‘Idol’s’ Caleb Johnson apologizes for remark

(Asheville Citizen-Times)  Asheville rocker Caleb Johnson issued an apology Saturday for remarks he made online Thursday night that appeared to label some of his fans “retards” for their song suggestions. After Thursday’s “American Idol” results show, Johnson was asked on camera by an online reporter from AfterBuzz TV whether his opinion of social media had changed, since Wednesday’s live performance show had featured each contestant singing two songs selected by fans via social media. Clearly annoyed that he was forced to sing “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” a song recorded by Aerosmith and written by pop ballad composer Diane Warren (better known for her tunes for the likes of Celine Dion), Johnson let loose.

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Should $11.85 an hour be the new local minimum wage?

(Asheville Citizen-Times) Just Economics has been pushing for local businesses to pay a “living wage,” which it calculates at $11.85 an hour. So far, 370 businesses in the Asheville area have signed on. Forget $10.10 an hour.  President Barack Obama proposed that figure as the nation’s new minimum wage. But to Mark Hebbard, the rate should be higher for workers in the Asheville area, where the cost of living rivals that in larger North Carolina cities. “I’m here to tell you, $11.85 should be the new $10 an hour,” said Hebbard, a living wage employer certification program coordinator at Just Economics of Western North Carolina. The nonprofit group has been pushing for local businesses to pay a “living wage,” which it calculates at $11.85 an hour, the minimum amount a worker must make to afford basic necessities, without public or private assistance. So far, 370 businesses in the Asheville area have signed on, meaning about 3,000 workers have moved above that living wage threshold.

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Shots fired near Asheville Mall, suspect in custody

 (Asheville Citizen-Times) Asheville police on Monday arrested a South Carolina man on charges that he unleashed multiple shots at a vehicle on South Tunnel Road near an entrance to Asheville Mall. The shooter, Romick said, wrecked at a mall entrance and ran toward the mall, discarding his gun and helmet. The man, later identified as 52-year-old Isaac Allen Beverly, entered the mall at the Barnes & Noble entrance. About 20 officers responded to the mall and secured the entrances, Romick said, and a team of four officers entered the mall to apprehend Beverly.Multiple witnesses called 911 to report the shooting about 5:10 p.m. Monday and described a man riding a motorcycle and shooting at a vehicle occupied by two other men, Asheville police Sgt. Dave Romick said.

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Flash flooding from heavy rain overnight has forced the evacuation of dozens of people in Woodfin. Some of the families along Weaverville Road had to be rescued by boat after their homes became flooded with 8 to 10 feet of water. About 30 people had to be evacuated. Three people were taken to Mission Hospital. The rescue and evacuation started about 3:00am.

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flooding from heavy rain overnight has forced the evacuation of dozens of people in Woodfin

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Flash flooding from heavy rain overnight has forced the evacuation of dozens of people in Woodfin. Some of the families along Weaverville Road had to be rescued by boat after their homes became flooded with 8 to 10 feet of water. About 30 people had to be evacuated. Three people were taken to Mission Hospital. The rescue and evacuation started about 3:00am

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Flash flooding from heavy rain overnight has forced the evacuation of dozens of people in Woodfin. Some of the families along Weaverville Road had to be rescued by boat after their homes became flooded with 8 to 10 feet of water. About 30 people had to be evacuated. Three people were taken to Mission Hospital. The rescue and evacuation started about 3:00am.

Read More at: http://wlos.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wlos_flooding-forces-evacuations-16026.shtml

Flash flooding from heavy rain overnight has forced the evacuation of dozens of people in Woodfin. Some of the families along Weaverville Road had to be rescued by boat after their homes became flooded with 8 to 10 feet of water. About 30 people had to be evacuated. Three people were taken to Mission Hospital. The rescue and evacuation started about 3:00am.

Read More at: http://wlos.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wlos_flooding-forces-evacuations-16026.shtml

Asheville site of major bear study

 (Asheville Citizen-Times)  State researchers hope the four-year study, the first of its kind in the Southeast, will shed new light on how bears survive and even thrive in populated areas — where they frequent, what they eat and about reproduction and mortality patterns. Knowledge gained will help researchers map out strategies for how bears and humans can better coexist. The study, a collaboration between N.C. State University and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, kicked off earlier this month, with a focus on attaching collars equipped with GPS devices on bears. Biologists have set out a dozen baited culvert traps — large metal containers with a doors that slam shut when a bear goes inside — in and around Asheville, all on private land with landowners’ cooperation. Captured bears are tranquilized to allow researchers to attach the collars, then released unharmed a short time later. Biologists plan to keep collars on about 40 bears.

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Caleb Johnson drops mic, has ‘awesome’ moment on ‘Idol’

(Asheville Citizen-Times) Caleb Johnson’s biggest competitor on Wednesday’s “American Idol” performance show was — Caleb Johnson. Johnson turned the levels up to 11, as Spinal Tap might have said, for “Sting Me,” his rock selection. Even better — although home viewers could barely see it — he dropped his microphone and slid on his knees toward the back of the stage to grab it off the floor without missing a word of the lyrics. Judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban were nearly delirious with excitement at his delivery. It was “the mark of a true professional,” J. Lo. said of Johnson’s mic recovery in her remarks after the prolonged audience cheering that followed Johnson’s number. (Lopez had to keep repeating “OK” while waiting for quiet so she could speak.) “It was a real moment. You created a moment. It was awesome.” Even mentor and former judge Randy Jackson chimed in from the edge of the stage. “That’s rock ‘n’ roll right there,” he said, almost yelling. “He was so reckless and wild. That’s what it’s all about.”

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Independent Asheville Radio Host Susan Reinhardt had an exclusive interview with Caleb’s Mom yesterday. You can listen to the Podcast HERE>

Asheville Wine & Food Festival announces 2014 details

(Mountain XPress) A vibrant restaurant, brewery, wine, spirits, and boundless downtown scene have placed Asheville in the national spotlight time and again. Underground supper clubs, James Beard-nominated chefs, nationally recognized distilleries, and boasting more breweries per capita than any U.S. city, Asheville is the culinary destination. And there’s no better opportunity to sample it all in one place than during the 6th annual Asheville Wine & Food Festival, held August 21-23 at the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. Multiple days of events highlight the area’s top chefs, artisan food producers, craft brewers, distilleries, as well as regional and international wines. Look for our Festival App produced by UGO Tour for both iPhone and Android in July. (The event is owned and led by WZGM Host Bob Bowles and sponsored in part by Independent Asheville Radio.)

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State report: More people finding jobs

(Hendersonville Times-News) Almost 8,000 more people were either working or looking for jobs in March, a shift from a trend that indicated people were dropping out of the labor force, the state Commerce Department reported Monday. In the past year, only March and January showed an increase in the number of North Carolina residents working or hunting for jobs. The state’s labor force of potential or active workers shrank by nearly 50,000 since March 2013. The report showing both the state’s employment and its workforce increasing diminishes, at least for a month, arguments that the sharply improving unemployment rate was due largely to discouraged job-seekers giving up than finding jobs that are becoming increasingly available.

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WNC counties focus on truancy

(Asheville Citizen-Times) Schools, mental health providers, social workers and other agencies in seven Western North Carolina counties are working to identify problems that might be leading to truancy and to get families the services they need before the problem gets worse. The Western Region Continuum Early Intervention Program, which began this school year, includes a variety of agencies working in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. Their focus is on elementary-age students.

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Downtown road closures announced for Moogfest

(Mountain XPress) The following roads will be closed during Moogfest 2014 in downtown Asheville: The outdoor stage and art exhibits during Moogfest will require the closure of Broadway and Lexington Avenue between Starnes Avenue and Hiawassee Street from 6 p.m., April 24 to 12 a.m., April 28. The I-240 onramp will remain open with the Asheville Police Department regulating pedestrian crossings during operating hours. Programming at the U.S. Cellular Center will require the closure of Hiawassee Street between Flint Street and Rankin Avenue from 8 a.m., April 22 to 6 p.m., April 27. The street may be opened from time to time based on necessity at the promoter’s discretion.

Follow all event details at http://www.moogfest.com

Baldwin named Asheville City Schools superintendent

(Asheville Citizen-Times) Pamela Baldwin was named Asheville City Schools superintendent Tuesday morning. Baldwin, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Scotland County Schools in Laurinburg, was chosen over two other finalists, Ronald Hargrave of Statesville, and Jeff Cox of Sparta.  The announcement came at an Asheville City Board of Education meeting.  In her interview for the position earlier this month, Baldwin said: “I want to be a leader in a school district that matches my beliefs and values. Why Asheville City Schools? Because we match. I believe we could move from what is already excellent to phenomenal.”

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