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7:03 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Requests for NC Public Records Results in Long Waits, Fees

Governor Pat McCrory
AP Photo

In July 2013, the office of Gov. Pat McCrory announced the sudden resignation of his public safety secretary after only six months on the job.

The statement said Kieran Shanahan was leaving to spend more time with his wife and focus on his law firm, but persistent whispers around the state capital suggested there was more to the story.

In response, The Associated Press filed a public records request that September for emails Shanahan sent or received while secretary.

Nearly 19 months later, AP is still waiting.

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Station News
7:40 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Garrison Keillor Charms Crowd at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Garrison Keillor told stories and sang songs to an enthusiastic crowd at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium March 10th. "An Evening With Garrison Keillor" was presented by WCQS and Innovations Arts Entertainment. WCQS treated VIP ticket holders to a pre-show reception, at which Mr. Keillor charmed guests, spoke with darn near everyone in the room and graciously posed for lots of pictures. We thought you'd enjoy seeing a few snaps that were shared with WCQS.

Politics
10:59 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Tillis Visits Prison at Guantanamo, Says It Should Stay Open

nchousespeaker.com

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis says he thinks the prison at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should stay open after traveling to the site.

Tillis said he visited the base this week with four other freshmen Republican senators. For 13 years, the base has been a detention camp to hold terrorism suspects after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Tillis says Guantanamo holds some of the most heinous and evil criminals of our time and still plays a key role in protecting America from terrorism.

Tillis vowed to make sure the base stays open.

Arts and Culture
11:04 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

St. Patrick's Day is coming and Tony is in a celebratory mood.   Also high on Tony's agenda, the first Asheville Amadeus Festival.  If your  hungry, the Food Truck Showdown is scheduled to take place Saturday 3/14 in the parking lot adjacent to the Masonic Temple.  The music scene welcomes a couple of long time rockers, Eddie Money plays the U.S. Cellular Center and Styx performs at Harrah's Cherokee Casino.

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Politics
8:29 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Bills to Retool 2 Large Local NC Governments Head to House

Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

Bills that rework district boundaries and representation on two large North Carolina local governments are heading to the House after their final OKs by the Senate.

Senators voted Thursday for the two measures filed by Republicans that change the structure of the Wake County board of commissioners and Greensboro city council. There was no floor debate Thursday compared to intense discussion Wednesday, when the bills passed initially on party-line votes.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Buncombe Democrat Rep.Calls for Constitutional Amendment

 

A bill has been introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly that if approved would ask voters to amend the State Constitution.  Buncombe County Democrat, Representative Brian Turner of the 116th District says his bill would require a voter referendum for any changes to local government districts  imposed by the General Assembly.  Representative Turner spoke with David Hurand

North Carolina Republican senators have also entered  into affairs of local governments without being asked to do so, this time in Wake County and Greensboro.

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Politics
8:12 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Legislature Getting Involved in Local Governments

Angie Newsome via carolinapublicpress.org

 North Carolina Republican senators have entered again into affairs of local governments without being asked to do so, this time in Wake County and Greensboro.

The Senate planned Wednesday to debate and vote on measures that would rework the districts for Wake's commissioners and Greensboro's city council.

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Environment
3:07 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Duke Energy to Pay $146M to Settle Lawsuit Over CEO Ouster

America's largest electric company is settling a lawsuit that claimed shareholders lost millions of dollars when Duke Energy surprised investors by ousting its CEO hours after completing a long-anticipated buyout of its smaller neighbor.

Charlotte-based Duke Energy said Tuesday that it is settling for $146 million and that its insurers would cover most of the cost, with shareholders instead of customers paying the rest. The company set aside $26 million for the amount not covered by insurance.

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Environment
6:33 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Pollution Mandate Changes for NC Fracking Nears Final OK

Opponents of fracking protested in January at the inauguration of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.
Matt Rourke/AP

The General Assembly is one vote away from finalizing a bill giving a state panel more leeway directing how air pollution from future fracking operations in North Carolina is restricted.

The Senate gave tentative approval Thursday to a House bill that in part would no longer require the Environmental Management Commission to create air-toxic rules for the natural gas drilling if it determines federal or state regulations are adequate.

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Politics
6:11 am
Tue March 10, 2015

NC Senate Acts on Gas Tax Bill, Waits on Incentives Measure

Erik Reyna/KUT News

It looks like legislation adjusting North Carolina's gasoline tax is heading to negotiations, but it's unclear when a House bill giving expanded tools to Governor Pat McCrory to recruit companies gets heard in the Senate.

Senators formally rejected Monday night the House version of a tax measure that would lower the gas tax immediately, but not as much as current law mandates this summer. The Senate passed different gas tax changes last month. Final agreement is important soon because the bill also contains income tax law changes for April 15 filers.

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