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.

Updated 03/22/16 at 9:45 am

Maddy Jones/Asheville Citizen-Times

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.

WCQS and NPR provide special live coverage of the Primary Election in North Carolina and four other states beginning Tuesday evening at 8.

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. 

Former President Makes Campaign Stop in Asheville

Mar 14, 2016
David Hurand

A standing room only crowd  of over 700 was on hand at the old Boys Gym at Asheville High School to hear President Bill Clinton urge them to support his wife and former first lady Hillary Clinton for President.  Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer and State House member Susan Fisher opened the evening with speeches aimed at firing up the crowd of  enthusiastic Democrats.  State Senator Terry Van Duyn introduced the featured speaker.  Clinton spoke for nearly an hour and never mentioned his wife's opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders, nor did he name any of the Republican candidates running for Pre