Changes to food stamp benefits could affect as many as 110,000 people in North Carolina.  The Associated Press reports the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – or SNAP – will require able-bodied adults to work, volunteer, or train at least 80 hours a month to keep receiving benefits.  Otherwise those people would lose benefits after three months.  North Carolina is among 21 states whose recession-era waiver of that rule is expiring.  It expired last month in 23 counties, including Buncombe, Haywood, and Henderson in western North Carolina.  The rest of the counties will see t

The two Republicans representing Western North Carolina in Congress are backing different candidates for  their party's Presidential nomination.  Patrick McHenry of the 10th District is backing Jeb Bush.  Representative Mark Meadows of the 11th District has announced he is backing Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.  Anna Douglas is Washington D.C. reporter with the News and Observer of Raleigh. She  spoke with David Hurand.

Roger Aiken of Asheville has been elected vice chair of the UNC Board of Governors.  Aiken will complete the unexpired term of Louis Bissette.  In December Bissette was elected Chairman of the Board.  Aiken works for Wells Fargo Advisors and is a former Chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Education. The day Aiken was elected more than a dozen protesters were on hand callling for the removal of System President elect Margaret Spelling.   Four were arrested Aiken spoke with  David Hurand.

Rev. Barber on Voter ID Trial: 'This is our Selma'

Jan 29, 2016

The first week of a federal trial over North Carolina's new law requiring photo identification to vote is coming to an end.  The North Carolina NAACP and other groups are challenging the requirement as unconstitutional and discriminatory toward minority and poor voters.  Republican leaders of the General Assembly pushed for passage of the law, claiming it would limit voter fraud and protect the integrity of elections.  For the latest, WCQS's Jeremy Loeb spoke with the leader of the North Carolina NAACP, the Rev.

Sandlin Gaither

Listen this afternoon at 2 when Free Planet Radio performs live in our studios. This trio of Asheville-based musicians, each with a deep background in a wide variety of musical styles, will bring us their blend of world, jazz, and classical music and give us a preview of their upcoming concert at the Altamont Theatre.

Piano Concert to benefit WNCAP!  Concert pianist David Troy Francis is the host for the benefit concert  for the Western North Carolina AIDS Project at 3 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Asheville Country Club.

This week the  N.C. Superintendent  for  Public  Instruction urged state lawmakers to boost teacher pay.  The call for an across the board pay hike will likely be considered when state lawmakers return to Raleigh this spring. That’s the forecast from two area members of the State House.  David Hurand has more….

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North Carolina's March primary election is about seven weeks away.  While much of the press attention has been focused on the Democratic and Republican Party Presidential races,  North Carolina voters will also consider a $2 Billion Bond Proposal.  If passed, the money would be invested in education, parks, safety, recreation, and water and sewer infrastructure.  Projects in 79 of the states 100 counties would be funded. 

Happy Birthday Wolfgang!

Jan 27, 2016

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born January 27, 1756. Tune in today to help us celebrate his birthday. We'll be playing a variety of works dating from his earliest years to his last. We'll even include some compositions by his first teacher, his father, Leopold Mozart.

Duke Energy Natural Gas Plant Plans Stir Debate

Jan 26, 2016
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Duke Energy's plan for the Asheville area involves two natural gas plants at the current site of the Lake Julian coal-fired plant.  Not everyone is happy about it.  WCQS’s Jeremy Loeb has more.