North Carolina's public university board is thinking about eliminating an anti-poverty center headed up by an outspoken critic of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican lawmakers he accuses of doing too little to help the poor.
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has sent Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch to the full Senate, but without the support of Freshman North Carolina Senator Tom Tillis. Twelve committee members voted to support President Obama's choice to replace Attorney General Eric Holder, including three Republicans. But after praising the nominee, Tillis voted no. Lynch was born in Greensboro, went to high school in Durham, and if confirmed would be the first African-American woman to serve as Attorney General.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will investigate whether lenient regulation by North Carolina's environmental agency of industrial hog operations harmed minority neighbors.
The Waterkeeper Alliance and other groups released a letter Wednesday stating the EPA will launch a civil rights investigation of North Carolina's Department of Environment and Natural Resources. DENR spokesman Drew Elliot says the state agency will provide any information EPA needs to investigate the complaint.
WCQS's Michelle Keenan picked up a couple of issues of Charlie Hebdo during her trip to Paris. The satirical magazine was the target of a terrorist attack in Paris, France on January 7, 2015. Two radicals with assault rifles stormed the magazine headquarters and killed 11 staff members and injured 11 others in apparent retaliation for the magazine's depiction of Muhammed, which is forbidden in some interpretations of Islam. That spawned a rallying cry of "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie") across the globe.
The North Carolina Senate has approved a bill that would allow magistrates and register of deeds staffers to recuse themselves from performing weddings if they oppose same-sex marriages. Thirty-two State Senators voted in favor of the bill, 16 opposed. Advocates for gay marriage called the bill discriminatory and charged the bill treats gay and lesbian couples as second class citizens. Aaron Sarver is with The Campaign for Southern Equality. He spoke with David Hurand…..
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning effective until 7:00 am Thursday morning. WCQS weather expert Ed Brotak spoke with David Hurand about the latest round of winter weather and the real possibility of a few inches of snow in the mountains and beyond.
House Republicans have rolled out an economic development package they hope will help Governor Pat McCrory recruit more companies and jobs to North Carolina.
The long-awaited measure filed Tuesday would increase the cap on what's now called the Job Development Investment Grant program, which makes payments to qualifying companies based on a portion of income taxes paid by hired workers.
The effects of the great recession that hit the U.S. in 2008 have eased and the national unemployment rate has dropped to around six percent. But for many Americans wages have remained about where they were in 2007. In fact, wages haven't changed much since 2000. David Forbes is a local journalist and editor of the Asheville Blade, a reader supported on line news service. He spoke with David Hurand about local wages and the future of organized labor in Western North Carolina.