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In a Sunday afternoon concert, the Asheville Chamber Music Series will present the Doric String Quartet with pianist Jonathan Biss playing chamber music by Haydn, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Johannes Brahms.

Dick Kowal spoke with Mary Holmes, board member of the ACMS, about this weekend's concert.

  

Immediate Theatre Company and NC Stage Company present Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," opening Wednesday, April 6th

Dick Kowal spoke with producer Willie Repoley and Director Hans Meyer about this powerful and "entertaining" drama which opened on Broadway in 1962.

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 The approaching end of the traditional school year will also see a respected and honored Asheville  Elementary school principal leaving his position for a job with North Carolina Outward Bound.  Principal Gordon Grant spoke with David  Hurand.

 

 

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Updated:  5/4

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The U.S. Justice Department says a North Carolina law that limits protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws.

The Obama Administration agency on Wednesday put North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on notice that that state officials must confirm by Monday that they will not comply with or implement the law called House Bill 2.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update: Last Call

Mar 25, 2016
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

For nearly thirty years Asheville Citizen Times  reporter  Tony Kiss has stopped by WCQS to chat with David Hurand about some of what's happening in Western North Carolina.  This week's conversation marks the final broadcast of their quirky on-air partnership.  High on Tony's list this week  a new film starring Sally Field, Hello, My Name is Doris and Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice, starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.

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 Corporations have expressed disappointment and the NCAA has vowed to watch what North Carolina does next now that the state has banned local government measures protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  RedHat, American Airlines, IBM, Biogen and PayPal were among major employers condemning the new law yesterday.  The legislature called a special session Wednesday to void a Charlotte ordinance that would have enabled transgender people to legally use restrooms aligned with their gender identity, and would have provided broad protections a

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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has signed legislation designed to rein in local governments passing their own anti-discrimination rules.

McCrory's office confirmed he signed the law late Wednesday night, hours after the legislature finalized the bill in a one-day work session.

Lawmakers returned to Raleigh because a Charlotte City Council ordinance was supposed to take effect April 1 that expanded protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity for treatment at hotels and restaurants.

North Carolina Democratic Party Chairwoman Patsy Keever of Asheville blasted General Assembly Republicans for calling a special session over Charlotte's anti-discrimination measure.  Charlotte recently passed a measure banning discrimination in city facilities.

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Updated 03/22/16 at 9:45 am

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Firefighters have been busy the past few days fighting a number of wildfires in western North Carolina.  A 50-acre blaze near Fairview is mostly contained.  A 165-acre fire is on the McDowell-Rutherford County line.  Michael Cheek of the North Carolina Forest Service says there were an additional 15 to 20 smaller fires yesterday.  But he says that's not unusual this time of year.

Cheek says people should be careful burning debris, especially while it's dry.  Rain is in the forecast for this weekend and Cheek says people should hold off on burns until after the ground is wetter. 

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