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Gov. Cooper violating law by withholding public records

WNCN, WRAL have been waiting for records since spring on Cooper's unemployment office mismanagement

Sen. Edwards: "Cooper is making a mockery of the free press."

RALEIGH, N.C. – WNCN, Charlotte's NBC affiliate, reported that yesterday "marks five months since WCNC Charlotte first requested public records related to the change in leadership within [the Division of Employment Security]."

ASHEVILLE — Pratt & Whitney announced plans last week to invest $650 million through 2027 in a new manufacturing facility that will create 800 new jobs in Buncombe County.

The milestone investment in new building, technology, machinery and equipment will bring career opportunities in engineering, technology, production and management. A division of Raytheon Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney made the announcement in conjunction with the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners and the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County.

To many activists, including outgoing Asheville City Council member Brian Haynes, the city’s Sept. 22 move to reallocate $770,000 from the $30.1 million Asheville Police Department was a token gesture that “perpetuates systemic racism.” N.C. Senator Chuck Edwards, who represents parts of South Asheville and Henderson County, similarly believes that the move was “an absolute travesty” — for quite different reasons.

(The Center Square) – Officers are leaving the Asheville Police Department (APD) in record numbers because of threats and abuse from the public, Asheville Police Chief David Zack said.

While the number of officers who have left the department in the months after protests over police brutality has doubled since the same time frame last year, the Asheville City Council also has cut police funding by 3%.

Pratt & Whitney investing $650m in Buncombe County aerospace manufacturing operations

Edwards: "This massive investment is a testament to western North Carolina's work ethic, skill, and ingenuity"

RALEIGH, N.C. – International aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is investing $650 million in a Buncombe County facility to manufacture jet engine parts and consolidate some worldwide operations.