamber of Commerce and his aides, who have denied a role in shaping the legislation called House Bill 2.

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In a rare policy address by a vice presidential nominee, Democrat Tim Kaine showcased his own foreign policy expertise Tuesday and painted Donald Trump as clueless and dangerous when it comes to world affairs.

"The prospect of the emotionally volatile, fact-challenged, self-obsessed and inexperienced Donald Trump as commander-in-chief scares me to death," Kaine said at a historic USO building in the swing state of North Carolina.

The red lines depict the path's border--areas that will experience roughly one minute of eclipse--whereas the blue middle line depicts the center, with a duration of about two-and-a-half minutes. The path will stretch across 43.6 miles of the region.
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Next summer, the earth will cross the shadow of the moon, creating a total solar eclipse. For the first time in nearly 40 years, its path will pass through the continental United States. The event will occur on August 21, of 2017, and promises to attract a massive audience from around the world, as the eclipse sweeps across the sky from Oregon in the Pacific Northwest, makes its way Southeast, passes through Western North Carolina, and eventually beyond the coast of South Carolina.

  Immediate Theatre Project presents The Lower Frequencies, written and performed by Bryce Monroe. Inspired by the novel Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Lower Frequencies depicts the particular experience of a nameless narrator and his confrontation with the American Dream. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 at NC Stage Co. in downtown Asheville

Bryce Monroe and ITP's Willie Repoley talked with Dick Kowal about the upcoming production.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will campaign Thursday at a historically black university in Charlotte.

The campaign said Clinton will speak at noon at a voter registration event at Johnson C. Smith University. Clinton will also hold a private fundraiser in the city that day.

It will be a busy week for politics in North Carolina.

Republican nominee Donald Trump is holding a rally Tuesday evening at the Greenville Convention Center to discuss immigration.

A super PAC with ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to spend $8.1 million on television ads in the North Carolina Senate race, where Republican incumbent Richard Burr is facing a spirited Democratic challenge.

With a goal of keeping the chamber in GOP hands, the Senate Leadership Fund said Thursday that it's reserving ad time starting Sept. 13 in nearly all of the state's TV markets. A nonprofit arm of the fund previously announced $2.5 million in ads praising Burr for efforts to preserve Medicare.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine is slated to deliver what Hillary Clinton's campaign calls a "major national security address" next week in North Carolina.

The Clinton campaign announced the speech would occur in Wilmington on Tuesday but didn't immediately have more location details Thursday. A campaign release says the U.S. senator from Virginia would emphasize Clinton's credentials to be commander in chief and her vision to "make America safer and stronger together."

Kaine last visited North Carolina in Asheville for public campaign events two weeks ago.

Painting bathrooms, building fences and clearing vines may not seem like a vacation – but it’s how some North Carolina high school students chose to spend most of their summer. 

Friday @2: Pan Harmonia

Sep 1, 2016

  Join us for our next Friday @2 when we'll welcome members of Pan Harmonia to our studios.  Flutist Kate Steinbeck, bassoonist Rosalind Buda, and guitarist Amy Brucksch will play music actually written for their rather unusual combination of instruments by Swedish composer Fredrik Holm. We'll get a preview of their season-opening concert at the Haen Gallery on September 12th. Dick Kowal is the host.

Join us for Friday @2 here on WCQS!

US High Court Refuses to Reinstate NC Voter ID

Aug 31, 2016
wral.com

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Wednesday to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification requirement and keep just 10 days of early in-person voting. The court rejected a request by Gov. Pat McCrory and other state officials to delay a lower court ruling that found the state law was tainted by racial discrimination.

  Singer, composer, author David Lamotte releases his first new CD in ten years and celebrates his 25th anniversary in music with a concert Friday evening at 8 in Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre. David joined Dick Kowal in the studio to talk about the recording and concert. 

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A national group seeking to elect Democratic governors says Vice President Joe Biden will attend one of its fundraisers next month in North Carolina, where Attorney General Roy Cooper is seeking to unseat Republican incumbent Pat McCrory.

The Democratic Governors Association confirmed this week that Biden will participate in its Sept. 12 private fundraising event at a Raleigh home. The association considers McCrory's seat the best chance for Democrats to flip a gubernatorial seat that a Republican now holds.

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An exercise to draw North Carolina's congressional boundaries while bypassing political data hopefully will increase interest in "nonpartisan" redistricting and avoid extensive future litigation seen for decades over challenged maps, former state jurists said Monday.

Former state Supreme Court chief justices and other judges from both parties unveiled the districts they drew for North Carolina's 13 seats in the U.S. House using basic population numbers and other guidelines laid out in proposed legislation.

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