The Asheville City Council is scheduled to vote on buying body cameras for the police department.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the City Council is set to vote on the purchase of 60 cameras that could be worn on various parts of the body, including the head or shoulder. The vote is scheduled during a regular Tuesday council meeting.
Abortion-rights advocates have returned to the Executive Mansion to urge North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to block a bill that would extend the waiting period for the procedure from 24 hours to 72 hours.
Representatives of Planned Parenthood and other groups held a news conference Monday across from the governor's home. The measure approved by the House and now in the Senate also requires doctors to give regulators more details about certain abortions performed.
The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP wants the state to answer to what it says is a low number of voter registration applications the state has received from public assistance agencies in the last three years.
Chapter leaders and the Forward Together Moral Movement say they plan to visit the Department of Administration on Monday to submit a public records request regarding the records.
Asheville Property owners may soon pay more in property taxes. City officials are working on a new fiscal year budget that calls for a property tax hike. Members of the Council of Independent Business Owners (CIBO) were briefed on development of the budget by Barbara Whitehorn, Chief Financial Officer and Mayor Esther Manheimer. City officials say the General Assembly is to blame for the proposed property tax increase. Following the morning meeting the Mayor spoke with David Hurand .
WCQS has been speaking with area lawmakers over the past few weeks in an effort to bring you their views, in their words. You can find links to other conversations at the bottom of this article. Today we're focusing on Senator Ralph Hise, a Republican of Spruce Pine. Hise's district spans six counties in western North Carolina: Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, and Yancey. He took the time out of a busy schedule to speak with us. Due to that schedule, the conversation unfortunately had to be far shorter than our previous talks with lawmakers, and so this one is more narrow
Representatives of Equality North Carolina are preparing to return to Raleigh for this year's Day of Action event at the Legislative Building and to talk with legislators.
A lot has happened the state's leading gay rights group held its formal lobbying day at the General Assembly last year.
Gay rights activists have been heartened since October court rulings legalized same-sex marriage in North Carolina, although the U.S. Supreme Court is now examining whether gay couples have the right to marry.
Some North Carolina lawmakers have a remedy for the state's transportation funding shortfall. They want to rely less on the gasoline tax and more on higher car sales taxes, driving and insurance fees.
The House Transportation Committee wants to talk Tuesday about legislation filed by the panel's chairmen. No votes are scheduled. The meeting will likely prove a barometer for Republican leaders as to whether colleagues are interested in pressing forward.
We’ve been talking with area legislators over the past few weeks. It’s part of an effort to bring you their views, in their words. Today the focus is on Representative Chuck McGrady, Republican of Henderson County. On a day when McGrady was preparing for a busy week known as "crossover" - in which most bills have to pass one chamber and "cross over" in order to be considered still alive this session - he took the time to speak with us about issues ranging from taxes, politics, the environment, social issues, and more. The full conversation is above. Below are some parts of the intervie
North Carolina government would have a defined policy of refusing to earmark public funds with anyone investing in Iran's energy business in a measure that's passed one General Assembly chamber.
The Senate agreed Monday it wants to follow a 2010 federal law giving state and local governments authority to prevent investment in companies operating in Iran's energy sector. The divestment is designed to discourage Iran's ability to build nuclear weapons.
The bill directs the state treasurer to adopt a divestment policy consistent with what it had already created on its own.
The North Carolina House has decided it wants to extend the time a pregnant woman must wait before having an abortion from 24 hours after contacting a provider to 72 hours.
The House voted 74-45 Thursday to expand the waiting period before women can undergo the procedure. The passage followed an emotional but civil debate about the issue that's gotten more attention from the Republican-led legislature over the past four years.