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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — A state committee has issued a subpoena for Talmadge "Stoney" Blevins, agency director for Buncombe County Health and Human Services, after a 9-year-old was left without a place to go when her father was arrested on drug charges in March.

Sen. Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) requested the subpoena.

The morning after the Asheville City Council voted to defund its police department, Sen Chuck Edwards announced his intent to file legislation to defund cities that defund the police.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Hundreds of thousands of North Carolina residents have been without work during the COVID-19 pandemic. And many of them saw their $600 a week in federal benefits run out at the end of July.

Some 300,000 North Carolinians are still collecting unemployment, according to State Sen. Chuck Edwards, who received a briefing on the numbers in the past several days. “Five thousand (unemployment) applications are coming into the state each day,” Edwards said.

(N&O) RALEIGH: North Carolina legislators passed a new law this month giving an additional $50 per week to everyone on state unemployment benefits.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper had called on the Republican-led legislature to also extend the number of weeks people can receive state unemployment benefits here, but lawmakers decided to increase only the weekly payment amount, not the number of weeks.

(WLOS) — A drug arrest several months ago in Black Mountain has a state senator looking for answers. The case involved a 9-year-old child girl who was caught in the middle of a drug arrest. 

According to reports, police contacted DSS and a staffer said she could not call a worker to the scene but could only write a report.