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Buncombe County Property Tax Rate Going UP

Jun 19, 2013

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners is set to approve the county 2013-2014 fiscal year budget. The $337 million spending plan includes a significant increase in the county property tax rate.  David Hurand spoke with Mt. Xpress reporter Jake Frankel about the budget.

The flow of public money for candidates running for the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the State Supreme court is coming to an end.  The  state budget that the Republican controlled General Assembly is expected to approve eliminates funding for the judicial candidates.  David Hurand spoke with the Executive Director of the Institute for Southern Studies, which publishes Facing South and Southern Exposure, Chris Kromm about the demise of public financing of judicial races.

Asheville Autism Pride Week

Jun 14, 2013

The first Asheville Autism Pride Week runs June 16th-through June 22nd.  David Hurand spoke with one of the events participants  Dave Spicer.  To see the full schedule of Autism Pride Week events visit their web site.

We've had an overwhelming wonderful response when we announced our upcoming trip Rediscover Cuba - A Cultural Exploration. So much so, we added a second trip to Cuba next spring. Both trips initially sold out, but we now have a few spaces on the trip departing February 18, 2014. The spaces won't last long, so be sure to sign up now if you are interested.

Weather Watch: Wet Spring

Jun 14, 2013

It's been a record setting wet Spring for much of Western North Carolina. David Hurand spoke with Atmospheric Sciences Professor and WCQS weather expert Ed Brotak about why the region has seen so much rain and the June to November Hurricane Season.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jun 14, 2013

Tony Kiss checks out the entertainment scene and offers his suggestions for the Father's Day

Wet Weather Won't Stop Gardeners

Jun 13, 2013

Many farmers and back yard gardeners have been spending a great deal of time working in the rain.  David Hurand spoke

with WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold about the wet Spring and plants that are thriving.

Settlement Offer or Intimidation Attempt?

Jun 12, 2013

Asheville City Council has made it clear  it will not drop the city's legal challenge of a state law that transfers control of  the Asheville Water System to the Metropolitan Sewerage Distrct and a Regional Authority.  David Hurand spoke with Mt. Xpress Senior News Reporter David Forbes about the will of council and a recent email exchange between members of the local delegation to the General Assembly and Mayor Terry Bellamy.

Tony Nagelmann / NPR

It's official - Western North Carolina loves Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell. Tickets for the August 1st Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! show at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium went on sale Thursday June 6th and sold out the very next day!

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jun 7, 2013

Tony Kiss takes a look at the Arts and Culture scene in Western North Carolina.  High on his agenda, lots and lots of live theater, an Art Walk, free music from the porch of the Thomas Wolfe House, and a couple of new movies.

Asheville's River Arts District On the Move

Jun 7, 2013

The first of two annual River Arts District Studio Strolls takes place Saturday and Sunday (June 8th - 9th).

David Hurand spoke with Asheville Citizen Times reporter Jason Sandford about the pace of change along the river in Asheville.


Jun 6, 2013

It has been a couple of weeks since the North Carolina Senate sent its' version of a new state budget to the house.  While many lawmakers have focused much of their attention on the budget and proposals to overhaul the state tax system, Republican members of the General Assembly from Buncombe County have been busy introducing bills that directly effect local government.  David Hurand spoke with Asheville Citizen Times reporter Mark Barrett bout the unusual number of bills that hit close to home...

Tony Nagelmann / NPR

WCQS is bringing Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! the oddly informative news quiz from NPR back to Asheville August 1st. Tickets went on sale at 10 am June 6th and are almost sold out as of Friday afternoon, June 7th! Get yours before they're gone!

WNC Teacher Named Yale Distinguished Educator

Jun 5, 2013

An Asheville Public School teacher has been named a recipient of the Yale University Distinguished Music Educator award.  David  Hurand spoke with Ruben Orengo about the honor and his career as a musician and teacher.