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The 2016 election season's popular fact-checker embed is back once again, covering president-elect Donald Trump's victory tour speech in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The speech has been fully transcribed and annotated by the NPR Politics team, including the addition of context and live links around specific policy points. 

 

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North Carolina Forest Service

Fire has been on the minds of many in western North Carolina over the past several weeks as wildfires swept across the region.  In her commentary this week, WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold has some tips on how to protect the home against fires.  

Jeremy Loeb: Although the rain in recent days may ease the risk of wildfire potential across the western part of the state we aren’t out of the clear yet. It seems like a good time though to become more “fire aware”  - not only about prevention and protection but also the benefits of fire.

More Rain This Week Could Return Air Quality To Normal

Dec 7, 2016
U.S. Forest Service

More rain expected late Monday and early Tuesday could return air quality conditions in western North Carolina to normal for the first time since a rash of wildfires broke out at the beginning of November.  

Asheville Ballet brings everyone's favorite holiday tradition to the Diana Wortham Theatre this weekend with shows Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening, and Sunday afternoon.  Director Ann Dunn talked with Dick Kowal about this family friendly classic.

UNCA Produces Final Daily Weather Calendar

Dec 6, 2016
University of North Carolina-Asheville

The weather never ends. 

But the University of North Carolina Asheville’s ‘Daily Weather Calendar’ is, thanks to never ending advancements in technology.  The calendar has been produced for the past 30 years, and provides daily and monthly high and low temperature averages, sunrise and sunset times, and nightly phases of the moon.  But the 2017 version will be the last in print form.  Dr. Alex Huang of UNCA produces the calendar, and says he’s not really sad because his philosophy is everything must come to an end sometime.

The Blue Ridge Orchestra performs two concerts this weekend, 3pm Saturday at Lipinsky Auditorium on the UNC-A campus, and 3pm Sunday at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Both concerts feature violinist/celtic fiddler Jamie Laval.  Jamie and Milton Crotts, director of the Blue Ridge Orchestra spoke with Dick Kowal about the concerts.

Macon County Arson Suspect In Court

Dec 5, 2016

Macon County arson suspect Keith Eugene Mann appeared in federal court in Asheville Monday and waived his right for an initial detention hearing. Mann is being held without bond, and stands accused of setting a number of small wildfires this fall throughout Macon County. He currently faces one felony count of destroying United States property by means of fire—a charge that carries up to twenty years in prison.

NC Stage: All is Calm

Dec 5, 2016
Scott Treadway

Asheville's NC Stage Company  will stage All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, opening Wednesday, December 7th and running through December 23rd. Director Charlie Flynn-McIver, cast member Michael MacCauley, and chorus member David Berkey spoke with Dick Kowal about the play.

McCrory Concedes Election To Cooper

Dec 5, 2016
NC.GOV

North Carolina governor Pat McCrory released a video statement today, where conceded the gubernatorial election to Democrat Roy Cooper.

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Jeremy Loeb/WCQS

Environmental groups are worried about what a Trump presidency means for our changing climate.  But for the climate change innovation center The Collider, its effort to foster private sector climate change solutions could take on greater significance if the government falls behind.  Donald Trump has promised to relax environmental rules, pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, and called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by China.  

Buncombe County

Monday will be a very busy day or Buncombe County commissioners.  New commissioners, but not all of them, will be sworn-in at a meeting of the board Monday.  Two spots will likely remain open, but a second meeting of the Buncombe County Democratic party will fill of those empty seats later Monday evening.  Emily Patrick, a reporter for the Asheville Citizen-Times and the paper's Buncombe County government watchdog, stopped by the WCQS studios to give a preview of the day's events.

Davin Eldridge

This week's rainfall in Western North Carolina aided greatly in fighting it’s wildfires.  But was it enough to extinguish them?

Photo Credit: Michael Mauney

After three decades of service to public radio audiences in Western North Carolina, WCQS Music Director Dick Kowal will retire at the end of April, 2017.

Dick joined WCQS in 1986 when it was still a fledgling station. In the years since, the station has become an essential arts and culture resource for the region.

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The ongoing drought has led to water restrictions being in some communities in North Carolina.  According to NC Division of Water Resources, a total of 43 public water systems, or 8% of those tracked across the state, have instituted voluntary conservation measures while 12 systems, including Woodfin, are under mandatory conservation because of the drought.

The Asheville Symphony Chorus will host a "Sing-Along Messiah" Thursday, December 8th at First Presbyterian Church on Church Street in Asheville. Singers should arrive at 6:30; listeners at 7:30.

Director Michael Lancaster spoke with Dick Kowal about the event.

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