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Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony drops  by for a look at what's happening in Western North Carolina.  High on his list, the headliners for the October LEAF Festival Aaron Neville, Charmaine Neville, Presservation Hall, Dumstaphunk x 2, and Cedric Watson, just to name a few of the musicians headed to WNC in the fall.

Lynne Harty

Listen for Friday's The State of Things with Frank Stasio when the musical guests will be "The Three Davids,"David Holt, David Wilcox and David LaMotte.  Following a sold-old debut at Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, the trio will be performing at the Cary Arts Center on Saturday.

The Three Davids will be in our studios Friday for broadcast on The State of Things, airing at noon each weekday on WCQS.

Greensboro News & Record

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory says fellow Republicans in the Legislature didn't follow their conservative roots when they approved a bill changing the Greensboro City Council.

The bill draws new district maps for electing council members in North Carolina's third largest city.   The mayor will no longer be able to vote in most cases.

The CVS Health Corporation said on Tuesday that it would resign from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce after revelations that the chamber and its foreign affiliates were undertaking a global lobbying campaign against antismoking laws. CVS, which last year stopped selling tobacco products in its stores, said the lobbying activity ran counter to its mission to improve public health.

AP

Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Durham-based Burt's Bees who co-founded the natural cosmetics company before it sold to Clorox, has died. He was 80.

A spokeswoman for Burt's Bees says Shavtiz died Sunday at his home in rural Maine, surrounded by family and friends.

Shavitz was a hippie making a living by selling honey when his life was altered by a chance encounter with a hitchhiking Roxanne Quimby. She was a single mother and a back-to-the-lander who impressed Shavitz with her ingenuity.

Matt Born/AP

 North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory says fellow Republicans in the Legislature didn't follow their conservative roots when they approved a bill changing the Greensboro City Council.

The bill passed last week draws new district maps for electing council members in North Carolina's third largest city. The mayor will no longer be able to vote in most cases. City leaders also will be unable to redraw maps on their own following the next census.

Morning Edition's annual reading of the Declaration of Independence has become an annual tradition. To hear the words in our founding fathers as read by the familiar voices of NPR is quite a wonderful thing.

You can listen to it and savor those mighty words here.

Frank Stasio and the folks at The State of Things are taking July 3rd off in celebration of the July 4th holiday. So in keeping with our July 4th celebration WCQS will air an Independence Day celebratory special from America's Test Kitchen - July 4th Beer Special: The Amazing History, Lore and Science of America's Favorite Drink.

For more than twenty years Outward Bound has been offering wilderness courses for  war veterans.  The various programs are designed to help veterans rejoin civilian life.  The first courses for veterans were the result of a partnership between Outward Bound and the Veterans Administration for service members who served in Viet Nam.  David Hurand recently spoke with Matt Rosky about the program. Rosky is Veterans and Service Members Manager at North Carolina Outward Bound.  The interview was recorded at NC Outward Bound in Swannanoa.

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