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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.