The Asheville Tourists are in town and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra is ready for another stellar performance. There is also a myriad of live theater productions to consider and a couple of new films have arrived. Tony Kiss takes a look at some of what's happening in Western North Carolina.
Five hundred civil rights activists are expected to attend the two day weekend conference. The conference is being hosted by the Campaign for Southern Equality. David Hurand spoke with the organizations Executive Director Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara.
Listen Friday at 2 pm for another live performance from our studios when guitarist Robin Bullock joins us to astonish us with his artistry. Robin performs a Homecoming Concert at Black Mountain Center for the Arts on Saturday evening while he's home from an extended tour with Janis Ian and Tom Paxton. Friday @2 he'll give us a preview of that concert and bring us up to date with his latest news, including a new recording. The last time Robin visited he treated us with Bach on mandolin.
Officials across Haywood County are waiting for the North Carolina General Assembly to decide whether local voters will be allowed to consider whether Lake Junaluska will become part of the Town of Waynesville. The two communities have been exploring the idea of a merger for more than four years. Smoky Mt. News reporter Becky Johnson spoke with David Hurand about the proposal and why the General Assembly hasn't agreed to place the question on the ballot for local voters.
Listen Thursday evening at 8 for the Asheville Symphony on WCQS. We'll broadcast the ASO's February concert, which features a performance of Dvorak's tuneful Eighth Symphony and Bela Bartok's Third Piano Concerto, a piece that he worked on during a stay in Asheville in 1944. The soloist in the Bartok will be pianist Jeremy Denk.
That's the Asheville Symphony on WCQS, at 8 Thursday evening. Please join us!
We’ve been hearing from area lawmakers over the past week. Many were home last week for their version of spring break and that gave us a chance to speak with many of them. Today we hear from Joe Sam Queen. He’s a Democrat representing Haywood, Jackson, and Swain counties in the state House.
Area Democrats are not backing down on their call for the state to expand Medicaid, something the Republican-led General Assembly has refused to do. Queen says North Carolinians are already footing the bill.
We’ve been talking with area lawmakers over the past week as many were home for a week-long recess last week. Today we’re focusing on an interview with Representative Susan Fisher, a Democrat of Buncombe County. Here are some highlights:
In the segment below, Fisher talks about a new proposal in the legislature dealing with abortion. It would mandate a 72 hour waiting period for a woman to have an abortion and would bar UNC or ECU’s medical schools from teaching or providing the procedure. Fisher opposes the bill.
We’ve been conducting interviews with area lawmakers over the past week, as many were home for their version of spring break. Our conversations continue with Representative John Ager, a Democrat of Buncombe County. In the segment below, we talked to Ager about recent changes the legislature made to the state gasoline tax, which was immediately cut by a cent and a half, but that initial cut actually prevented the tax from dropping much further -as was projected, because the gas tax is tied to the wholesale price of gasoline.
We’re hearing from state legislators this week who are home for a week-long recess. WCQS reached out to members of both parties and is airing the interviews in the order they were conducted. Today the focus is on Terry Van Duyn, a Democratic State Senator of Buncombe County. We spoke on a range of issues, from the economy and jobs to bills dealing with social issues, which Van Duyn has been an outspoken critic of.
This week, state lawmakers are on their version of spring break, and many local legislators are home. That gave us an opportunity to sit down and talk about the current session with many of them. We reached out to members of both parties, and will air excerpts from the interviews in the order they were conducted. We start today with Representative Brian Turner. He’s a Democrat representing Buncombe County. The first-term legislator scored an upset win over Tim Moffitt in November’s election, one among just a few bright spots for Democrats in an otherwise tough election cycle.