Local and State Headlines for Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Supreme Court Sends Redistricting Case Back To Lower Court (Raleigh, NC)

The U.S. Supreme Court is looking for a lower court to reconsider unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina.  Challengers to the 2016 redistricting say Republicans gave themselves an unfair advantage.  The Supreme Court sent the case back to a three-judge panel yesterday for another look.  That same panel had already ruled that the redistricting was too partisan.   

Senate Passes Asheville Districts (Asheville, NC)

A bill dividing Asheville into five districts for the purpose of electing city council members is one step closer to becoming law.  The state Senate unanimously approved the bill sponsored by Senator Chuck Edwards yesterday.  Asheville's council members have historically been chosen in citywide elections.  The proposal includes changing the date of council elections to even-numbered years.  The bill now moves to the House.  

Woman Shot, Left In Road (Asheville, NC)

A woman who was shot and dumped at an Asheville intersection is in critical condition.  She was found on Short McDowell Street near Biltmore Village early yesterday afternoon.  Asheville Police haven't made an interest, but there is a person of interest in the shooting.  

Suspect Accused Of Imprisoning And Beating Girlfriend (Newton, NC)

A Catawba County man is being accused of imprisoning and assaulting his girlfriend over the span of three days.  The victim told Newton Police early Monday that she was able to sneak out of the suspect's house after he tried to strangle and beat her late last week.  Investigators said she had serious visible injuries.  Daniel Ray Farnsworth was arrested and charged with second-degree kidnapping and assault. 

Asheville Crash Kills One (Asheville, NC)

Asheville Police say a driver died early Monday morning after crashing into an SUV on Hendersonville Road.  Nathan Smith reportedly crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic.  He died at the scene. The driver and passenger in the SUV were rushed to Mission Hospital for injuries.   

Flooded Farms Eligible For Federal Money (Henderson County, NC)

Federal money is available to help farmers who sustained heavy damage during recent flooding in Western North Carolina.  The Henderson-Polk-Transylvania Farm Service Agency says the aid can be used for repairing severely damaged land and for removing debris.  Other eligible measures include restoration of fences and conservation structures.  Sign-up begins July Ninth. 

Amazon Distribution Center Coming (Charlotte, NC)

A new Amazon distribution center is coming to the Queen City.  The Charlotte City Council approved a deal for the online retail giant to build a facility near Charlotte-Douglas International Airport which will provide 15-hundred jobs.  Councilman James Mitchell says it will be more hi-tech than a typical labor distribution center.  The land will cost seven-and-a-half-million-dollars.

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