Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Dinosaurs have taken over the big screen!  Jurassic World and its 3D special effects has arrived at area theaters. The film is the fourth in the Jurassic series.  The story of the Beach Boys, Love and Mercy has also arrived.  The film stars John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks and there are several animated films appropriate for children.  The Indigo Girls, with their band, will rock the Orange Peel June 23rd, and Nigerian legend Kinny Sunny Ade makes his way to Western North Carolina with an appearance at New Mountain Amphitheater, June 24th.

The Brevard Music Center (BMC) announced today that virtuoso violinist Sarah Chang will open its 79th season on Saturday, June 20 at 6PM at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. Ms. Chang replaces pianist André Watts, whose sudden illness necessitated a cancellation of his BMC opening night performance. Ms. Chang will perform Bruch’s exquisite Violin Concerto No. 1, considered by many to be the German composer’s most famous and celebrated composition.

Nearly three hours of additional House debate on a bill easing some North Carolina concealed weapons restrictions and streamlining pistol purchase permit applications with local sheriffs did little to change the final result.

The House gave its final approval late Wednesday to the measure by a vote of 78-37 — the same margin when the chamber gave it tentative approval Tuesday. The bill now goes to the Senate.

Duke Energy officials say planning continues for three new electricity substations to supply power to a growing downtown Asheville. 

The utility hasn't added a new substation for the area since the 1970s.  The utility has bought three parcels of land in and around downtown.  One of the proposed substations is on property next to a city school.  A group of parents of children at Isaac Dickson Elementary is concerned about the health and safety of their children and is urging the utility to reconsider the site.

Leaders at Camp Lejeune and the military are reacting to sea-level rise not because it’s politically prudent to do so. They have a mission, and that means dealing with the conditions on the ground.

Just before Josh Jourdan was deployed for active duty, we learned that Dick Kowal and WCQS were being awarded a special commendation. The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an extension of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, recognized Dick Kowal and WCQS as a Patriotic Employer for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America's National Guard and Reserve force.

Representative Brian Turner says he's optimistic the General Assembly will approve an increase in the occupancy tax which stands at 4%.  The General Assembly approved  local occupancy taxes more than thirty years ago.

As you stroll out toward the end of the Rodanthe Fishing Pier, it is impossible not to notice that it’s not entirely straight. It goes a little bit up. It goes a little bit down. The pier jogs a little to the right and left in different places. A few boards are loose, too, and it’s mighty windy. In other words, it’s not perfect, but for Terry Plumblee, being here is a lifelong dream come true.

The North Carolina Association of Educators is hailing a State Court of Appeals ruling that protects the career status of veteran teachers.  The Appeals Court opinion affirms a lower court ruling made last summer. While teachers are pleased with the 2-1 court decision, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger say they are reviewing the decision and considering their options.

North Carolina's governor says he'll sign a bill that would make the state one of several with a 72-hour waiting period for abortions.

The state House gave final approval to the bill Wednesday, sending it to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's desk.

McCrory issued a statement several hours later saying that he's pleased with how the bill developed in the legislature over the past few days.

The bill adds other rules for doctors and clinics that perform abortions and includes several unrelated criminal justice measures.