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9:19 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Reveal: Public Radio's Peabody Award-Winning Investigative Journalism Program

From The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX – this Saturday at 3 and Sunday at 6 on WCQS

In this episode, we track down secrets one powerful religious hierarchy was keeping under wraps; troops open up to Reveal about their experiences with torture and whether officers are being held accountable; and high-speed broadband is like electricity for the 21st century. Reveal examines why so many cities are left with poor service.

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Politics
7:04 am
Tue February 24, 2015

NC Senate Passes Gay Marriage 'Opt-out' Bill

Senate leader Phil Berger (R-Eden)
AP/Gerry Broome

Some North Carolina court officials could opt out of marriage duties — including same-sex marriages — under legislation given the state Senate's approval.

The Senate voted 32-16 Wednesday for a bill giving magistrates and some register of deeds workers the ability to remove themselves from the process because of religious objections. The bill comes after federal judges' in October overturned North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban.

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Environment
9:26 am
Mon February 23, 2015

US Charges Duke Energy With Illegal Pollution From 5 Coal Ash Dumps

Associated Press

Federal prosecutors have filed multiple criminal charges against Duke Energy over years of illegal pollution from coal ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.

The three U.S. Attorney's Offices covering the state on Friday charged Duke with nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act. The prosecutors say the nation's largest electricity company engaged in unlawful dumping at coal-fired power plants in Eden, Moncure, Asheville, Goldsboro and Mt. Holly.

Environment
9:20 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Brevard College Will Pull Investments Out of Fossil Fuels

Credit brevard.edu

Brevard College is pulling all of the school's investments out of fossil fuels to make a public statement that something has to be done about climate change.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that trustees voted Friday to get rid of any investment in fossil fuels from the college's $25 million endowment. Officials estimate about 4 percent of the Transylvania County school's portfolio is in fossil fuels like coal.

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Economy
1:15 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Higher Education in WCU Demonstrates Economic Clout

Public higher education in Western North Carolina contributed two billion dollars to the North Carolina economy in the 2012-2013 fiscal year and around 75 percent of that money stayed in the region.  That's

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Minorities
12:40 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy

A recently released report claims nearly four-thousand African American southerners were murdered by white  mobs between 1877 and 1950.  David Hurand spoke with Carolina Public Press Investigative reporter Jon Elliston about the four year study,  Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror.

Equal Justice Initiative

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Health and Wellness
9:26 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Mission Health Responds to NPR Injured Nurse Story

Mission Hospital in Asheville
Susannah Kay for NPR

Mission Health has posted a response to NPR's injured nurse story.  The full text is below:

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Arts and Culture
8:55 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Winter is expected to loosen its grip on Western North Carolina.  If you suffer from Cabin Fever, Tony Kiss says there's plenty of things happening that will brighten your weekend.   High on Tony's list; The Three Davids  at Diana Wortham Theater. David Holt, David LaMotte, and David Wilcox combine their individual talent for what should be an amazing evening of music and much more.  The 20th Annual Blue Grass 1st Class takes place at the Crown Plaza Resort in Asheville.   Rock n Rollers Heart take the

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Arts and Culture
2:54 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Friday @2: Pan Harmonia

Listen Friday for our next live performance from the WCQS studios on "Friday @2." Members of Pan Harmonia will join Dick Kowal in the studio to perform works by Beethoven, Saint-Saens and Belgian composer Joseph Jongen.  Flutist Kate Steinbeck,  bassoonist Rosalind Buda and pianist Ivan Seng will bring their own insights into music both new and familiar.

Join us Friday @ 2 for live music from Pan Harmonia on WCQS.

Environment
2:51 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Utilities Urge Customers to Conserve Energy

Officials with Duke Energy and PSNC Energy are asking their customers to turn down their thermostats  through Friday to help reduce the high demand for energy caused by  record setting cold temperatures.  Officials  with both companies say they have sufficient resources to meet demand as temperatures continue to dip into the single digits in Western North Carolina.  Duke officials say there are many easy ways to reduce usage at home and at work, such as turning off unnecessary lighting, postpone household ch

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