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11:28 am
Tue February 3, 2015

NCDOT Charging to View Public Records

Dave DeWitt; North Carolina Public Radio WUNC

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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Station News
9:31 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Invisibilia: A Glimpse Into a World You Can't See

Invisibilia hosts Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller
Credit John Poole / NPR

We've received great feedback from listeners about Invisibilia, a new limited-run series co-hosted by NPR's Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, who helped create Radiolab and This American Life. Invisibilia delves into a wide array of human behavior, interweaving narrative storytelling with fascinating new psychological and brain science. Listen and research will come to life in a way that will make you see your own life differently.

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Environment
7:33 am
Mon February 2, 2015

2 Firms Seek NC Approval to Test Offshore Oil, Gas Deposits

AP PHOTO/GERALD HERBERT

Two companies are seeking approval to be the first to blast the Atlantic Ocean's bottom with sound waves to find oil and gas deposits.

North Carolina's Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Friday one of the two companies starting the approval process for seismic testing wants to start as early as this spring.

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Environment
7:09 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Dan River Recovering from Coal Ash Spill as Fines Weighed

Gerry Broome/AP

A year after the sudden collapse of an old drainage pipe triggered the third largest coal ash spill in U.S. history, regulators say they are still working to determine how much to fine the nation's largest electricity company.

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Arts and Culture
8:52 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

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.

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Politics
6:57 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Rep. McGrady Lands on Key Committee

Rep. Chuck McGrady (R, Henderson)
hendersonvillelighning.com

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.

Politics
6:14 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Rep. Susan Fisher Says Protect Abortion Care

Rep. Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe)
William Woody/Asheville Citizen-Times

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. 

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Economy
4:07 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Roof Top Venues on the Horizon

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.

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Moral Mondays
7:26 am
Thu January 29, 2015

NAACP-led Protests Resume at NC Legislature

The Rev. William Barber
Bob Geary via indyweek.com

North Carolina's NAACP leader has challenged new rules about public assembly in the state Legislative Building as part of protests targeting policies by the GOP-led Legislature.

About 75 people marched to the building with the Rev. William Barber on Wednesday for a demonstration as lawmakers reconvened this year's session.

After prayers and speeches, Barber asked the group to follow him in a lap around the Rotunda between chambers.

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Politics
7:08 am
Thu January 29, 2015

1st Day Bills Filed at the NC General Assembly At-a-Glance

Legislative Building in Raleigh
Angie Newsome via carolinapublicpress.org

The first work day at the General Assembly usually brings an early flurry of bills. Nearly 30 were filed by late Wednesday afternoon in the House and Senate. The bills include those that would:

— allow magistrates and workers under a county Register of Deeds to refuse to perform marriage duties because of strongly held religious objections. Chief sponsor: Sen. Phil Berger, R-Rockingham.

— invite Gov. Pat McCrory to deliver his State of the State address Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Chief sponsor: Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson.

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