Governor Pat McCrory has signed the state’s $21.7 billion budget into law.  After struggling for  months to reach a compromise the house voted 80-35 very late Thursday (9/17)  to pass the new fiscal year budget.  The State Senate adopted the plan Wednesday.  Nearly a dozen house Democrats supported the budget.  Buncombe County Democrat Brian Turner of the 116 District voted no.  Representative Turner told David Hurand he found a couple of key provisions of the budget unacceptable and harmful to the people of his District.

Listen today at 2 for another live performance from our studios. Music Director Dick Kowal welcomes jazz pianist Bill Bares and singer, drummer and band-leader Russ Wilson. The duo will play some jazz classics drawn from the great American songbook.

That's Friday @2, this afternoon on WCQS. Don't miss it!

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Its a big fall  weekend for festivals and the great Lisa Fisher takes the stage (9/18) for a sold out performance at Diana Wortham Theater.  The Mountain State Fair continues its run at the NC Agricultural Center just down the road from the Asheville Regional Airport.  

MillerCoors announced this week it will close its Eden, North Carolina brewery in September 2016.  The brewery has been part of the community for nearly 40 years.  More than five hundred workers will be laid off.  Also  this week, Budweiser, maker of Anheuser-Busch InBev announced it will buy Miller.  If the deal  goes through it would unite two of the world's largest beer makers.  David Hurand spoke with Sierra Nevada Mills River Beer Ambassador Bill Mandley.

The North Carolina General Assembly is close to finalizing a nearly $22 billion dollar fiscal year budget.  The President of the North Carolina Association of Educators says when it comes to spending on K-12 education, the plan falls far short of what is needed.  State lawmakers did include a boost in pay for first year teachers and Rodney Ellis says that's about the extent of the good news. 

After giving speeches in Georgia and South Carolina over the weekend, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders got on stage in front of a crowd of more than nine thousand people in Greensboro Sunday evening.

Join us Tuesday morning at 10 and Thursday evening at 8 for our broadcast of the Asheville Symphony’s May 9 concert.  As the ASO prepares for the opening night concert of its 2015-2016 season Saturday, September 19th, we’ll bring you the final concert of last season.  The soloist is saxophonist Joe Lulloff, and he joins the symphony in Claude Debussy’s Rapsodie for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige Suite, and Darius Milhaud’s Scaramouche. After intermission, the orchestra plays Maurice Ravel’s Suites from his ballet Daphnis and Chloe. 

The Moth Radio Hour can be heard on WCQS, Sunday nights at 6, beginning October 4th. The Moth Radio Hour features the most beloved tales and the stories behind the stories from The Moth main stage and StorySLAM events. WCQS previously broadcast The Moth Radio Hour as a limited run series over the years, and is delighted to be able to add the program as a part of the weekly line up.

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The North Carolina Mountain State Fair runs through September 20th at the WNC Agricultural Center near the Asheville Regional Airport. Goombay Festival  returns to downtown Asheville Friday through Sunday.

Commissioners and City Council members passed separate, but nearly identical resolutions urging Duke Energy to do everything possible to limit the impact of a planned 45 mile transmission line.  Twenty-five miles of the line will run through Henderson  County.  Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk is worried the Foothills 230 KV Transmission Line Project has the potential to adversely affect property values, the environment, and the quality of life for residents of the city and the county.  Commissioner Michael Edney agreed and both  told David Hurand they want an independent analysis of the n