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6:00 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Our Voice Celebrates with Guest Anita Hill

Our Voice, the Buncombe County rape crisis center is celebrating its’ 40th anniversary  with a special event and its’ keynote speaker is Professor of Social Policy, Law and Women’s studies at Brandeis University,  Anita Hill.   In 1991 Hill was a little known Washington D.C. attorney who was thrust into the spotlight during U.S  Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme court nominee Clarence Thomas.

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3:11 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Send Sheriffs Guns and Money

Another case involving the mishandling of evidence seized in criminal investigations in Western North Carolina has come to light.  This time

the seized guns and cash are now part of the sheriff’s race in Cherokee County.    Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Ellison has been covering the story.  He spoke with David Hurand.

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10:57 am
Wed August 27, 2014

North Carolina's Most Influential Lobbyist

A former Speaker of the North Carolina House is ranked as the state’s most influential lobbyist.  And a father- son duo from Western North Carolina also made the list compiled by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research.  David Hurand our story....

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Politics
6:10 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Social Media Enters 6th Congressional District Race

Now that Governor Pat McCrory has signed the state’s more than $21 Billion dollar budget, lawmakers and voters may shift their attention to political races.  David Hurand spoke with High Point Enterprise reporter Paul Johnson about the race in the 6th Congressional District where a candidates’ post on Facebook has become the focus of the campaign……

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5:36 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

NC Budget Director To Step Down

North Carolina's budget Director Art Pope is leaving his post.  Governor Pat McCrory made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.  The governor said Pope's departure was anticipated and was not related to his controversial role in the McCrory Administration. 

McCrory praised Pope for his public service and his knowledge of state government. 

Pope said he will return to running his family's retail business, Variety Wholesalers.  He declined to discuss in detail his future political plans. 

Politics
2:54 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Mountain Moral Monday Looks Forward to November

Credit Greta Johnsen / WCQS

Thousands of Western North Carolinians congregated yesterday in Asheville at the Mountain Moral Monday rally.

The event was a Western iteration of the Moral Monday gatherings in Raleigh to protest the policies of the North Carolina General Assembly.

It marked the 67th rally since protests began in April 2013.

About 5,000 people showed up, bringing camping chairs and carrying signs. That's about half the number of people who showed up last year.

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10:06 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Court Ruling May Clear Way for Gay Marriage in NC

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Moday that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a decision that could overturn Amendment One in North Carolina. Immediately following the ruling, NC Attorney General Roy Cooper announced the state  would drop its opposition to lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the statewide ban.

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9:09 am
Thu June 19, 2014

APD Evidence Room Audit

The long-awaited audit of the Asheville Police Department Evidence Room has been released by Buncombe County District Attorney Ron Moore. The City of Asheville paid $175,000 for  the audit following reports of missing drugs, guns, and money.  

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6:10 am
Wed June 18, 2014

WNC Attorney Defends Gitmo Detainees

In  a recent Op-Ed published in Time Magazine civil rights attorney Frank Goldsmith explained why he volunteered to defend Guantanamo Bay detainees.  Goldsmith, who is a U.S. Army veteran,  writes "even the most despised person, perhaps especially the most despised, has that right to a vigorous defense.  He spoke with David Hurand.

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10:46 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Asheville Water Dispute Could Last Years

It could be many months before the court battle  over who controls the Asheville Water System is over.    That's according to Asheville City Attorney Robbin Currin.  Monday, Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning struck down a 2013 law passed by the North Carolina General Assembly that transferred control of the water system to a regional authority and the Metropolitan Sewerage District. 

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