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7:39 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Carolinas Clear First Proposals for Offshore Oil Surveys

AP PHOTO/GERALD HERBERT

State regulators in both Carolinas have signed off on proposals by companies to conduct seismic testing for oil and natural gas off the Atlantic coast, subject to some conditions.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control last Friday certified a proposal by Spectrum GEO. Earlier the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources certified proposals for surveying by both Spectrum and GX Technology.

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Politics
6:54 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Equality NC Opposed to Magistrate, Religious Freedom Bills

Emily Jan/NPR

Representatives of Equality North Carolina are preparing to return to Raleigh for this year's Day of Action event at the Legislative Building and to talk with legislators.

A lot has happened the state's leading gay rights group held its formal lobbying day at the General Assembly last year.

Gay rights activists have been heartened since October court rulings legalized same-sex marriage in North Carolina, although the U.S. Supreme Court is now examining whether gay couples have the right to marry.

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Politics
6:37 am
Tue May 5, 2015

NC Lawmakers Rely Less on Gas Tax With Road Money Proposal

David Schaper NPR

Some North Carolina lawmakers have a remedy for the state's transportation funding shortfall. They want to rely less on the gasoline tax and more on higher car sales taxes, driving and insurance fees.

The House Transportation Committee wants to talk Tuesday about legislation filed by the panel's chairmen. No votes are scheduled. The meeting will likely prove a barometer for Republican leaders as to whether colleagues are interested in pressing forward.

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Environment
11:38 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Updated: NC House OKs Freezing Renewable Energy Demands on Utilities

ncsolarnow.com

Updated at 11:30 pm Wednesday

An effort to freeze the percentage of retail electricity sales North Carolina utilities must create through renewable sources and efficiency efforts has passed the state House.

Lawmakers in the House gave final approval Wednesday to their version of the annual "regulatory reform" bill, which also includes a provision conservation groups argue will discourage solar project construction.

The measure sets the retail sales percentage at 6 percent. A 2007 law has it growing to as high as 12.5 percent.

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Station News
5:37 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Vote for WCQS - "Best Local Radio Station"

Credit http://mountainx.com/bestofwnc/

It's that time of year again - time to cast your vote in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC 2015" readers poll. Once a year, thousands of residents and visitors celebrate what’s best and brightest about a very wonderful place — Western North Carolina. Let your passion for public radio shine and your voice of support for public radio be heard and and cast your vote for WCQS!

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Environment
10:25 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Alison Arnold Gardening Tips

Buncombe County Agricultural Extension Agent Alison Arnold offers great gardening advice.

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Arts and Culture
9:40 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Friday @2: The Jason DeCristofaro Trio

Listen this afternoon at 2 for another live performance from our studios when Jason DeCristofaro, bassist Daniel Iannucci, and drummer Micah Thomas join Dick Kowal for Friday @2.

Jason is a jazz vibraphonist, teacher and composer. He just released two new recordings last week and he'll give us a sampling of both.

That's the Jason DeCristofaro Trio, this afternoon on Friday @2.

Arts and Culture
8:55 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Its time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with music, crafts, and cocktails.   Tickets are now on sale for  for the upcoming LEAF Festival. Speaking of tickets;  theline up for the  Biltmore Estate Summer Concert Series has been announced and tickets go on sale mid week.  

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Environment
11:05 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Air Agency Reviews Duke Energy Emissions Permit

Area environmental groups are urging the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency to tighten air pollution standards at Duke Energy's Skyland plant.  Every five years the agency reviews emission standards at the plant.  This week the public had an opportunity to weigh in on the issue at a pubic meeting held at Erwin High School.   The Sierra Club and other environmental groups charge the draft permit is  weak and are urging the  air quality agency to tighten emission standards specifically for sulfur dioxide.

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Environment
5:58 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Renewable Energy Requirements Weakened in NC House Vote

wral.com

Environmental regulations were rolled back on multiple fronts last night at the legislature.

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