AFM News Hour: Thursday Edition
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The Asheville FM News Hour features news, commentary and interviews regarding the issues affecting people in Asheville and WNC. We're proud to include weekly headlines, the Wild Gardener segment with Peter Loewer, and the CalCast from The Mountain Xpress.  We seek to highlight the voices of the community of Asheville and share relevant stories from across the state.

Tune in Thursdays at 7pm for lively discussions with news makers, non-profits and everyday folks.

Our news team includes:Andrew Rainey, Scott Owen, TJ Amos, David Forbes, Trevon Dunn, Gerry Leonard, Keith Fletcher, Rachel Herman, Emma Hutchens, Victor Palomino, Andrew Vasco, Elizabeth Garland, Alex Heisey and Zachary Newman. Logo courtesy of Nathanael Roney.


AFM News Hour: Thursday Edition's Blog

Jan. 20 2017

News Team correspondent, Doug Klesch stopped by a health care rally in Pack Square. This is what people had to say...

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Jan. 13 2017

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There never was doubt about Dylann S. Roof’s guilt. The white supremacist confessed to shooting to death nine African-Americans in June 2015. Roof showed no regret, no remorse for the killings in Charleston at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. 


The question that loomed was, would he die for his crimes? A federal jury unanimously answered Tuesday.

 The jury of nine white and three black people voted to recommend that Roof be executed. The judge has begun a sentencing hearing on imposing the death penalty.


There is a bigger question than Roof’s fate. It is the question that swirls around the death penalty itself.


Roof’s case spotlights our doubts about handing down the ultimate sentence. 

What if there were mistakes made in the process?

The verdict does not mean that Roof will be executed.


His case likely will go through years of appeals. The courts may hear about Roof’s mental competency to stand trial. Lawyers may argue that the emotional intensity of the sentencing phase overly influenced the jurors. There may be concerns raised about the drugs used for lethal injection. Many questions remain.


To help us get a handle on the issues in the Roof case and the death penalty, Asheville FM News sat down with an attorney who specializes in appeals cases.

Rick Sichta is an attorney in Jacksonville, Florida, who has been involved in challenging the constitutionality of how death sentences in Florida have been issued.

“The difference is not guilt or innocence but, instead, life or death,” wrote the court in its ruling.



Listen to Rick Sichta’s insights on Dylann Roof and the death penalty. Should the death penalty be allowed? You decide.




Jan. 13 2017

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Local scratch artist, DJ Kutzu served as Station Manager at Asheville FM for the year of 2016. He sits down with Emma Hutchens to reflect a year of growth at the station.

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