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Asheville City Council Tuesday approved $2.1 million for the reparations fund for the city's Black community.  But what the money will be spent on is still unknown, as the 'truth telling' sessions the city is holding to determine what form reparations will take continue throughout June.

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unanimous ruling out of the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will affect thousands of North Carolina immigrants who have received temporary protected status. The high court ruled that those who entered the country illegally and later received temporary protected status, often referred to as TPS, are not eligible to apply for permanent residency.

Smokies Visitors Cited For Feeding Peanut Butter To Bear

Jun 8, 2021
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Some visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been accused of feeding peanut butter to a bear.

Trump Uses NC Speech To Assert Party Control

Jun 7, 2021
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On Saturday, former President Donald Trump made one of his first major public appearances since losing the 2020 election, addressing a North Carolina Republican Party convention in Greenville.

If there were any lingering questions over Trump’s continuing influence among party loyalists, he answered them that night.

WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of June 7

Jun 7, 2021
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Do you have a question about the COVID vaccine?  We want to hear from you!  Record your question as a voice memo on your cell phone and email us at voices@bpr.org or use the "talk to us" feature on the free BPR mobile app.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's pick to lead the state's environmental agency appears doomed in the state Senate, where Republicans on a key committee formally opposed the Democrat's choice on Wednesday.

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On the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season Monday, a North Carolina House committee approved a bill that would help communities plan for future storms and flooding.

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Giving bonuses to North Carolina's unemployment benefit recipients who get a job soon would help both business struggling to fill vacancies and residents who need a nudge to return to work, Republican lawmakers said Tuesday.

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Duke Energy is asking regulators to approve a $56 million plan to expand electric vehicle charging in North Carolina.

The Charlotte-based company says it wants to help speed up the adoption of electric vehicles. That's also a goal of North Carolina's Clean Energy Plan, which requires utilities to develop charging infrastructure and rates.

WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of May 31

Jun 1, 2021
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Do you have a question about the COVID vaccine?  We want to hear from you!  Record your question as a voice memo on your cell phone and email us at voices@bpr.org or use the "talk to us" feature on the free BPR mobile app.

Charlotte-area pool and hot tub owners may have a hard time finding chlorine tablets to sanitize their swimming pools because of a nationwide shortage.

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North Carolina health providers are requesting fewer and fewer vaccines and have sent back nearly 390,000 doses to the federal government as the state ramps up efforts to reach communities that have been less likely to get a COVID-19 shot.

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In 2016, North Carolina modified how it releases video from police body-worn cameras to the public. Previously, it was up to law enforcement to release the footage.

BPR's The Waters & Harvey Show held its second live show Wednesday evening.  Our hosts, their panel, and viewers were all posed the same questions as Asheville further delves into reparations for its Black community - What is justice?  And what form of reparations will bring racial justice?

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Environmental groups are calling on North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to halt taxpayer subsidies and limit new factory permits for the wood pellet industry.

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Duke Energy is at the center of another ad campaign in the debate over how North Carolina's energy system should evolve.

WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of May 24

May 24, 2021
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Do you have a question about the COVID vaccine?  We want to hear from you!  Record your question as a voice memo on your cell phone and email us at voices@bpr.org or use the "talk to us" feature on the free BPR mobile app.

Quality Of Care Concerns Rise At Mission Hospital

May 21, 2021

Forrest Johnson fell in her garden on April 22 and broke her leg in two places. Her husband and stepdaughter rushed the 68-year-old former nurse to the Mission Hospital emergency room in Asheville from their home near Burnsville, about an hour’s drive. They arrived around 8 p.m.

WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of May 17

May 17, 2021
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Do you have a question about the COVID vaccine?  We want to hear from you!  Record your question as a voice memo on your cell phone and email us at voices@bpr.org or use the "talk to us" feature on the free BPR mobile app.

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Demolition of the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville began Monday and will take roughly two weeks to complete.

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The Asheville Tourists opened their season Tuesday night at McCormick Field. Friends, families and long-time fans dusted off their jerseys and waited six-feet apart to enter McCormick field. Greetings were shouted from afar as fans said hello to one another behind baseball-themed masks. The threat of rain didn’t scare away a sell-out crowd. 

A criminal justice reform package focused on targeting insubordinate and overly aggressive officers while giving more mental health assistance to police and deputies was approved Tuesday by a Senate committee.

North Carolina lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a bill to make it illegal for physicians to perform abortions because of the fetus' race or a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

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After losing an entire season, baseball returns to Asheville Tuesday.

WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of May 3

May 3, 2021
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Do you have a question about the COVID vaccine?  We want to hear from you!  Record your question as a voice memo on your cell phone and email us at voices@bpr.org or use the "talk to us" feature on the free BPR mobile app.

Profits Up At HCA, Ratings Down At Mission

May 3, 2021
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HCA Healthcare, which owns and operates Mission Hospital in Asheville, reported this month that it made $1.4 billion in profits for the first three months of 2021, more than double the amount for the same period last year. 

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The Environmental Protection Agency and other environmental investigators are looking into a strong odor that's been reported along the North Carolina-South Carolina border near Charlotte.

The 2020 election results were barely finalized by the time the 2022 U.S. Senate race in North Carolina started heating up.

A gunman who killed himself, two deputies and his mother and stepfather in a 13-hour home standoff in North Carolina had a large cache of weapons and may have been contemplating an attack in public, a sheriff said Thursday.

Can Asheville Become More Than Beer And Bears?

Apr 30, 2021

Five years ago, entrepreneur and philanthropist Mack Pearsall thought he had discovered Asheville’s path to great wealth and world acclaim. Not through its beer; not because of its natural amenities.

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