-May 13, 2013-
3:00 -- BREAKING NEWS: A Philadelphia jury convicts abortionist Kermit Gosnell on three counts of First Dgree Murder. Plus, the latest on the Asheville water lawsuit.
4:00 -- The Mayor of Asheville says she never got a written $57 million proposal from the Metropolitan Sewerage District. Except she actually did.
5:00 -- The IRS is trouble for targeting Tea Party groups starting back in 2010.
-May 14, 2013-
3:00 -- Buncombe County Commissioners really, really, really care about what you think about their proposal to give $18 million to an un-named business. But they say we'll be happy!
4:00 -- WLOS has a story on how the Buncombe County School district has a history of not getting the required permits for work.
5:00 -- More on the WLOS story. Plus, Scott Hamilton, President & CEO of AdvantageWest, joins us to talk about a bill in the NC Senate that would strip the organization of $1 million in state funding.
-May 15, 2013-
3:00 -- Dr. Terry Stoops joins us to talk about a Henderson County classroom exam that used a partisan editorial to teach English to 4th graders. Plus, dissention at AB Tech over the new building.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from Mountain Xpress drop by to chat about the latest edition on news stands today.
5:00 -- Jane Bilello, Chairman of the Asheville Tea Party, joins us to talk about how her group may have been targeted by the IRS in a national campaign of intimidation.
-May 16, 2013-
3:00 -- Scandalamnia! IRS, Benghazi, and the AP phone records - has President Obama stopped the political bleeding?
4:00 -- More Scandalmania.
4:30 -- NC State Treasurer Janet Cowell drops by the studio to chat about unclaimed property you might have, plus will the City of Asheville see a downgrade of its bond rating if the water system gets merged into MSD?
5:00 -- Scandalmania! Plus trivia.
-May 17, 2013-
3:00 -- As Pete predicted it took a year for John Edwards to kick off his "comeback" tour. Plus, Jeff Greiner, Gerald Kummerlow and Simone Seitz join us to about an upcoming Zipline event to raise money for a local autism agency. Details are here.
4:00 -- Protesters rally for education. Pete suggests stop crying about funding until schools quit wasting money, like the "sweet" deal given to outgoing Asheville City Schools Superintendent Allen Johnson. Then, more on the Buncombe Co. Schools permit scandal.
5:00 -- More on the permits story. Plus, Susan Myrick from Civitas joins us to talk about the latest in a series of investigative reports looking at the incestuous relationship between the Board of Elections and the leftwing group Democracy NC.
I don't know why Republicans are getting all worked up over the Dorothea Dix Hospital deal.
Have a heart, GOP! Do any of you really think Gov. Bev Perdue is going to get ANYTHING named after her? This is her best shot, barring any attempt by some Raleigh Royalty to get it named after someone like Jim Goodmon, the CEO of Capitol Broadcasting (WRAL) or former Mayor Smedes York. Both are major backers of the deal.
On their way out the door, lame duck Democratic state leaders voted along party lines to lease the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus to the City of Raleigh for $500,000 per year for 99 years.
The state would get to lease back the office space it currently uses in the old mental institution. (There's some obvious joke here, but I'll let it be.)
Republicans say the Democrats on the Council of State are giving away the land below market value, and the deal should wait until the new Governor and Lt. Governor are sworn-in so they can review it.
GOP legislative leaders say they'll try to block the deal.
Republicans do have a point here. The Dix property is valued at $86 million. An annual lease of $500,000 is a bargain.
But Raleigh Royalty really REALLY want this land so they can have a "destination park." You know, like Central Park? And I think some folks in Central and Eastern NC are feeling a little insecure about not controlling the state power apparatus now. So they might never get a chance again to cut one of these sweetheart deals.
So, I really can't blame Gov. Perdue for rushing the deal. I just hope she got a rider to the agreement that it won't be called Easley Park.
That would just be insulting.