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Republican lawmakers want the state to discourage local governments in North Carolina from cutting funding for law enforcement.

North Carolina state Sen. Chuck Edwards unveiled legislation Monday that would reduce state funding to any local government that cuts spending for its police or sheriff’s office. The goal is to make it more difficult for local officials to heed calls to “defund the police” and shift money to social services and other programs.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — North Carolina State Sen. Chuck Edwards (R) called out the city of Asheville and the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office at a news conference Monday.

Edwards and a few of his Republican colleagues got together to announce two new law enforcement bills they filed. “We now see local leaders in Asheville beginning to surrender to the cries of defund the police,” Edwards said.

BREVARD, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Comporium will bring faster broadband speeds to areas of Transylvania county with a $2.8 million grant from North Carolina’s Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) Program. Altogether, the improvements will require over $7 million.

The project includes the construction of 105 miles of fiber optic cable that will provide service to over 800 customers using a partnership arrangement with Haywood Electric Membership Corporation (EMC). An anticipated start date for construction is still being determined, but once it begins, Comporium expects the construction process to take approximately two years.

Over 18 months — from the first overtures at the Paris Air Show to the vote by the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners authorizing property tax breaks — elected leaders in Buncombe and Henderson counties and beyond, the industry recruiting apparatus of the state and region and the community college system had scrambled to meet the needs of the prized aerospace catch.

As often happens in the recruitment of a prized manufacturer, a bidding war ensued. A major gap in the Biltmore Farms pitch was the lack of access, a challenge that a new bridge over the French Broad River would solve. Problem: Around that time it came to light that the North Carolina Department of Transportation had overspent its construction budget by $700 million. There would be no bridge money from the DOT. Enter state Sen. Chuck Edwards, who represents Henderson, Transylvania, and southern Buncombe County.

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — North Carolina state Republican Sen. Chuck Edwards made his ire known in a tweet this week about the conduct of newly sworn-in fellow Republican U.S. Congressman Madison Cawthorn.

“There’s a right and wrong way to conduct yourself as a legislator,” Edwards tweeted about Cawthorn on Jan. 12. “And I’m extremely concerned about Congressman Cawthorn’s conduct. As a legislator, I don’t need to be threatened to do the job the voters hired me to do.”