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Abortion-right advocates remain suspicious of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory about protecting access to the procedure and want him to know they're still watching his actions.

The activists say they'll deliver Tuesday to McCrory's office a petition telling him he should stop enacting what they call unnecessary barriers to safe and legal abortions. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is assembling the event.

Chris Seward/News & Observer of Raleigh

Advocacy groups said Monday they will ask an appeals court to expand a favorable ruling on transgender restroom access to cover people across North Carolina.

They filed their notice of appeal after a federal judge's preliminary ruling said two transgender students and an employee must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at University of North Carolina campuses.

WCQS is only as vibrant and vital as the community we serve. That's why we are proud to partner with United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County this fall. The WCQS Membership Drive is on! Every gift pledged to WCQS by September 21st will be matched by a pool of generous sponsors to benefit the work of United Way.

Early voting schedules for the fall elections remain unresolved in at least one-quarter of North Carolina's counties following a federal court ruling that struck down key portions of the state's 2013 voter identification and ballot access law.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined Republican legislators acted with discriminatory intent toward black voters when they approved several provisions, including one that reduced the number of early voting days from a maximum of 17 days to ten.

Jeremy Loeb/WCQS

A federal judge has temporarily ruled that the University of North Carolina can't block two transgender students and an employee from using bathrooms that match their gender identity.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder on Friday partially granted a preliminary injunction to the students and the employee in response to their lawsuit challenging a state law limiting protections for LGBT people.

Republican Sen. Richard Burr drives alone, steering his white 2013 Hyundai sedan to dozens of factory tours and other North Carolina stops. If there's a TV camera or a reporter, he'll talk. If not, he'll move on.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The two major-party candidates for U.S. Senate in North Carolina have unveiled their first television ads for the fall election.

Republican incumbent Richard Burr's campaign says a commercial that started airing Tuesday highlights a black pastor who runs a Raleigh center designed to help children from low-income families learn science and math. The campaign says the center uses child-care subsidies — something Burr has worked on in the Senate.

Chuck Edwards Campaign/NC Senate

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican already running in November to succeed former Sen. Tom Apodaca will now serve the remainder of Apodaca's term through the end of the year.

Gov. Pat McCrory appointed business owner Chuck Edwards to the 48th Senate District seat covering Henderson and Transylvania counties and part of Buncombe County. Local GOP activists last week picked Edwards to complete Apodaca's two-year term after Apodaca resigned July 15. Apodaca had already announced last year he wasn't seeking re-election.

Ken Thomas

 

When we think about the Appalachian Mountains, what often comes to mind for many Americans is their natural beauty, their small towns, huge forests, their dueling banjos and the unique locals that pick away at them – whatever it is that comes to mind, it’s the product of a distinct culture and heritage, all its own—and for the last thirteen years, a private non-profit in Western North Carolina has worked to preserve just those things, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.

 

 

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival sponsors a Fringe night performance at Asheville's Crow & Quill on Lexington Avenue Wednesday evening at 8. The show will feature the wild improv dance group, The Accidentals.  Jim Julien of Asheville Fringe Arts Festival and Raj Bowers-Racine of The Accidentals were in the studio with Dick Kowal to talk about the performance and this January's 15th annual Festival.

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It's been an exciting week at WCQS, and the jewel in the crown was being named the #1 Local Radio Station (non-commercial)  in the Mtn X Best of WNC 2016. Thanks to the readers of Mountain Xpress for selecting WCQS, for the second year in a row! We are honored to serve the people of Western North Carolina. You will hear our thanks every day.

Congratulations to Eve Layman of Asheville! Eve is the winner of the 5th Annual Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle!  Our Grand Prize winner had the choice of either a 2016 Audi A3 or Q5. Eve selected the A3 and she's over the moon with her good fortune.

Our Grand Prize winner was selected at random and announced on air August 17, 2016. Our thanks to last year's winner, Mark Medlin, Audi Asheville manager, Charlie Shieren, WCQS General Manager, David Feingold and WCQS reporter, Helen Chickering for doing the honors.

  The Brevard Community Band, under the direction of Jamie Hafner, performs Sunday afternoon at 3 at the Porter Center for Performing Arts at Brevard College.  The concert is titled "Music for a Festival," and features saxophone soloist Joel Helfand  in addition to guest artists Timothy Shepherd, organ, and brass players from the Blue Ridge Symphonic Brass.

Jamie Hafner visited our studios to speak about the concert with Dick Kowal.

Davin Eldridge

 

"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods." - John Muir

 

Every year in the Smoky Mountains another visitor’s death makes the local news.

 

“What a scary experience, Gabriel Alexander was attacked while in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

 

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