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Immediate Theatre Company and NC Stage Company present Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," opening Wednesday, April 6th

Dick Kowal spoke with producer Willie Repoley and Director Hans Meyer about this powerful and "entertaining" drama which opened on Broadway in 1962.

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 The approaching end of the traditional school year will also see a respected and honored Asheville  Elementary school principal leaving his position for a job with North Carolina Outward Bound.  Principal Gordon Grant spoke with David  Hurand.

 

 

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The pop group Maroon 5 has joined the list of entertainers canceling appearances in North Carolina because of the passage of legislation that denies anti-discrimination protections and dictates which restrooms transgender people can use.

The members said they won't appear Sept. 11 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte or Sept. 12 at PNC Arena in Raleigh. The band announced on its website Friday that its members feel canceling "is morally right as we feel everyone should be treated equally."

Tony Kiss Weekend Update: Last Call

Mar 25, 2016
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Asheville Citizen-Times

For nearly thirty years Asheville Citizen Times  reporter  Tony Kiss has stopped by WCQS to chat with David Hurand about some of what's happening in Western North Carolina.  This week's conversation marks the final broadcast of their quirky on-air partnership.  High on Tony's list this week  a new film starring Sally Field, Hello, My Name is Doris and Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice, starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.

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 Corporations have expressed disappointment and the NCAA has vowed to watch what North Carolina does next now that the state has banned local government measures protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  RedHat, American Airlines, IBM, Biogen and PayPal were among major employers condemning the new law yesterday.  The legislature called a special session Wednesday to void a Charlotte ordinance that would have enabled transgender people to legally use restrooms aligned with their gender identity, and would have provided broad protections a

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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has signed legislation designed to rein in local governments passing their own anti-discrimination rules.

McCrory's office confirmed he signed the law late Wednesday night, hours after the legislature finalized the bill in a one-day work session.

Lawmakers returned to Raleigh because a Charlotte City Council ordinance was supposed to take effect April 1 that expanded protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity for treatment at hotels and restaurants.

North Carolina Democratic Party Chairwoman Patsy Keever of Asheville blasted General Assembly Republicans for calling a special session over Charlotte's anti-discrimination measure.  Charlotte recently passed a measure banning discrimination in city facilities.

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Firefighters have been busy the past few days fighting a number of wildfires in western North Carolina.  A 50-acre blaze near Fairview is mostly contained.  A 165-acre fire is on the McDowell-Rutherford County line.  Michael Cheek of the North Carolina Forest Service says there were an additional 15 to 20 smaller fires yesterday.  But he says that's not unusual this time of year.

Cheek says people should be careful burning debris, especially while it's dry.  Rain is in the forecast for this weekend and Cheek says people should hold off on burns until after the ground is wetter. 

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 18, 2016
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony reports there's lots of great music to consider.  High on his list, The Moody Blue.  The band will  visit Harrah's Cherokee Event Center Saturday (3/19) night. John Lodge, Justin Hayward, and Graeme Edge have been recording and performing since the early 1960s.  In 1967 the band released the LP Days of Future Time Passed.

Classical Music host Josh Jourdan took a leave of absence from WCQS last year to serve active duty with the US Navy. Josh is a Petty Officer 2nd Class. He is currently working in military intelligence overseas. 

We recently heard from Josh when he had a rare couple of hours to himself. He said he's extremely busy but that he misses everyone terribly. When we asked if we could provide an update to listeners, he said, "Sure. Please tell them I'm tired but fine, and I'll be back as soon as I can and look forward to reconnecting with them." 

Breaking Down NC's Primary Results

Mar 16, 2016

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were the big winners in North Carolina's primary election.  For statewide races, the election was notable for having few, if any surprises, as established candidates won up and down the ticket.  Voters also approved by a wide margin a $2 billion bond measure that largely funds higher education infrastructure projects.  WCQS's Jeremy Loeb was joined Wednesday morning by WCQS news director David Hurand and Ashvegas founder Jason Sandford to parse the results.

North Carolina voters headed to the polls Tuesday, June 7th for a 2nd primary.  Up for grabs were Congressional races and the ideological split of the state Supreme Court.

Results below are from the NC State Board of Elections (best displayed on mobile in landscape mode ↷):

  Three local choral groups, the Asheville Singers, The UNC-Asheville University Singers and the Reuter Center Singers, will present The Peacemakers, a choral and ensemble work by composer Karl Jenkins on Friday, March 18th at Lipinsky Auditorium. 

Dick Kowal spoke with Susan Richey, a member of the Asheville Singers, and Chuck Taft, conductor of the Reuter Center Singers.

North Carolina voters head to the polls today to decide party nominees for President, Governor, the US Senate and on down the ballot.  In addition, voters will be asked whether to approve or reject a $2 billion bond measure that largely funds higher education projects.  For analysis on the race so far, and predictions about how today's primary will turn out, we turned to Rob Christensen, political columnist for the News & Observer of Raleigh. 

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