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The North Carolina House has passed a bill forcing districts on the city of Asheville.  It’s now just a few votes from becoming law.  It's sponsored by Republican Senator Chuck Edwards of Hendersonville.

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Affordable housing may be the single biggest issue facing the city of Asheville at this time, as rents around the city to continue to rise while wages for workers do not.  Voters last fall okayed bonds to help the city start building more affordable housing.  But the first project Asheville lawmakers approved since then has been in the works for some time before that.

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North Carolina Republicans introduced and advanced controversial legislation in the final days of session that would reshape district lines for judicial races across the state.

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced he will veto the state budget, as expected.  But the Democratic governor said he would sign the budget if Republicans would eliminate the corporate tax cut, include the child care tax credits set out in his budget, and limit their income tax cut to those making less than $150,000 a year.  

"This means that the tax cut benefits will go to the individuals and families who truly need help.  So I'm willing to compromise on that measure."

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So just what happens at science camp?  Blue Ridge Public Radio’s Helen Chickering stopped by the Summer STEM Academy at Southwestern Community College in Sylva to find out. 

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On the heels of Mission Health’s controversial decision to end Labor and Delivery services at Angel Medical Center, health system officials recently met with concerned citizens of Macon County for a so-called ‘sit-down’.

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Republican Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows says the Affordable Care Act repeal bill presented by Senate GOP leaders currently lacks support in both chambers of Congress.  Meadows' remarks came during a conference call with reporters.

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Western North Carolina businesses are making a name for themselves in the American music festival scene. 

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The city of Asheville is one step closer to having districts for city council members.  A House committee passed a bill Wednesday to require just that.  And it appears to have picked up key support for eventual passage.

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Appalachian music is part of our culture now more than ever. 

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If you have some spare time this summer, the  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could use your help.  The Asheville field office is on a mission to find an endangered species that hasn’t been spotted in Western North Carolina in more than a decade.  BPR’s Helen Chickering has details.

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The Asheville City Council this week approved a $175-million budget for the coming fiscal year which starts on July 1st.  The city police department was seeking an additional $1-million to hire more officers to patrol the downtown area which has seen a spike in crime.

Republican lawmakers are negotiating a final budget proposal behind closed doors.  Unclear is what will emerge from those talks.  Details could be released as soon as Friday with votes taken next week.  One proposal included in the Senate's budget has created uncertainty over food stamps.  It was put forward by Senator Ralph Hise of Spruce Pine.  For more on its potential impact, we spoke with Hannah Randall, CEO of MANNA FoodBank, a non-partisan group that serves 16 counties in western North Carolina.  

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The opioid crisis is taking an acute toll and nowhere is immune, including here in North Carolina.  North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein says four people die every day in North Carolina from an opioid overdose.  With that in mind, a mixture of lawmakers, law enforcement, first responders, health professionals and advocates of Buncombe County were on hand to hear from Stein recently.  He’s made tackling the issue one of his top priorities since taking office, spearheading a bipartisan bill called the STOP Act.

Dozens of electronic music players from around the world descended on the city of Asheville, North Carolina, to participate in the second annual Continuum Conference. The conference is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of the electronic Haken Audio Continuum Fingerboard.   

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