western north carolina

North Carolina's 11th Congressional District encompasses most of western North Carolina.  Republican Mark Meadows has represented it since 2013.  He is seeking a third term and faces Democratic challenger Rick Bryson, a Bryson City alderman who narrowly captured the party's primary this year.  They debated at Western Carolina University last month.  It was moderated by WLOS News 13's Frank Fraboni.

Burr - Neither Trump Or Clinton A Role Model

Oct 12, 2016
Matt Bush WCQS

North Carolina Senator Richard Burr says neither Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump are role models.  But the Republican still stands behind the GOP nominee as Burr faces his own tough re-election bid.

During an informal 30-minute talk with employees at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Asheville, Burr never said Trump or Clinton’s name.  He made it clear though he thinks neither is a role model, which Burr reiterated with reporters later.

“I’m not sure I’d hold up either of them to my grandchildren and say ‘Here’s someone you can mirror’”, says Burr.

Early Voting On The Way For WNC

Oct 7, 2016
WRAL

As this year’s election season further heats up going into the fall, voters in the Tar Heel State will soon begin casting their ballots.

Early Voting begins on October 20, and by November 5, will close on the heels of a controversial year for North Carolina, after a federal court of appeals recently struck down a 2013 law which decreased the number of days early voting would be available from 17 days to 10.

Voters in Asheville this fall will decide a $74-million bond referendum.  But it will take more than one vote.  On the front side of the ballot, Asheville voters will make their choices for president, U.S. Senate, governor, and both branches of the General Assembly.  During her ‘State of the city’ address Mayor Esther Manheimer reminded voters to turn their ballots over, because their job won’t be done yet.

For the first time, bees in the United States have been placed on the endangered species list.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added to the list seven species of bee native to Hawaii

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For a few short weeks, every year, the mountains of Western North Carolina are renowned for their bright autumn leaves. The generations have brought to the region countless so-called “leaf-lookers” enthralled by their fiery shades of yellow and red come mid-October. Even this year, when area biologists are expecting fall leaves to be duller, and less-vibrant, all local economists can see on the horizon is the color of money for the mountains.

Fuel Frenzy Fades In Mountains, Stations Impacted

Sep 27, 2016
Davin Eldridge

Once news of a ruptured gasoline pipeline in Alabama broke earlier this month, people throughout the southeastern United States immediately rushed out to their local gas stations to stock up. More than 250,000 gallons of fuel is estimated to have been leaked, and the panic that ensued from the incident caused fuel shortages at many area gas stations—and Western North Carolina was by no means immune to the shortages, nor the public’s response to it.

North Carolina is shaping up to be one of if the not the chief battleground state in this year's presidential election.  And a new poll from the New York Times only adds more credence to that.

New In-Roads For WNC Public Transit

Sep 22, 2016
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For millions of people across the United States, the beginning of their day starts at a bus stop.

 

Gas Stations Seeing Shortages Across The Region

Sep 20, 2016

Gas stations across North Carolina are seeing shortages following a pipeline leak.  But Triple-A says the rupture is not necessarily the cause of that.  It’s the crush of drivers filling up that is causing stations to run out of gas says Triple-A Carolinas spokeswoman Tiffany Wright.  Her message is don’t panic – there’s enough gas to go around.

Mountains Get Front Row Seat To Eclipse Next Year

Sep 6, 2016
The red lines depict the path's border--areas that will experience roughly one minute of eclipse--whereas the blue middle line depicts the center, with a duration of about two-and-a-half minutes. The path will stretch across 43.6 miles of the region.
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Next summer, the earth will cross the shadow of the moon, creating a total solar eclipse. For the first time in nearly 40 years, its path will pass through the continental United States. The event will occur on August 21, of 2017, and promises to attract a massive audience from around the world, as the eclipse sweeps across the sky from Oregon in the Pacific Northwest, makes its way Southeast, passes through Western North Carolina, and eventually beyond the coast of South Carolina.

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