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Selma 50
9:33 am
Mon March 9, 2015

50 Years After Selma, Asheville Man Returns to Pay Tribute

Robert Zachary outside WCQS in Asheville in January 2015
Jeremy Loeb

65 year-old Robert Zachary grew up in Anniston, Alabama during some of the most significant moments of the civil rights movement.  Now he's returning to Alabama, 50 years after Bloody Sunday and the march from Selma to Montgomery.  There he'll pay tribute to those who walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, despite violence and bloodshed, for their right to vote.  In this 90 minute conversation, Zachary shared with me his story and memories, and his thoughts on where we were then in terms of civil rights, and where we are now. 

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Transportation
7:04 am
Mon March 9, 2015

NC Seeks Public Comment on 10-Year Transportation Plan

Dave DeWitt; North Carolina Public Radio WUNC

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on its proposed 10-year, $15 billion State Transportation Improvement Program.

The agency website notes that the plan unveiled in December envisions more than a thousand transportation projects with projects in all 100 North Carolina counties.

The department said in a release that residents can comment on the plan through the agency's Mindmixer computer portal.

Environment
11:18 am
Sun March 8, 2015

Duke Pollution Could Continue Under Proposed Permits

Associated Press

Duke Energy could legally leak pollutants from some of its coal ash dumps under new wastewater permits proposed by North Carolina regulators.

On Friday, just days after federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against Duke over the leaks, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued new draft permits for three of Duke's coal ash sites. More are to follow.

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Politics
7:16 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Quick Look at 1st Year of McCrory's 2-Year Budget Plan

AP Photo

Highlights of Gov. Pat McCrory's $21.5 billion spending plan released Thursday for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Unless otherwise noted, the dollars amounts are for the 2015-16 year only. For spending changes, figures are for amount spent or saved compared to what was projected or needed to keep operating at current levels.

PUBLIC EDUCATION:

— locate $111 million to increase the floor for early-career teacher salaries from $33,000 to $35,000 and to give experienced-based raises.

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Arts and Culture
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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