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This is part 2 of the hour and twenty minute long debate over SB897, which would have divided Asheville into six districts for the purpose of electing city council members.  In a stunning defeat, the bill fell by a vote of 48-58, after debate appeared to lead some lawmakers to change their mind.

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In a stunning defeat, the North Carolina House voted down a bill that would have made changes to the Asheville city council.  Senate Bill 897 was introduced by Republican Senator Tom Apodaca of Henderson County, over the strong objection of the entire city council and all other state lawmakers representing Buncombe County.  Apodaca is considered one of the most powerful lawmakers in the General Assembly.  But this bill went down by a vote of 48-58. 

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Updated 8/2 7:25 am (Associated Press): Gov. Pat McCrory decided against signing one bill sent by the legislature because money appropriated to defend House Bill 2 originated from a disaster relief fund.

The bill became law without McCrory's signature as a deadline passed Sunday night. It contained many tweaks to a larger budget measure, including $500,000 for the governor's office for legal costs of defending House Bill 2, which limits anti-discrimination rules for LGBTQ people

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This is WCQS News, I’m Jeremy Loeb.  A bill making changes to Asheville’s City Council has cleared another committee, this time in the House.  The House elections committee passed the measure over the strong objection of the only committee member from Asheville.  WCQS’s Jeremy Loeb reports.

At the start of the committee meeting, it was clear that this bill was not coming from Asheville.

“The chair was asked to announce to the committee that the City of Asheville through its representation to the General Assembly wanted to go on record as being opposed to this bill.”

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A bill dealing with a number of election matters also would clarify the Attorney General has standing to defend local laws.  The bill is not available online and WCQS has not been able to see it, but WRAL reports it reads as follows: 

"The State shall be a party whenever the validity or constitutionality of a local act of the General Assembly is the subject of an action in any court, and except as provided in G.S. 147-17, shall be represented by the Attorney General."
 

Mountain Xpress film critic Ken Hanke passed away this week at the age of 61. WCQS classical music host (and fellow film critic) Chip Kaufmann will pay tribute to Hanke this morning from 11 to 12.

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By a vote of 33-16, the North Carolina Senate gave final approval Monday to Senate Bill 897.  The bill changes the way Asheville elects its city council, moving it from an at-large system to one in which candidates would be elected in one of six districts.  Bill sponsor Republican Senator Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville explained the bill after introducing it.  

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Updated 6/24 2:30pm:  A bill that would make changes to the way Asheville City Council members are elected is heading to the full North Carolina Senate.  Senate Republican Tom Apodaca introduced the bill that would split Asheville into six districts, scrapping Asheville’s system for at-large elections.  Apodaca says he’s heard from his constituents in South Asheville who say they aren’t being represented on the city council.  No one on the 7 member Council is from that area.  The controversial bill came before the Committee on Redistricting.  The Committee is dominated by

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This week, WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold talks about some of the plants that have problems flowering this time of year, and why. 

Q (Jeremy): Now that the growing season is well underway is there anything that typically shows up from year to year?

  This weekend marks the opening of the 46th Season of the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, with five weeks of performances at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa and Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.  Festival director Inessa Zaretzky and members of the Tesla String Quartet joined Dick Kowal to talk about the opening night concert of music by Haydn, Dvorak, Mozart, and Caroline Shaw.

  The Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre in Mars Hill  opens its 42nd Season with Greater Tuna, a play by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard.  Set in Tuna, Texas, the play features only two actors playing all twenty characters. Bill Greg, Executive Producing Director of SART, talked with Dick Kowal about the play and about the following production, The Belle of Amherst.

  Therapeutic musician Robin Russell Gaiser celebrates the release of her new book, Musical Morphine: Transforming Pain One Note at a Time with a book launch party Sunday at 5 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville.  She spoke with Dick Kowal about the book and her work with chronically, critically, and terminally ill patients. 

Open Air Brevard 2016

Jun 15, 2016

Every summer the Brevard Music Center and Summer Festival brings together renowned soloists and conductors, dedicated faculty from leading orchestras, and talented students from across the country for learning and world-class music-making. Join us each week for memorable concerts from the 80-year-old festival on Open Air Brevard, Tuesday evenings at 7 and Wednesday mornings at 10 here on WCQS.

We all knew the day was coming, now it's almost here! After 42 years as host and creative force behind A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor will hang up his red shoes July 2nd. We know you'll want to tune your radio and listen during your Independence Day weekend celebrations.

If you'd like to take the celebration up a notch, you can host your own Listening Party. Our friends at A Prairie Home Companion have assembled a Listening Party Starter Kit, complete with:

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