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2:12 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Friday @2: Artists from the Brevard Music Center

The Brevard Music Center's new season is still a few months away, but you can hear musicians from the renowned institute and festival playing (and singing) live in our studios on the next Friday @2.

Friday's program will feature Soprello - a musical collaboration between BMC cellist Alistair MacRae and soprano Allison Pohl - as well as faculty member Dilshad Posnock, flute, and Jason Posnock, violinist and Director of Artistic Planning & Educational Programs.

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Politics
6:10 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Updated: NC House Taking Up Gay Marriage 'Opt-out' Bill

Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Updated Thursday 7:17 am

Clergy and advocates differ whether judicial officials are obligated by law to carry out civil same-sex marriages in North Carolina even if they object to gay marriage based on religious grounds.

Several people addressed Wednesday a House judiciary panel considering a Senate bill approved last week that would allow a magistrate or assistant or deputy register of deeds to refuse to carry out marriage duties.

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Politics
3:46 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Updated: NC House OKs Beefing Up Corporate Incentives Tools

NC Commerce Secretary John Skvarla
AP/Gerry Broome

Updated Thursday 7:24 am

An economic recruitment package sought by Gov. Pat McCrory and anchored by renewed funding for North Carolina's chief incentives tool has received initial approval by the full House.

The chamber voted 87-32 for the measure Wednesday, one day after it cleared the House's two largest committees.

McCrory's administration has said the Job Development Investment Grant was essentially out of money, and an influx is needed for North Carolina to compete with other states as corporations consider expanding.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Updated: House Gives Final Approval to its Gas Tax Change; Now Back to the Senate

David Schaper NPR

Updated Friday 7:10 am

The North Carolina House has agreed to restrain an impending cut in the state's gasoline tax to keep money flowing to road and bridge projects.

House lawmakers on Thursday approved letting the gas tax fall from the current 37.5 cents per gallon rate to 36 cents for the rest of 2015. Doing nothing would have meant the tax pegged to wholesale gas prices would likely drop below 30 cents per gallon, according to legislative analysts.

Some Democrats branded the legislation a tax increase.

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Politics
8:23 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Charlotte Rejects LGBT Anti-Discrimination Proposal

Two women pray before the city council meeting began
Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Charlotte has rejected a measure protecting people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation.

City Council voted Monday night against expanding the city's nondiscrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity to a list of protected groups. It also would have prohibited discrimination based on someone's marital and familial status.

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Politics
9:56 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Barber Says NC Gov's Wait on Insurance Expansion Bad Excuse

Rev. William Barber
Bob Geary via indyweek.com

The head of North Carolina's NAACP says Gov. Pat McCrory's plan to wait until at least summer before deciding whether to propose expanding health coverage to more uninsured people is a bad excuse not to act.

The Rev. William Barber said Monday that McCrory and legislative leaders keep "stonewalling" on Medicaid expansion.

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News
4:17 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

First Military Lawyer at Guantanamo to Speak at UNCA

The Air Force Colonel who put  together and supervised  the first  team of military lawyers that defended Guantanamo detainees says he isn't surprised the prison remains open.  Will A. Gunn was named Chief Defense Counsel in the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions in 2003.  Gunn is scheduled to speak at the University of North Carolina Asheville Thursday (3/5/15) at 12:30 in the University Humanities Lecture Hall.  He told David Hurand that he is surprised by the slow pace of military tribunals.  Gunn retired from the military in 2005. 

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Education
12:03 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

NC Public Universities Headed for Higher Tuition Next Year

Students at North Carolina's public universities will pay higher tuition and fees in the next couple of years after a one-year tuition freeze this year.

The governing board of the 16-campus University of North Carolina system on Friday approved requests by schools to raise the core cost of attendance.

North Carolina State University undergraduate students would see tuition rise next fall by $182 to $6,220, followed by another $187 increase the following year. UNC-Chapel Hill could charge an extra $225 in undergraduate tuition next fall to almost $6,650.

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Politics
11:46 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Chaotic Scene as UNC Board Votes Unanimously To Close Centers Over Student Protests

Student protesters inside the Spangler Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus during a Board of Governors work group meeting reviewing centers and institutes across the UNC system.
Jeff Tiberii/WUNC

The UNC Board of Governors has voted unanimously to close 3 academic centers, including one headed by a staunch GOP critic.  The vote came as protesters disrupted the meeting multiple times.  The Board moved the meeting to a smaller room after chanting forced a recess.  They then barred the protesters from entering, where, according to tweets from reporters on the scene, protesters banged on the doors demanding to be let back in.  They also reportedly began reading from North Carolina's open meetings laws.

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Arts and Culture
9:50 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

Thank goodness, the weekend  has arrived.  Tony is looking forward to the return of Webb Wilder "the last of the full grown men" to the area. Wilder hits the stage at Isis tonight (2/27).  Also tonight, Solas performs Shamrock City at Diana Wortham Theater.  There are plenty of Oscar nominated and Oscar winners on the big screen at area movie theaters, American Sniper, Birdman, The Imitation Game, Selma, Still Alice, and the Theory of Eveything.   A couple  of new arrivals of note, Focus with Will Smith and Mr. Turner.  Kick the winter blues and celebrate the weekend.

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