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The State of Things
11:59 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Bluegrass Band 'Town Mountain' on Tour

Town Mountain
Credit Jason Beverly / http://www.reverbnation.com/townmountain

Last year, Town Mountain released their album Leave the Bottle.  On WNCW’s “Top 100 of 2012” list, the  Asheville-based bluegrass band's album earned the #19 spot. 

Town Mountain is playing tonight in Raleigh at The Pour House Music Hall.  The band joins Frank Stasio today in the studio to tell us about themselves and play a few songs.

Listen to their song "Come Break My Heart."

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Law
6:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia To Address NC Bar Association

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is the keynote speaker at this year's meeting of the NC Bar Association.
Credit Stephen Masker / Flickr Creative Commons

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is in North Carolina this week for the state Bar Association's annual meeting. 

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Buncombe County Puts Slave Records Online

The original deed book of slave records from Buncombe County.
Credit Max Cooper, via mountainx.com

Reporter Jake Frankel speaks with host Isaac-Davy Aronson about Buncombe County's endever to digitize their original slave records

During the Great Depression, the New Deal funded a project to collect the narratives of former slaves.  Sarah Gudger came forward to give an account of her life as a slave in Buncombe County.  Her testimony was the same brutal story that is familiar to many of us.  She described a “hard life” of nothing but “work, work, work,” under the threat of abuse. 

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Business & Economy
6:45 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

President Obama Visits Asheville To Discuss Jobs, Manufacturing

Courtesy: The White House

President Obama made Asheville the first stop of a three-day trip to push economic proposals he made in his State of the Union address this week.  The president got a tour yesterday of the Linamar machine parts plant before making some remarks.  Canada-based Linamar moved to Asheville after a Volvo plant left taking hundreds of jobs with it.  The president says he'd like to see the federal government help make Linamar's example more common in cities that have been hit hard economically.

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Arts & Culture
4:57 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Downton Abbey & Biltmore – How Similar Are They?

Downton Abbey cast in front of Highclere Castle
(C) Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE
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Environment
7:10 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Appalachian Trail Turns 75

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail turns 75 this week. The nearly 2,200-mile route runs from Georgia to Maine.

Steve Paradis is the Chief Operating Officer of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. He says the trail serves much the same purpose today as it did when it was completed in 1937.

Steve Paradis: It was proposed as a footpath that would connect small working communities and provide an opportunity for people to essentially escape the, if you will, the rat race along the east coast and to rejuvenate their spirit and refresh their souls.

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Business & Economy
2:10 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Asheville Restaurants Go Green

Green Restaurant Association
Credit dinegreen.com

Asheville is known as a sort of local food-haven. Now it's leading the way in an effort to reduce the environmental impacts of restaurants. The Asheville Independent Restaurant Association is using a $258,000 grant from the North Carolina Green Business Fund to make upgrades in 18 Asheville restaurants.

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Law
5:50 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Court Declares Two Men Innocent

A panel of three judges has found two North Carolina men innocent of a murder to which they had once pleaded guilty.

The judges announced their decision Thursday in Asheville after nearly two weeks of testimony in the cases of Kenneth Kagonyera and Robert Wilcoxsin.

Both men had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Walter Bowman of Fairview at his home in 2000. They claimed they agreed to the pleas to avoid the possibility of getting the death penalty or spending life behind bars.

The State of Things
9:51 am
Fri January 30, 2009

Uncovering Black Asheville

The Young Men's Institute

Darin Waters joins host Frank Stasio to discuss the fascinating history of race relations in Asheville.

In the late 1800s, North Carolina's favorite mountain retreat was home to a progressive African-American community that founded the Young Men's Institute. It remains the country's oldest free-standing African-American community center.

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