Last year, the North Carolina General Assembly approved sweeping voting law overhaul, but since then, the laws have been questioned in appeals courts, making it difficult to keep track of what takes effect when.
But here's what you need to know for now: Friday, Oct. 10 is the last day to register to vote in time for the Nov. 4 general election.
Fall is here, and all across the country, college students are returning to campus - and so is BackStory. Last year, President Obama proposed sweeping changes to the way government helps to finance students’ higher education, and an unprecedented system of collegiate rankings – all in the name of greater access and better value for the “consumer.” But others object to a consumerist mentality in the realm of higher education, and the application of “business” models to its institutions.
Sister Simone Campbell is the Executive Director of the Catholic social justice lobby, NETWORK and one of the Nuns On The Bus. Her organization advocates for the poor and speaks out on a number of issues, including voting rights, immigration reform, access to health care, and economic justice. She was the featured speaker at the 4th Annual Pisgah Legal Services Poverty Forum. She spoke with David Hurand.
Marriage edquality advocates in Western North Carolina are hailing today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand appeals court rulings that allow same sex couples to marry in five states. Many observers were surprised the Court decided not to hear the challenge and follow it with a ruling that could have applied to all 50 states. Lindsey Simerly is with the Campiagn for Southern Equality. She spoke with David Hurand.
A special note to our listeners in Franklin, Macon County and North Georgia – listening to WCQS at 91.3 FM:
On Tuesday, October 7th, Duke Power will replace a power line that feeds our transmitter site. We hope to remain on the air throughout the process – but we can’t be sure. So you may find yourself without the programming you count on for a while.
We’re working with Duke – and working hard to remain on the air - uninterrupted. We’ll do our best – but we wanted to let you know about a potential outage for Tuesday October 7th.
For many Americans, the storyline that played out on August 9th in Ferguson, Mo. — when an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by a white police officer — is not a new one. But the sustained protests that followed, in which Ferguson police used military equipment to suppress peaceful protests, have generated a new round of questioning about local police’s role in their communities.
Another action packed weekend has arrived. Thank goodness! The great Paul Winter takes the stage at Isis in West Asheville and Lera Lynn performs at the Mothlight at Mr. Fred's Bar. The 47th Bascom Lamar Lunsford Minstrel of the Appalachians Festival takes place on the campus of Mars Hill University and there are a couple of new movies in the area, including My Old Lady, starring Maggie Smith and Kevin Cline. The Adams Family takes the stage at Asheville Community Theater and Urinetown is presented by Haywood Arts Regional Theater.
According to a new survey from WalletHub, North Carolina was dead last its list of where teachers want to live and work. WalletHub based its survey on data from several sources, including the U.S Census Bureau. The personal finance social network site has a stated goal of helping consumers make wise decisions. David Hurand spoke with Jill Gonzalez.
Fern Leaf Charter School in Henderson County and Asheville Math and Science in Buncombe County have applied for state approval. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction received forty applications. David Hurand spoke with the Director of the N.C. Office of Charter Schools Joel Medley about the pool of applicants.