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5:30 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

Buncombe County Lags Rest of NC in Child Vaccination Rate

State Sen. Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe) is sponsoring a bill to get rid of religious exemptions from immunizations
Mountain XPress

State figures show a rise in the rate of children in Buncombe County opting out of required vaccinations.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that about one in 20 kindergarten students at the beginning of this school year had opted out of immunization, a higher percentage than the previous year. Almost all claimed religious beliefs.

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Arts and Culture
10:20 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

Another weekend with a myriad of entertainment offerings has arrived.  High on Tony's list, prize winning Choreographer Kyle Abraham and his dance company, Abraham in Motion.  The New York based company preforms at Diana Wortham Theater March 24th and 25th.  The company will perform "When the Wolves Came in"  which was inspired by the music of jazz drummer Max Roach.   The Asheville Amadeus Festival continues through Sunday 3/22.

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Politics
8:26 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Medical Marijuana Bill Supporters Gather at NC Legislature

Jeff Barnard/AP

Supporters of the legal use of medical marijuana in North Carolina are trying to persuade lawmakers to back it now that more than 20 states have similar laws.

Multiple media outlets reported more than 100 people rallied Thursday at the Legislative Building for a medical cannabis law. Chief bill sponsor Rep. Kelly Alexander of Charlotte says momentum is growing for the idea. There are 14 other bill co-sponsors. But the measure still faces an uphill climb in the House. It would have to clear five committees to reach the chamber floor.

Politics
8:09 am
Fri March 20, 2015

NC House Elects 5 Newcomers, 3 Incumbents to UNC Board

UNC Board of Governors
wncn.com

The state House's picks to serve on the University of North Carolina governing board for the next four years include five newcomers and three incumbents.

The chamber elected eight people to the 32-member UNC Board of Governors, as it does every other year.

New members include former state Rep. Pearl Burris-Floyd; ex-Rutherford County Sheriff Philip Byers; accountant Walter Davenport; attorney Joe Knott III; and land developer Alex Mitchell. Re-elected were James Holmes Jr., Mary Ann Maxwell and David Powers

The Senate picked eight members Wednesday.

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Politics
7:56 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

NC Senate Elects 4 Incumbents, 4 New Members of UNC Board, Including Former Sen. Goolsby

Former NC Sen. Thom Goolsby
twitter.com/goolsbyncsenate

A former state senator, federal magistrate judge and president of an auto parts company are among the newest members of the University of North Carolina system's governing board.

The state Senate elected eight people Wednesday to the 32-member UNC Board of Governors for four-year terms starting July 1. The House is expected to hold its similar biennial election Thursday.

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Arts and Culture
5:39 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

WNC Story Teller Honored by Library of Congress

Local storyteller Connie Regan Blake

The more than 45 year career of Western North Carolina performance story-teller Connie Regan-Blake will be documented and stored at the Library of Congress.   David Hurand spoke with Connie Regan-Blake about her most recent honor. 

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Politics
11:31 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Sunshine Week: Call for Government Transparency

Sunshine Week began Sunday March 15th. To some the 15th is the Ides of March, to others it represents the annual push by media outlets and open-government advocates for transparency.  Recently, the On-Line Investigative reporting service Carolina Public Press surveyed 18 WNC counties about closed sessions held by their boards of commissioners.  David Hurand spoke with CPP reporter Jon Elliston.

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Environment
7:04 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Fracking Rules Take Effect as Changes Are Signed into Law

An exploratory well drills for oil in the Monterey Shale, California, April 29, 2013.
Lucy Nicholson/ Reuters/ Landov via stateimpact.npr.org

 Rules governing the hydraulic fracturing method for drilling natural gas are expected to take effect Tuesday.

The set of 120 rules was developed by the state Mining and Energy Commission over nearly two years and approved in December by a separate state panel.

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Station News
1:17 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Asheville Amadeus Festival

The Asheville Amadeus Festival is March 17th through the 22nd! Listen at 1:06 each day this week as our friends from participating organizations visit with Dick Kowal to talk about their various productions and presentations. Whether it's Highland Brewing Company's Wolfgang 1756 or the finale concert with Emanuel Ax, Daniel Meyer and the ASO, you can hear about it on WCQS.

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Politics
7:03 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Requests for NC Public Records Results in Long Waits, Fees

Governor Pat McCrory
AP Photo

In July 2013, the office of Gov. Pat McCrory announced the sudden resignation of his public safety secretary after only six months on the job.

The statement said Kieran Shanahan was leaving to spend more time with his wife and focus on his law firm, but persistent whispers around the state capital suggested there was more to the story.

In response, The Associated Press filed a public records request that September for emails Shanahan sent or received while secretary.

Nearly 19 months later, AP is still waiting.

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