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From Ukraine to Uruguay, Moldova to the Philippines, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its foreign affiliates have become the hammer for the tobacco industry, engaging in a worldwide effort to fight antismoking laws of all kinds, according to interviews with government ministers, lobbyists, lawmakers and public health groups in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

Area advocates and supporters of the Constitutional right of same sex couples to marry are hailing the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in support of same sex marriage. David Hurand spoke with Campaign for Southern Equality spokesman Aaron Sarver and the groups attorney Meghann Burke about today's  ruling. 

Tune in this Saturday at 3 and Sunday at 6 for Re:sound - The Hearing Show. In this special documentary from PRX we listen in on hearing — a complex system of circuitry that is vulnerable to all sorts of interruptions, misfires and breakdowns.  Highlights include:

The Rest Is Silence - by Brian Calvert
Amanda McDonough has had hearing problems all her life. She wore hearing aids and hid the fact from everyone she knew. Mostly she got by, until she made a decision that changed everything.

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Jerry Seinfeld takes the stage in Asheville Saturday night at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.  Singing on the Mountain takes place at Grand Father Mountain. Shindig on the Green is back at Pack Square in downtown Asheville.  Dancing and Mountain Music will be featured.  Lots of summer theater to choose from. Tony takes a look at some of what's happening.

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Asheville is featured on this week's episode of  the new television series Southern Uncovered with the Lee Bros.   The series on Ovation TV explores the "unique and unexpected" cuisine and culture of six southern cities.  Program hosts Matt and Ted Lee are the authors of several award winning cook boos and the founders of  The Lee Bros Boiled Peanuts Catalogue.  They spoke  with David  Hurand.

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Todd Williams has served as Buncombe County's District Attorney for about six months now, after defeating the long-time DA Ron Moore.  Williams stopped by WCQS for a conversation with Jeremy Loeb about how the job's been going, about issues facing Buncombe County, and about several initiatives he's been working on. 

A Dutch court has ordered the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by 2020, in a case environmentalists hope will set a precedent for other countries. Campaigners brought the case on behalf of almost 900 Dutch citizens. They argued the government had a legal obligation to protect its citizens from the dangers of climate change.

Asheville Mayor No Fan of Senate Sales Tax Plan

Jun 23, 2015
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State lawmakers in the House and Senate are trying to reconcile two competing budget plans.  The Senate plan includes a change to the way sales taxes are distributed to favor rural counties over more urban ones like Wake, Mecklenburg, and Buncombe.  WCQS’s Jeremy Loeb spoke with Asheville mayor Esther Manheimer about what the plan would mean for Buncombe County and the city of Asheville.   They also touched on the city budget and county room tax. 

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Dinosaurs have taken over the big screen!  Jurassic World and its 3D special effects has arrived at area theaters. The film is the fourth in the Jurassic series.  The story of the Beach Boys, Love and Mercy has also arrived.  The film stars John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks and there are several animated films appropriate for children.  The Indigo Girls, with their band, will rock the Orange Peel June 23rd, and Nigerian legend Kinny Sunny Ade makes his way to Western North Carolina with an appearance at New Mountain Amphitheater, June 24th.

The Brevard Music Center (BMC) announced today that virtuoso violinist Sarah Chang will open its 79th season on Saturday, June 20 at 6PM at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. Ms. Chang replaces pianist André Watts, whose sudden illness necessitated a cancellation of his BMC opening night performance. Ms. Chang will perform Bruch’s exquisite Violin Concerto No. 1, considered by many to be the German composer’s most famous and celebrated composition.

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