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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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Education
4:18 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Enrollment in Teacher Training Programs Down

Enrollment in teacher training programs in North Carolina has dropped 20% over the past three years.   The Dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions at Western Carolina, Dale Carpenter, Ed.D, spoke with David Hurand about the enrollment figures and Governor Pat McCrory's recently proposed spending plan for k-12 education. 

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Selma 50
9:33 am
Mon March 9, 2015

50 Years After Selma, Asheville Man Returns to Pay Tribute

Robert Zachary outside WCQS in Asheville in January 2015
Jeremy Loeb

65 year-old Robert Zachary grew up in Anniston, Alabama during some of the most significant moments of the civil rights movement.  Now he's returning to Alabama, 50 years after Bloody Sunday and the march from Selma to Montgomery.  There he'll pay tribute to those who walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, despite violence and bloodshed, for their right to vote.  In this 90 minute conversation, Zachary shared with me his story and memories, and his thoughts on where we were then in terms of civil rights, and where we are now. 

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