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If you're a fan of RadioLab or Invisibilia you may want to check out Cast Party Tuesday night at a theatre near you.

In an recent interview with the Associated Press Garrison Keillor says he plans to step down as host of A Prairie Home Companion (APHC) after the 2015-2016 season. The 72 year old said, "I have a lot of other things that I want to do. I mean, nobody retires anymore. Writers never retire. But this is my last season. This tour this summer is the farewell tour."

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Folkmoot USA runs through July 26th.  Each year the international folk festival welcomes folk dancers from different countries for performance  across Western North Carolina.  Asheville events include a performance July 26 at Diana Wortham Theater.

wral.com

 A divided state Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Republican-backed program that spends taxpayer money on tuition for students at private and religious schools.

The 4-3 decision issued Thursday split North Carolina's highest court along party lines, reversing a lower court ruling declaring the state's Opportunity Scholarships unconstitutional.

As the federal trial over North Carolina's election overhaul continues in Winston-Salem this week, one word has come up over and over again: disenfranchised. The U.S. Justice Department, the state NAACP and others contend the changes disenfranchised some African-Americans in 2014.

greensboro.com

 A North Carolina senator has introduced a plan to block state agencies from acting on expected Environmental Protection Agency rules to curb emissions from power plants until the rules make it through expected long legal challenges.

Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, took action Wednesday against the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which was announced by the Obama administration last year. It's expected to require states to develop their own plans to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent of 2005 levels. A final version of the plan is expected next month. 

Jeremy Loeb

embers of the North Carolina House and Senate will form a committee to tackle numerous proposed changes to the state's environmental regulations in hopes of reaching a set of compromises before the end of the summer.

The House formally voted on Wednesday to reject Senate changes to a regulatory reform bill which included new rules regarding air and water pollution, as well as less environmental issues such as ATV ridership.

More than 30 activists, lobbyists and attorneys gave public comment on the bill Tuesday, with many expressing concerns about health and pollution.

 North Carolina's jobless rate has inched up for the fourth month as it diverges from the declining national rate.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce said Tuesday that the unemployment rate for June was 5.8 percent, a slight increase from the previous month. The May rate was 5.7 percent.

Nationally, unemployment fell to 5.3 percent representing the third month it was lower that North Carolina's.

Seasonally adjusted figures show the state's labor force grew slightly since May. The growing workforce has been a positive sign for the state's economy.

wral.com

Governor Pat McCrory says he will veto a Senate bill to redistribute more sales dollars to rural North Carolina counties, a promise which prompted a bitter response from the bill's Republican sponsor.

McCrory released a statement Tuesday saying he would veto the bill, which has not yet passed a committee vote. The statement says that instead of sales taxes, the Senate should be focused on the governor's plan to borrow money to fund infrastructure and road development across the state.

warren-wilson.edu

Warren Wilson College has joined a growing number of colleges and universities that now allow students to choose whether or  not to submit their S.A.T OR A.C.T exam scores as part of their application for admission.  According to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing more than 800 accredited schools offering bachelor’s degrees, including more than one-third of the top-ranked liberal arts colleges, have test-optional policies.

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