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Thanks to everyone who has already contributed to our year-end giving campaign! Our 1-Day pledge drive and year-end giving kickoff on December 8 was a wonderful success. We are happy to report that listeners from throughout the region rallied their support for WCQS to meet $10,000 HomeTrust Challenge for Homeward Bound.

NC Gay Marriage Opt-Out Law Being Challenged

Dec 9, 2015

A lawsuit has been filed in Asheville challenging a North Carolina law that allows magistrates to opt out of performing same-sex weddings.  The lawsuit was filed by a team of attorneys who also took on the state's constitutional amendment that limited marriage to one man and one woman.  It was overturned by the same judge that will hear this case: U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn. 

AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty via Asheville Citizen-Times

The Buncombe County Board of Elections wants to reduce early voting hours ahead of the 2016 primary by nearly 40 percent from four years ago, prompting concern by the local branch of the NAACP that problems will result.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports polling sites will be open for 791 hours in 2016, down from 1,287 in 2012.

Today is our 1-day membership drive to kick-off year-end giving. To celebrate the drive, the strength of our community and this season of giving, every gift made between 7 a.m. - Noon will be matched by HomeTrust Bank for Homeward Bound, up to $10,000. 

$10,000 for WCQS by noon means $10,000 for Homeward Bound’s AHOPE Center.

Today is our 1-day membership drive to kick-off year-end giving. To celebrate the drive, the strength of our community and this season of giving, every gift made between 7 a.m. - Noon will be matched by HomeTrust Bank for Homeward Bound, up to $10,000. 

$10,000 for WCQS by noon means $10,000 for Homeward Bound’s AHOPE Center.

Tuesday, December 8, WCQS will host a 1-day membership drive to kick-off its year-end giving campaign. To celebrate the drive, the strength of our community and this season of giving, every gift made between 7 a.m. - Noon will be matched by HomeTrust Bank for Homeward Bound, up to $10,000. 

$10,000 for WCQS by noon means $10,000 for Homeward Bound’s AHOPE Center.

Tune in as WCQS celebrates this festive time of year. From Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, Holiday Programming is our gift to you. We'll post highlights throughout the season, so be sure to check back often for updates.

 

Holiday specials are sponsored by: 

Department of Environmental Quality via lakenormancitizen.com

North Carolina regulators have cited a Duke Energy coal ash deposit site for environmental violations, this time at the Asheville Regional Airport.

Media outlets report the state Department of Environmental Quality cited Duke on Wednesday for two violations at the Asheville site. In both cases Duke, and site operator Charah, failed to notify the agency within 24 hours of a structural breach caused by severe erosion that had exposed coal ash and a plastic cover to the elements.

The department says Duke discovered the problems on Oct. 29, but didn't report them until Nov. 2.

The holiday season is in full swing in Western North Carolina. Christmas decorations and performances highlight the entertainment scene.  Topping Tony's list, the Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at US Cellular Center on Tuesday December 8,  at 7:00pm.

Jeremy Loeb/WCQS

Now that State Senator Tom Apodaca has announced he won't seek another term, attention has turned to fellow Republicans who might be interested in running to represent the 48th District.  Among the potential candidates, a Hendersonville City Council member who once ran for  Congress and a former member of the State Housse from Buncombe County.  The 48th Senate District includes all of Henderson and Transylvania counties  plus a portion of southern Buncombe County.  The Chairman of the Henderson County Republican Party, Glen Englram says Apodaca's decision may mean a significant loss of clou

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