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With lawmakers back in Raleigh, we’re speaking with some of those members from out here in the west.  Today, Susan Fisher, an Asheville Democrat.

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Duke and UNC’s men’s basketball teams begin their march for championships today in the NCAA tournament.   But instead of getting a home state advantage, they’ll have to travel south of the border.  Because of House Bill 2, the games will be played in Greenville, South Carolina instead of Greensboro.  The NCAA pulled championship events from the state because of the law, which is still on the books.  Repeal efforts are faltering.  

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski has previously called the law "embarrassing."  He spoke on the situation yesterday.

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With the legislature back to work in Raleigh, we’re talking to some of those lawmakers out here in the west.  Today, Senator Terry Van Duyn, Democrat of Buncombe County.

This week, BPR gardening expert Alison Arnold talks about how to do composting with earthworms.

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In an interview with WCQS's Jeremy Loeb, Asheville mayor Esther Manheimer discusses legislative efforts to repeal House Bill 2, as well as a bill that could soon be filed that would split Asheville into districts for the purpose of electing city council members.

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This week, WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold talks about the dramatic swings in temperature and what gardeners should do about it.

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With lawmakers back in Raleigh for their long session, we’re taking the time to speak to the members from out here in the west.  Today, Brian Turner, a Democrat of Buncombe County.  Turner represents District 116 in the House of Representatives.

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Democratic Governor Roy Cooper on Tuesday introduced an HB2 repeal he framed as a compromise.  Cooper, along with Democratic party leaders Sen. Dan Blue and Rep. Darren Jackson, said the bill would address the concerns of all parties.

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has joined with at least 16 other state attorneys general in opposing President Trump's executive order temporarily halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations.  Stein, a Democrat, says the order is contrary to American values, undermines our standing in the world and weakens our national security. 

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With lawmakers back in Raleigh, we’re talking to some of the representatives from out west.  Today, Josh Dobson, a Republican of Nebo who serves the 85th district that spans Avery, McDowell and Mitchell Counties.  He’s in his 3rd term.  

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NPR will be in Asheville on Tuesday February 7th for the latest 'Going There' event.  Weekend All Things Considered host Michel Martin will lead a night of performances and discussion on the topic 'What Happens When Your Hometown Gets Hot?' at the Diana Wortham Theater.  Tickets for the event have sold out but there will be a live stream that night to watch.  You can also join the conversation on Twitter by following @NPRMichel and @WCQS using the hashtag #HotHometown.

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With lawmakers back in Raleigh for the long session, we’re talking to some of those legislators out here in the west.  Representing the farthest district west in the Senate is Republican Jim Davis.  District 50 covers some ground, spanning seven counties: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain.  Davis resides in Franklin.  The 70-year-old Senator has been in dentistry for over four decades.  He’ll still be a practicing orthodontist on Mondays and Fridays in Franklin even during the long session.

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As lawmakers head back to Raleigh for their long session, we’ve been talking to some of those legislators from out here in the west.  One of the most influential lawmakers from our region is expected to be Representative Chuck McGrady, a Republican of Henderson County.  McGrady will hold key positions in the legislature.   Most notably as co-chair of the House Appropriations Committee, McGrady will have a key role in shaping the two year budget.  I asked him about the recent special sessions, one in which lawmakers effectively stripped a number of powers from incoming Democratic Governor R

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North Carolina lawmakers will head back to Raleigh with some new members representing parts of western North Carolina.  Earlier, we profiled Cody Henson, a Republican of Brevard.  Today we introduce the new face of the 119th district encompassing Haywood, Jackson, and Swain Counties.  Republican Mike Clampitt has run for this seat several times before.  In November, he finally got over the top, eking out a win over incumbent Democrat Joe Sam Queen by just around 300 votes.

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With the North Carolina legislature set to get to work on the 25th for its long session, we’re profiling a couple of the new faces from out here in the west.

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