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State Sen. Chuck Edwards turned back a challenge from Mills River Town Council member Brian Caskey on Tuesday to win a third term in the state Senate.

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%.

NC legislative oversight committee questions whether DSS official really needs a judge's order to let him address his employees' handling of case involving child.

Stoney Blevins, director of the Buncombe County Department of Social Services, testified before a state legislative committee last week, saying he couldn’t tell legislators much about a specific child welfare case due to confidentiality laws.

While Blevins was able to speak to the accuracy, or lack thereof, in a Black Mountain police report regarding the case, he skirted the details known to him and his social workers because state law requires a judge’s ruling to give specifics of a confidential case, he told lawmakers.