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7:03 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Demonstrators Ask McCrory to Stop New Abortion Bill

wral.com

Abortion-rights advocates have returned to the Executive Mansion to urge North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to block a bill that would extend the waiting period for the procedure from 24 hours to 72 hours.

Representatives of Planned Parenthood and other groups held a news conference Monday across from the governor's home. The measure approved by the House and now in the Senate also requires doctors to give regulators more details about certain abortions performed.

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Economy
4:26 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Manna FoodBank Works to Meet Growing Demand

Last year Manna FoodBank  distributed 15 million pounds of food to those in need across Western North 

  Carolina.  Officials with Manna say they also turned away over half a million pounds of food that it could have distributed to the hungry in 16 counties.  Manna recently launched a Capital Campaign it hopes will enable it to expand its services to meet the growing demand for food.  David Hurand spoke with the Co-Chairs of the campaign, multi-talented artist David Holt and former Manna Board member Brad Searson about the campaign and hunger in Western North Carolina.

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Business
7:08 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Volvo Chooses South Carolina for New $500M Auto Plant

News & Observer

Volvo Cars will build a $500 million plant in South Carolina that will eventually employ up to 4,000 people.

The company announced Monday morning that the plant about 30 miles from the Port of Charleston is expected to make about 100,000 vehicles a year, initially.

The company says it expects to employ about 2,000 people at the Berkeley County plant over the next decade. That could grow to 4,000 workers eventually.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley planned a news conference later Monday morning to formally announce Volvo's decision.

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Politics
5:26 am
Mon May 11, 2015

NC Chapter of NAACP to Question State on Voter Registration

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The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP wants the state to answer to what it says is a low number of voter registration applications the state has received from public assistance agencies in the last three years.

Chapter leaders and the Forward Together Moral Movement say they plan to visit the Department of Administration on Monday to submit a public records request regarding the records.

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Station News
2:16 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Tonight on Country Roots: Live Music From the WCQS Studios

The Bread and Butter Band perform live on Country Roots, May 10th.
Credit courtesy of The Bread and Butter Band

Tune in to Country Roots tonight at 7 when Wayne Erbsen welcomes The Bread and Butter Band and The Riverbend Ramblers live from the Vetust Study Club Performance Studio at WCQS.

The Bread and Butter Band are former Warren Wilson students and The Riverbend Ramblers are current Warren Wilson students.

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Station News
7:57 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

The Moth Radio Hour: Mother, Mommy, Mama, Mom

Molly Ringwald
Credit Jason Falchook

Tune in Saturday at 3 and Sunday at 6 for a Mother's Day edition from The Moth Radio Hour.

Molly Ringwald finds herself in the principal's office with her daughter, a young man navigates life with his single mom, a boy who loves Barbies is terrified at the thought of playing tackle football, and a daughter contemplates how to face her mother’s death with grace. Hosted by the Moth’s Artistic Director Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

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Politics
3:33 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Asheville Property Owners May Pay More in Property Taxes

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer

Asheville Property owners may soon pay more in property taxes.  City officials are working on a new fiscal year budget that calls for a property tax hike.  Members of the Council of Independent Business Owners (CIBO) were briefed  on development of the budget by Barbara Whitehorn,  Chief Financial Officer and  Mayor Esther Manheimer.  City officials say the General Assembly is to blame for the proposed property tax increase.  Following the morning meeting the Mayor spoke with David Hurand .

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Arts and Culture
8:55 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

The sold out Lake Eden Arts Festival,  LEAF takes place this weekend in Black Mountain.  Downtown Marshall plays host to Mama Mia!  The street festival features music, arts, and hands on workshops, noon to four May 9th.  The Whole Bloomin Thing Spring Frestival features locally grown plants, art, food, and music May 9th from 10-5 pm.

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9:30 am
Thu May 7, 2015

CO2 Levels Reach Monthly Record

Global carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations have reached a new monthly record of 400 parts per million, according to scientists. The milestone was announced by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa). They said it was the first month that the entire globe broke 400ppm, reaching levels that haven't been seen for about two million years. Noaa's Pieter Tans said that reaching the mark was "a significant milestone". Scientists announced that CO2 had passed the 400 ppm level for the first time in the Arctic in 2012, and then at Mauna Loa in Hawaii in 2013. "It was only a matter of time that we would average 400 parts per million globally," said Mr Tans, lead scientist at Noaa's Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network. He added that CO2 has risen more than 120 parts per million since pre-industrial times. "Half of that rise has occurred since 1980," he said. Noaa collects its data on global carbon dioxide concentration on air samples taken from 40 sites around the world, including some remote islands.
From the section Science & Environment Global carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations have reached a new monthly record of 400 parts per million, according to scientists. The milestone was announced by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa). They said it was the first month that the entire globe broke 400ppm, reaching levels that haven't been seen for about two million years.
Environment
6:00 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Telescoped Sea Level Rise Report Released

Sea level rise is already impacting some coastal areas; Rodanthe in the Outer Banks of North Carolina is pictured.
Andrew Kemp, Yale University

The Science Panel of the Coastal Resources Commission has released a new sea level report.  The first report, released in 2010, looked 90 years down the road and predicted sea level along the North Carolina coast would rise as much as 39 inches As one might expect. developers, many property owners, and coastal area elected officials were critical of the report.  The North Carolina General Assembly responded by passing a law that blocked the use of the report in any new land use planning rules and regulations.

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