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Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

Asheville City Council Tuesday approved new rules for future hotel projects, ending a nearly one-and-a-half-year moratorium on the construction of new hotels in the city.

WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of Feb. 22

Feb 22, 2021
Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

Looking for information about where to get vaccinated near you?  North Carolina Health News has a comprehensive listing of county vaccines sites, which will be updated often. Find it here.

Need a ride?  NCDOT and NCDHHS have distributed funding to help pay for transportation. Check with your local transit agency for more details.  You can find your agency online  NC_public_transit.pdfOpen PDF

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.

Cory Vaillancourt

COVID-19 caused the cancellation last fall of one of the nation’s greatest high school football rivalries – Pisgah vs. Tuscola.

Although the game has finally been rescheduled for next week, the coronavirus pandemic will have an impact on the number of spectators in the stands, due to capacity limits.

Emma Johnson

Climate change has been wreaking havoc on Western North Carolina's famed trout industry.  Specifically, rising sustained temperatures are slowly eliminating the cold water in lakes trout need to thrive.  While climate change continues to impact trout, the COVID-19 pandemic is too.

Photo courtesy of Christina Dougherty


Schools in Buncombe County welcome students back this week for the first time since December.  Those who have not opted for all remote instruction will be in-class in-person two days a week.  Preparation for their return extends beyond the classroom.

WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week of Feb. 15

Feb 15, 2021
Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

Looking for information about where to get vaccinated near you?  North Carolina Health News has a comprehensive listing of county vaccines sites, which will be updated often. Find it here.

Need a ride?  NCDOT and NCDHHS have distributed funding to help pay for transportation. Check with your local transit agency for more details.  You can find your agency online  NC_public_transit.pdfOpen PDF 


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.

 

Sen. Richard Burr / Facebook

The North Carolina Republican Party will meet Monday night to consider censuring U.S. Sen. Richard Burr after he voted to convict Donald Trump Saturday in the former president's second impeachment trial.

Cawthorn Joins Firebrand GOP Colleagues On Far-Right Media

Feb 13, 2021
Twitter

Shortly after taking his seat in Congress last month, Madison Cawthorn emailed his Republican colleagues to tell them of his intended role. “I have built my staff around comms rather than legislation,” he wrote, using the slang word for public relations.

Atrium Health

North Carolina is opening up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for more people, including prekindergarten through 12th-grade teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodial and child care center employees beginning Feb. 24.

Atrium Health

Gov. Roy Cooper said on Tuesday that state officials will make an announcement this week with specific dates for when frontline essential workers, the next group slated for vaccination, can begin to schedule vaccine appointments. The state is currently vaccinating those in the first two groups of its vaccine plan: health care workers, people who live or work in long-term care facilities and people ages 65 and older.

WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of Feb. 8

Feb 8, 2021
Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

Looking for information about where to get vaccinated near you?  North Carolina Health News has a comprehensive listing of county vaccines sites, which will be updated often. Find it here.

Need a ride?  NCDOT and NCDHHS have distributed funding to help pay for transportation. Check with your local transit agency for more details.  You can find your agency online  NC_public_transit.pdfOpen PDF 


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.

Atrium Health

In recent weeks, thousands of people have crowded stadiums and arenas in Charlotte for COVID-19 vaccines. But mass vaccination events like the one at the Charlotte Motor Speedway or Bank of America Stadium don’t help seniors who are confined to their homes because of a disability or illness, those with sensory issues or those who don’t have access to transportation.

Reparations, Six Months Later: So Far, Empty Promises

Feb 5, 2021
Juanita Wilson / Buncombe County Special Collections, Pack Memorial Library, Asheville, NC

Six months ago, as part of a reckoning on racial injustice, the City of Asheville and Buncombe County both passed resolutions to consider reparations to the Black community as a way to begin making amends for slavery and generations of systemic discrimination.

Travis Long/Tlong@Newsobserver.Com / The News & Observer / NC Department Of Public Safety

Asheville City Schools

Vance Elementary School in Asheville will now be named Lucy S. Herring Elementary School, removing the name of North Carolina's Civil War Governor and U.S. Senator during Reconstruction from the building.

WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of Feb. 1

Feb 1, 2021
Lilly Knoepp / Blue Ridge Public Radio

Looking for information about where to get vaccinated near you?  North Carolina Health News has a comprehensive listing of county vaccines sites, which will be updated often. Find it here.

Need a ride?  NCDOT and NCDHHS have distributed funding to help pay for transportation. Check with your local transit agency for more details.  You can find your agency online  NC_public_transit.pdfOpen PDF 

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.

Courtesy of the family

Andy Strunck of Monroe won’t wear a mask. Not because the 30-year-old is trying to make a political statement but because he has autism and struggles with communication.

NC Department Of Public Safety

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday extended a trio of executive orders allowing for curbside alcohol sales, a halt to evictions and a requirement for people to remain at home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Rephel Martin / Tomeka Isaac

Tomeka Isaac and her husband tried to have a baby for two years. The Denver, North Carolina, resident was 40 years old when she conceived and was at high risk of developing preeclampsia, a pregnancy-related condition that causes high blood pressure. She took the baby aspirin her doctor recommended and tried to do everything right.

Alicia Carter / Carolina Public Press

 

Editor’s note: This article is Part 2 of a two-part investigative series.  Part one can be read here.

Rape Victims Need Help From Specialized Nurses, But No One In NC Keeps Track Of Them

Jan 25, 2021
Alicia Carter / Carolina Public Press

Editor’s note: This article is part 1 of a two-part investigative series from Carolina Public Press.

After a sexual assault, survivors have choices to make.

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

Looking for information about where to get vaccinated near you?  North Carolina Health News has a comprehensive listing of county vaccines sites, which will be updated often. Find it here.

Need a ride?  NCDOT and NCDHHS have distributed funding to help pay for transportation. Check with your local transit agency for more details.  You can find your agency online  NC_public_transit.pdfOpen PDF 

CNN / YouTube

North Carolina Republican U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn said in an interview with CNN that he wasn’t aware of the pre-election fight over absentee mail ballots in the state — despite the issue being the subject of numerous lawsuits between GOP legislative leaders and the Democratic-controlled state Board of Elections.

North Carolina, Catawba Tribe Ink Casino Revenue Agreement

Jan 25, 2021
Catawba Indian Nation

North Carolina’s governor has signed a revenue-sharing agreement with the Catawba Indian Nation that clears the way for Las Vegas-style gaming to be offered at a planned resort in Kings Mountain, officials said.

Cawthorn Talks Insurrection, Being Armed At Capitol

Jan 21, 2021
Jeffrey Delannoy/Smoky Mountain News

Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-Hendersonville, hasn’t even been in office for three weeks but he’s certainly made waves – not just in D.C., but in his Western North Carolina district.

Safety And Security Paramount For Biden Inaugural Events

Jan 20, 2021
Jeffrey Delannoy/Smoky Mountain News

President Trump is now “former President Trump.” But security concerns lingered during the inauguration of his successor, Joe Biden, after Trump helped incite a violent insurrection earlier this month.  In Washington, locals, tourists and, yes, reporters, dealt with the fallout of the insurrection on inauguration day. 

WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of Jan. 18

Jan 19, 2021
Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

Looking for information about where to get vaccinated near you?  North Carolina Health News has a comprehensive listing of county vaccines sites, which will be updated often. Find it here.

Cawthorn Says Capitol Mob Was Paid By Democrats

Jan 18, 2021
Cawthorn For NC Twitter account

In the middle of the siege of the Capitol on Jan. 6, while a mob of insurrectionists still roamed the halls and ransacked offices, leaving five dead and dozens injured, Madison Cawthorn called a friendly conservative radio host and blamed the violence on left-wing agitators sent by “the Democratic machine” to make President Trump look bad. 

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