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Lilly Knoepp

Lake Junaluska has hosted the Western North Carolina conference of the United Methodist Church for decades.  For many of those years, its felt more like a family reunion than a convention. But this year was a little different.

 

Kids play in swimming pool on the edge of the lake while adults get ready for another long day of voting.

 

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Six pastors walk into a brewery … It sounds like the start of a bad joke. Instead, it’s a Monday morning at the former Habitat Brewing in Asheville, and this is an improv comedy class.

Clifton Hall is the co-founder of the Asheville Improv Collective and he’s teaching this class—his first with the entire student base made up of pastors and ministers.

Asheville Approves Sunday Morning Alcohol Sales

Jul 24, 2017
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Updated Tuesday 7/25 7:23pm:  The Asheville City Council approved Sunday alcohol sales unanimously, meaning restaurants and bars can start serving drinks at 10am rather than the previous noon start time.  The original story is below.

Science, and religion. Are they mutually exclusive? Former North Carolina governor Jim Martin doesn't think so. 

"It's a new interpretation that science and religion are not only different domains of truth, but they...harmonize."

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SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror — waged in the name of the Lord.

Congregants of the Word of Faith Fellowship were regularly punched, smacked, choked, slammed to the floor or thrown through walls in a violent form of deliverance meant to "purify" sinners by beating out devils, 43 former members told The Associated Press in separate, exclusive interviews.

On February 10th, 2015, Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha were shot and killed execution-style in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Their neighbor, Craig Hicks, was quickly arrested and charged with the crime. But what happened that night? Why? And what does it mean for us now?

NC State has something called the speech permit policy. It requires student groups to get written permission from the school before engaging in any type of solicitation.  The school has had the policy since 1993. But it's barred from enforcing it at least for now, since a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against NC State over the weekend.  

A group of clergy convened in front of the State Capitol Building to stand in solidarity and support House Bill 2 on Tuesday morning.

The group of about 40 pastors - both black and white from across the state - spoke for more than an hour in the foreground of a George Washington statue.

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Katharine Hayhoe, a renowned climate scientist and evangelical Christian, will bring her call to action on climate change to Asheville.  Hayhoe has events scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday (4/5 and 4/6).  The trip is sponsored by environmental group MountainTrue (who underwrites on WCQS) and the Creation Care Alliance of WNC.  Hayhoe is director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University.  She was featured on a Showtime documentary and was on Time magazine's 2014 list of Top 100 most influential people in the world.

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Usually the swearing in of a mayor gets little notice.  Not so with Franklin mayor Bob Scott, who was sworn in for his second term, an event that’s gotten a lot of attention. 

Bob Scott: “And I never in my wildest dreams would have thought that would have happened.  I mean it’s apparently gone all over the United States for some reason.”

Scott speaks with WCQS's Jeremy Loeb about politics and religion.  You can hear the full interview by clicking the audio above. 

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Updated 11:09 PM Wednesday:

Two controversial bills: one concerning gay marriage, the other abortion, are closer to becoming law after votes Wednesday.

North Carolina legislators are nearing final approval on legislation allowing some North Carolina court officials to opt out of same-sex marriage duties based on "sincerely held religious" objections.

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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.

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A grand jury in North Carolina has indicted a man on three counts of murder in the shootings of three young Muslims in what authorities have said was a dispute over parking spaces.

Television stations WRAL and WTVD reported a grand jury in Durham County handed up the indictments Monday for 46-year-old Craig Hicks.

No one answered a phone call from The Associated Press at the courthouse, which closed midday for impending ice and snowstorm.

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Search warrants show the suspect in the shooting deaths of three Muslim college students in North Carolina had a stash of a dozen firearms in the home he shared with his wife, along with a large cache of ammunition.

Records filed in Durham County Superior Court on Friday list items recovered by police from the Chapel Hill condominium of Craig Stephen Hicks, the 46-year-old charged with three counts of murder.

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The FBI says it's opened a "parallel preliminary inquiry" in connection with the shooting deaths of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill to determine if federal laws were violated.

A statement issued on Thursday said the FBI is continuing to provide assistance to the Chapel Hill Police Department to process evidence related to the shootings.

Police have said they are investigating whether religious or ethnic hatred motivated shooting suspect Craig Stephen Hicks in any way, and federal investigators have said hate crimes haven't been ruled out.

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A local legislator in the General Assembly is taking a stand for same-sex couples.  Democratic Senator Terry Van Duyn of Buncumbe County joined a press conference this morning denouncing a bill that sponsors say protects religious freedom.  Senate leader Phil Berger introduced the bill that would allow magistrates to opt out of weddings if they have conflicting religious beliefs.  That could mean anyone, but Van Duyn says same-sex couples are the ones being targeted.