Local and State Headlines for Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Suspect Charged With Murder Of Woman Doused In Gasoline (Henderson County, GA)

A suspect is now facing murder charges for the death of a Henderson County woman who was doused in gasoline last December.  Investigators say Teresa Stallings caught on fire following an argument with Anthony Moore in Edneyville.  Moore was charged with first-degree murder and remains in jail.   

FEMA Denies Assistance For Flooding (Undated)

FEMA won't be providing assistance to North Carolinians affected by May's flooding and mudslides.  The agency turned down the governor's request because it says the two separate storms didn't qualify as one major disaster.  Governor Cooper is expected to appeal the decision.  Several other federal agencies have already agreed to provide help.   

Person Found Dead On Asheville Rail (Asheville, NC)

Asheville Police are investigating the death of a person found on the tracks of the Blue Ridge Southern Railroad line.  Officers originally feared the person was struck and killed by the train in West Asheville late Monday night.  An official with the rail line told investigators that the person was dead before the train got there.    

Hiker Recovering After Fall From Grandfather Mountain (Avery County, NC)

A hiker is recovering from injuries he sustained in a 60-foot fall on Grandfather Mountain.  He fell after veering of the Beacon Heights trail yesterday.  Rescue workers tracked down his location through GPS coordinates on his cellphone after he called 911.  A group of volunteers and fire rescue crews lured a rope down to the man so he could access a backboard tied at the end.  

Two Arrested For Stealing Cash Using Fake Cards (Boone, NC)

Two Randolph County residents are being accused of stealing thousands in cash using cloned bank cards in Boone.  Police found the pair this week after a local bank suspected something suspicious was going on.  The suspects allegedly wired the cash they stole into South America.  More than 20 fraudulent cards and cash were taken from their car.  

NC Attorney General:  EPA Is Letting People Down (Raleigh, NC)

North Carolina's attorney general says the EPA's decision to give states power to regulate coal plants is letting people down.  Josh Stein stated the rollback will lessen the impact made previously by the Clean Power Plan.  President Trump appeared at a West Virginia rally yesterday, where he called the Clean Power Plan a set of ridiculous rules.  He said the new Affordable Clean Energy rule will save consumers billions and billions of dollars.

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