As you may have heard, the President recently signed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 into law. Among its provisions, the law extends the Charitable IRA Rollover for 2014. This means that individuals age 70 ½ or older are authorized to make tax-free distributions from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) of up to $100,000 to qualified charitable organizations. While these Qualified Charitable Distributions are not tax deductible, they do offer substantial advantages.
The calendar indicates that winter arrived about a week ago but temperatures remain in the rather mild. That's not necessarily good news for the growing interest in winter sports in Western North Carolina. David Hurand spoke with Mt. Xpress reporter Jake Frankel about the expanding financial commitment on the part of various ski areas in Western North Carolina.
The post Christmas weekend has arrived and with New Year's Eve on the horizon there is plenty to do in the region. Tony Kiss takes a look at many of the new films that have arrived at area theaters, the music scene, and live theater. Check it out.
It's a big weekend for new movies. Three highly anticipated films have arrived, The Imitation Game, Wild, and Unbroken. There's also plenty of live theater and lots of holiday related performances happening in the region. The Nutcracker will be performed at Diana Wortham Theater. Tony takes a look at some of what is happening in the area.
A new county by county analysis of the General Assembly's decision not to expand Medicaid eligibility indicates it has cost the state 22 billion dollars and thousands of jobs. The study was funded by George Washington University and the Cone Foundation. Leighton Ku is a Professor of Public Health Policy and the lead author of the report. He spoke with David Hurand.
A former Assistant District attorney in Buncombe County has apparently refused to answer questions in a law suit that is being heard before a federal judge. The suit was brought against the county and former Sheriff Bobby Medford. Medford is serving time in federal prison after being found guilty on several corruption charges unrelated to the law suit. Asheville Citizen Times reporter Jon Ostendorff has been following thecase. He spoke with David Hurand.
Fans of Downton Abbey take note! Lex 18 is hosting an intimate interactive banquet dinner experience followed by the live broadcast of Downton Abbey on Sundays beginning January 4, 2015 thru March 1, 2015. A portion of each evening's proceeds will benefit WCQS.
On December 9th WCQS held a 1 day drive to kick-off our year end giving campaign. In the spirit of the season a matching gift challenge to benefit Homeward Bound was also offered. $10,000 by noon that day meant $10,000 for Homeward Bound, thanks to the generosity of our challenge sponsors, PlumDog Financial and Blue Ridge X-Ray. Listeners met the goal! We and the folks at Homeward Bound thank you!