In what one group is calling a violation of state law, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is charging fees to view public records. The Southern Environmental Law Center made a request to view public documents related to Governor Pat McCrory’s 25-year transportation plan and a proposed billion-dollar transportation bond. SELC attorney Kym Hunter says they were told they would have to pay a fee of $468 to view the files.
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A Chamber music benefit concert, comedy, country rock, plenty of live theater, and much more around our region this weekend. Tony Kiss reports the Opal String Quartet will perform Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Asheville. Its a benefit to help fund improvements at the Edwin Place building. Comic Red Grant will perform at the Crown Plaza Expo Center and Joe Lasher Jr. and his band play at New Mountain Avl, both shows 1/3/14. Live theater offers 50 Shades! The Musical Parody 1/31 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.
Representative Chuck McGrady has landed an influential committee chair. Carolina Public Press reports the Hendersonville Republican will be among four chairs in the House Appropriations Committee. That committee takes charge of writing the state budget. McGrady is in his third term and will also serve as a vice chair of the House Environment Committee and as a vice chair of the Judiciary II Committee.
Abortion-rights groups are worried that Republican legislators will try to override rules proposed for North Carolina abortion clinics that activists contend balance patient safety with access to the procedure.
There was a time, not long ago, when side walk cafes were banned in downtown Asheville. It now appears the sky is the limit. The creator of AshVegas, blogger Jason Sandford is reporting that more than a half dozen roof-top venues maybe in the city's future. Sandford spoke with David Hurand.