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Western North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows says he’d like to see GOP leadership in the House follow that of the Senate and delay their scheduled August recess.  The reason – Congress has passed very little of President Trump or the Republican Party’s legislative priorities.  That includes repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.  Meadows says he doesn’t understand why the Senate cannot pass a bill, even if it’s one

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The North Carolina General Assembly has been adjourned for almost two weeks.  Dozens of bills passed by lawmakers in the final days of this year’s session await a signature from Governor Roy Cooper before becoming law.  Some affect drivers in the state.

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Donald Trump Jr. tweeted images of emails regarding his 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer on Tuesday. An intermediary said he could connect Trump Jr. with people who had information "that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton]... and would be very useful to your father." Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting, which former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner also attended in June 2016.

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The head of Buncombe County’s Republican Party wants to debate.  He’ll even put some money up for it.  Dr. Carl Mumpower says he’ll debate anyone, as long as there’s some kind of structure and rules for the discourse.  And to sweeten the pot, he’ll make a $100 contribution to charity for each debate that happens.

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Recycling is taking on a whole new meaning in the town of Highlands, thanks to some local businesses – who have donated what they’ve taken in to an international artist whose creating his latest project in a prominent place in town.  

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This week, Republicans in Congress will try to rally votes behind a bill that proposes major changes to the way Americans get health care and how much they pay. In North Carolina, well over 1-million people could be affected. Use this Q&A to explore how the bill would affect you.

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A local community college is going for gold.  The  five member culinary team from A-B Tech in Asheville won its tenth regional title and is now competing for the national honor. 

The FBI arrested seven Cherokee residents last month following an investigation into marriage fraud, and authorities are still looking for four others they allege were involved. BPR’s Davin Eldridge has more…

A new book looking at North Carolina's job market shows that it's growing, but so to is the divide between high and low paying jobs.

Infighting in political parties is nothing new.  But Haywood County Republicans have taken it to a new level with a so-called 'disloyalty' resolution targeting certain members of the party.  Smoky Mountain News reporter Corey Vaillancourt joined BPR's Matt Bush in studio to discuss the latest.

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Mission Health says it may stop accepting Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance later this year, a major decision that would affect thousands throughout Western North Carolina.  Mission said in a statement that if no agreement is reached by October 4th, Blue Cross Blue Shield members would not have ‘in-network’ access to its facilities.  That means patients would have to seek care elsewhere, or pay more out of pocket. 

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The need for safety between buyers and sellers on websites like Craigslist is essential.  But it’s not always guaranteed. One Western North Carolina town is on a quest to provide that safety.

Start your engines!  Blue Ridge Public Radio's 6th annual Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle starts Friday, July 7! $100 could put you in a 2018 Audi A3 or 2017 VW Golf Alltrack from Harmony Motors.  You choose the car. You choose the color. Only 999 tickets will be sold, and the deadline to enter is August 3, 2017. 

The lucky winner will get to choose between the following vehicle prize packages:

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Speaking to BPR a day after the legislature passed a bill forcing districts for Asheville city council members, mayor Esther Manheimer said there is a legal strategy in place to deal with them.  Manheimer said the issue would need to be discussed at the next council meeting on July 25th.

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1.34 million North Carolinians could lose health insurance if the Senate health care bill became law, according to the liberal think-tank the Center for American Progress.  The group evaluated numbers by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office that found 22 million Americans could lose health coverage under the Senate plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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