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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another effort by North Carolina's craft-beer brewers to ease state limits on distributing their own products appears to have gone flat.

A new version of a House measure debated Wednesday in committee and designed to benefit the craft industry left out a previous provision to raise the self-distribution limit from 25,000 barrels a year to 200,000 barrels.

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Buncombe County’s unemployment rate stands at just over 4%.  But the same rate for the county’s African-American community is several times higher.  Efforts to bring that down have been slow moving.

Dick Kowal knows a lot about music. He can draw you into a special moment of artistry by one of the world’s great orchestras during one of his broadcasts on WCQS Radio or informally connect with a talented local musician who’s about to perform live on Friday @ 2.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA has awarded men's basketball tournament games in 2020 and 2021 along with several other championship events to North Carolina after the state repealed elements of a law that limited protections for LGBT people and put it at risk of being passed over as a host for future events.

Two major park projects are slowly but surely coming together in Asheville.  One is Overlook Park, which could provide stunning view of the city.  But there's one hitch - the city has not provided any funding for the park (yet).  Volunteers are looking for grants and donations currently to get the process started.

Voters in the city of Asheville could have the final say as early as this fall on whether city council seats will remain elected at-large.  A bill in the General Assembly filed by Republican senator Chuck Edwards would make the city draw up election districts for the six council seats.  Separate of that legislation, the current Asheville city council commissioned a poll to see what voters thought of a potential switch.  The conflicting results came back

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Spring Membership Drive! The goal was $225,000 by April 12 for uninterrupted programming - and you did it! This marks our 5th consecutive Membership Drive without one moment of fundraising interruption to the programs you love.

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This week, BPR gardening expert Alison Arnold explains when, how, and even whether to fertilize gardens.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — One of North Carolina's leading Republican politicians says there will never be a hearing for proposed legislation aimed at countering the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage.

House Speaker Tim Moore of Kings Mountain said in a statement Wednesday that the bill introduced this week won't be considered because the nation's highest court "has firmly ruled on the issue."

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The push to ‘Raise The Age’ of juvenile jurisdiction from 16 to 18 has been a long-fought battle in North Carolina.  Support for that change is growing this year, on both sides of the aisle, but it has some in Western North Carolina wary. 

North Carolina’s current law, passed in 1919, says that anyone charged with any crime whatsoever, will be tried as an adult starting at age 16.  New York is the only other state with such a law.  Critics in the Tar Heel State call this obsolete and counterproductive. 

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The General Assembly has passed legislation to reduce the number of North Carolina Court of Appeals judges from 15 to 12, sending the measure to the governor.

The House and Senate both gave their final approval to the Republican legislation on Tuesday.

The measure would phase out the three judgeships as vacancies arise through retirements or resignations. The proposal also would allow more matters be appealed directly to the state Supreme Court.

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Four North Carolina Republicans are taking a symbolic swipe at gay marriage, introducing a measure rejecting a U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex unions in every state.  Bryson City Republican Mike Clampitt is among them.

****A previous version of this story only included 2016 numbers***

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With lawmakers back in Raleigh, we’re speaking with some of those members from out here in the west.  Today, John Ager, a Democrat of Buncombe County.  Ager is a farmer out of Fairview serving his second term in the North Carolina House.


On Tuesday, the Asheville city council will discuss the results of a poll it commissioned regarding the creation of districts for future elections.

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