4:07 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

NOAA's Climatic Data Center Has a New Name

The National Climatic Data Center in Asheville

The center that maintains the world's largest climate data archive and provides climatological data around the world has changed its' name.  Tom Karl is Director of  what has been known as the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville.  He spoke with David Hurand about the name change and the center's new mission.

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Arts and Culture
11:32 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Tony Kiss Weekend Update: Play Ball!

Tony Kiss
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

The Asheville Tourists are in town and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra is ready for another stellar performance. There is also a myriad of live theater productions to consider and a couple of new films have arrived. Tony Kiss takes a look at some of what's happening in Western North Carolina.

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4:52 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

LGBT In The South Conference in Asheville

Five hundred civil rights activists are expected to attend the two day weekend conference.  The conference is being hosted by the Campaign for Southern Equality.  David Hurand spoke with the organizations Executive Director Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara. 

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Arts and Culture
3:42 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Robin Bullock on Friday @2

Listen Friday at 2 pm for another live performance from our studios when guitarist Robin Bullock  joins us to astonish us with his artistry. Robin performs a Homecoming Concert at Black Mountain Center for the Arts on Saturday evening while he's home from an extended tour with Janis Ian and Tom Paxton. Friday @2 he'll give us a preview of that concert and bring us up to date with his latest news, including a new recording.  The last time Robin visited he treated us with Bach on mandolin.

Listen Friday @2; Dick Kowal will be your host.

10:00 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Proponents & Critics of Lake Junaluska/Waynesville Merger Still Waiting

Lake Junaluska

Officials across Haywood County are waiting for the North Carolina General  Assembly to decide whether local voters will be allowed to consider whether  Lake Junaluska will become part of the Town of Waynesville. The two communities have been exploring the idea of a merger for more than four years.  Smoky Mt. News  reporter Becky Johnson spoke with David Hurand about the proposal and why the General Assembly hasn't agreed to place the question on the ballot for local voters.

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Arts and Culture
1:02 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Asheville Symphony on WCQS

Listen Thursday evening at 8 for the Asheville Symphony on WCQS.  We'll broadcast the ASO's February concert, which features a performance of Dvorak's tuneful Eighth Symphony and Bela Bartok's Third Piano Concerto, a piece that he worked on during a stay in Asheville in 1944. The soloist in the Bartok will be pianist Jeremy Denk.

That's the Asheville Symphony on WCQS, at 8 Thursday evening. Please join us!


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11:53 am
Tue April 14, 2015

In Their Words: Rep. Joe Sam Queen

Rep. Joe Sam Queen

We’ve been hearing from area lawmakers over the past week.  Many were home last week for their version of spring break and that gave us a chance to speak with many of them.  Today we hear from Joe Sam Queen.  He’s a Democrat representing Haywood, Jackson, and Swain counties in the state House. 

Area Democrats are not backing down on their call for the state to expand Medicaid, something the Republican-led General Assembly has refused to do.   Queen says North Carolinians are already footing the bill.

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9:48 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

In Their Words: Rep. Susan Fisher

Rep. Susan Fisher at WCQS 04/10/15
Jeremy Loeb

We’ve been talking with area lawmakers over the past week as many were home for a week-long recess last week.  Today we’re focusing on an interview with Representative Susan Fisher, a Democrat of Buncombe County.  Here are some highlights: 

In the segment below, Fisher talks about a new proposal in the legislature dealing with abortion.  It would mandate a 72 hour waiting period for a woman to have an abortion and would bar UNC or ECU’s medical schools from teaching or providing the procedure.  Fisher opposes the bill.

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7:32 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

In Their Words: Rep. John Ager

Rep. John Ager (D-Buncombe)
Katie Bailey/Asheville Citizen-Times

We’ve been conducting interviews with area lawmakers over the past week, as many were home for their version of spring break.  Our conversations continue with Representative John Ager, a Democrat of Buncombe County.  In the segment below, we talked to Ager about recent changes the legislature made to the state gasoline tax, which was immediately cut by a cent and a half, but that initial cut actually prevented the tax from dropping much further -as was projected, because the gas tax is tied to the wholesale price of gasoline.

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4:03 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

In Their Words: Sen. Terry Van Duyn

Sen. Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe)
Mountain XPress

We’re hearing from state legislators this week who are home for a week-long recess.  WCQS reached out to members of both parties and is airing the interviews in the order they were conducted.  Today the focus is on Terry Van Duyn, a Democratic State Senator of Buncombe County.  We spoke on a range of issues, from the economy and jobs to bills dealing with social issues, which Van Duyn has been an outspoken critic of.

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