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Asheville Beer Week

It's now Beer Week in Asheville--a city in Western North Carolina regularly voted "Beer City, U.S.A.".

This week the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians Tribal Council voted to remove principal chief Patrick Lambert from office.  It’s only the second time in tribe history this has occurred.  Lambert was brought up on 12 impeachment charges, and has been a controversial figure since he was first elected principal chief in 2015.

Davin Eldridge

In the wake of Mission Health’s controversial decision to end baby deliveries at Angel Medical Center, health system officials have agreed to meet with concerned residents in Macon County.

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Details of the North Carolina House budget have emerged as lawmakers try for quicker passage of a completed 2 year spending plan.  WUNC capitol reporter Jeff Tiberii joined me from WUNC's Durham studio to talk about how the budget differs from the Senate version, and for the latest in North Carolina politics.  

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Asheville’s ‘Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival’ takes place this weekend.  Its theme this year is empowerment, as organizers say dancing, juggling, and politics are all connected.

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Few would argue the polarization of politics isn’t causing some kind of problem.  One of the reasons for that polarization is redistricting – how individual Congressional districts are drawn.  Western North Carolina saw the immediate effect of partisan redistricting more than anywhere else in the state.  But reforms are unlikely to occur.

Davin Eldridge

Calling all cat lovers: Western North Carolina is home to the newly-opened American Museum of the House Cat. 

Harry Lynch, News & Observer

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that two North Carolina Congressional districts are illegal because race factored too heavily in their drawing.  The 5-3 ruling is the latest in a string of defeats for the Republican-controlled General Assembly.  It comes just weeks after the court declined to hear an appeal of the state's invalidated voter ID law.  The Reverend William Barber II is head of the state NAACP, which helped bring the lawsuit against the districts.  He spoke with BPR's Jeremy Loeb about the ruling.  

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The school year is winding down, and many students are cramming for end of year tests.   Some are also putting their green thumbs to work in the school garden where spring planting season is in full swing.

Town of Franklin

After decades of conducting business as a Board of Aldermen, the Town of Franklin will now be governed by a Town Council.

Davin Eldridge

Few regions in the United States have seen their politics changed more by redistricting and gerrymandering than Western North Carolina – and Asheville and Buncombe County in particular.  

Senator Thom Tillis Twitter account

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina collapsed during a Washington, D.C., race Wednesday morning and has been taken away by ambulance.

Tillis, 57, was seen on the ground being administered CPR by bystanders at about the two-mile mark in the three-mile race in Anacostia Park in the southeast part of the city.

Tillis at first appeared unconscious but was revived and breathing when taken away by ambulance from the ACLI Capital Challenge 3 Mile Team Race.

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A recent report showed Asheville police were pulling over far more African-American drivers than their white counterparts – even though the white population in the city dwarfs that of the black population.  Asheville Citizen-Times reporter Joel Burgess spoke with BPR’s Matt Bush about the

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Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows is criticizing National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster's comment at a White House press briefing regarding the Western Wall, which is located in the city of Jerusalem.  McMaster declined to tell reporters whether President Trump believes the wall is part of the state of Israel, calling it a "policy decision."  The Western Wall is one of the holiest sites in Judiasm, and is part of land Israel seized during the Six-Day War in 1967.  

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Western Carolina University political scientist Dr. Chris Cooper is a frequent guest of Blue Ridge Public Radio.  In his most recent visit, Cooper spoke with BPR's Jeremy Loeb and Matt Bush about the latest in state politics.  The conversation touched on the recently-passed Senate budget, a big Supreme Court punt on voter ID, the brewing (pun intended) legal battle involving craft beer, possible campaign finance mischief, Senator Richard Burr's role in the national spotlight, and some high-profile resignations for the progressive left in North Carolina.  

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