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Hiding Behind “Confidentiality” the Director Refuses to Provide Details About Why Police Were Told to Leave Young Girl Alone with Stranger and Drugs

RALEIGH, N.C. – Director of Buncombe County Health and Human Services Talmadge “Stoney” Blevins provided few answers to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services about why officers with the Black Mountain Police Department were reportedly told to leave a 9-year-old girl in a hotel room with a stranger, meth, and more than 100 used needles back in March.

Asheville City Council voted last night to begin defunding its police department

When the legislature reconvenes next year, I will introduce a bill to "reallocate" funding from cities that "reallocate" police budgets

RALEIGH, N.C. – The morning after the Asheville City Council voted to defund its police department, Sen Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) announced his intent to file legislation to defund cities that defund the police.

RALEIGH, N.C. – At the request of Sen. Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson), today, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services voted to issue a subpoena for Talmadge "Stoney" Blevins, agency director for Buncombe County Health and Human Services, after his agency reportedly told police to leave a 9-year-old girl in a hotel room with a stranger, meth, and more than 100 used needles back in March.

After ranking last in the nation for getting payments out in 2019, Division of Employment Security continues to come in near the bottom

"I ended up using every last penny of my savings. I went a total of six weeks not even getting paid," a waitress told a Charlotte TV station

RALEIGH, N.C. – New rankings from the U.S. Department of Labor has found that Gov. Roy Cooper's Division of Employment Security lags behind most of the nation in getting out timely unemployment payments. According to WCNC, through June "just under 63% of first payments arrived within 14 to 21 days."

Proposal goes beyond just increasing maximum allowable benefit; boosts benefits for everybody by $200+ per month

If approved, measure would increase EVERY unemployment check by $50 per week through end of year

Boost would move NC unemployment benefits to #2 in southeast

RALEIGH, N.C. – Instead of increasing the unemployment assistance benefit only for those receiving the maximum, legislators in the Senate and House support boosting every unemployment assistance check by $50 per week, or more than $200 per month.