Western North Carolina

The State of Things
12:26 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Asheville’s Just Economics Impact on Workers

Just Economics is trying to get a living wage for working class in Western North Carolina.
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Host Frank Stasio talks with Vicki Meath, executive director of Just Economics

  The Asheville nonprofit Just Economics has been pushing for local businesses to pay a living wage. 

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Politics & Government
4:16 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

House Lawmakers Approve Measure That Would Weaken Environmental Regulations

In 2005, the General Assembly named the Southern Appalachian Brook Trout the official Freshwater Trout for the State of North Carolina.
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State lawmakers in both chambers have approved a measure that would weaken environmental rules protecting rivers and streams in North Carolina.

Among other things, Senate Bill 883 would reduce the ratio of land that has to be mitigated when developers and others damage the banks of those waterways. That kind of damage is a major contributor to poor water quality.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina Guidebook

The Blue Ridge Music Trails initiative


The Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina are the center of a rich history of music and dance, from musicians like Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs, to traditions like ballad singing and square dancing. 

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Meet Don Pedi

Don Pedi
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North Carolina transplant Don Pedi grew up just outside of Boston across the Chelsea River from Logan Airport in the sixties.

Don’s journey to the Tar Heel state includes one life-changing night at a coffee house, a spontaneous cross-country tour and a passion for the dulcimer. 

Today, he is fixture in the traditional music scene in western North Carolina and the Appalachian Mountains. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Pedi about traditional mountain music and western North Carolina.

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The State of Things
12:28 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Fracking In Western North Carolina?

Worker oversees the process of mixing water with fracking fluids to be injected into the ground in Bakken, North Dakota.
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Jon Elliston, investigations and open government editor for Carolina Public Press; and John Murawski, reporter for the News and Observer talk about fracking in Western North Carolina

  Experts have been looking at the piedmont and coastal plain as a potential fracking zone. 

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