NCDOT suspends construction,Holiday travel numbers spike,Jobless Rates Rise

Leak Behind Asheville Whole Foods Investigated

(Asheville, NC) -- An investigation is underway in Asheville after an unknown substance started leaking from a pipe behind Whole Foods. A smelly, milky substance started seeping onto Marcellus Street on Monday. The health department is working with the city's stormwater service center to see whether the substance poses a risk to the environment. The store says it's working with the city to address the problem.

NC Road Project Halted During Holiday Weekend

(Asheville, NC) -- Folks traveling in North Carolina during the holiday weekend won't have to worry about construction. NC-DOT says road projects will be halted through Friday evening. That means there will be no lane closures over the Fourth of July holiday.

Jobless Rates Rise In North Carolina, Buncombe Co.

(Buncombe Co., NC) -- Jobless numbers are up across North Carolina, including Buncombe County. A newly-released report shows 95 counties in the state saw a rise in unemployment from April to May. In Buncombe County, the rate rose from two-point-seven-percent to three-point-one-percent, month over month. Nationally, the jobless rate remained the same at three-point-six.

Operation Firecracker Underway

(Buncombe Co., NC) -- State troopers are cracking down on drunk drivers this holiday weekend. Operation Firecracker is underway across the state. That means there's an increase in patrols, as well as pop-up checkpoints.

Henderson Co. Sheriff's Office Asking For Help Identifying Suspect

(Hendersonville, NC) -- The Henderson County Sheriff's office needs help identifying a woman who tried to cash a stolen check. Deputies say the check was taken from a vehicle in the parking lot of Rugby Middle School in Hendersonville on June 19th. The woman tried to cash it at United Community Bank in Gaffney, South Carolina. The sheriff's office released a photo of the suspect and wants anyone with information to come forward.

1 Dead, 1 Survives Explosion At Million Dollar Home

(Charlotte, NC) -- One person is dead and another is seriously hurt following an explosion that leveled a home in Charlotte. The explosion was reported around two o'clock yesterday afternoon at a home in the Ballantyne neighborhood. A man was pulled from the rubble and flown to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. After searching for nearly seven hours, crews found a woman dead. Two other people in neighboring homes were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. So far, no word on the cause.

Mecklenburg Voters To Decide On Tax To Fund Arts

(Mecklenburg County, NC) -- To tax or not to tax will be the question for Mecklenburg County voters. The county commissioners voted yesterday to put a quarter-cent sales tax increase on the November ballot. If approved by voters, the sales tax could generate 50-million-dollars a year and the majority would go to the arts and parks.

Former NFL Player Shot Near Charlotte

(Concord, NC) -- A former NFL player is recovering from a shooting in Concord. Investigators say Anthony Wright was shot Monday by his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend. Police say Willie Hooker was dropping off his daughter when he got in an argument with Wright and shot him. Police are still trying to track down and arrest Hooker. Wright spent nearly a decade in the NFL and played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants.

Air Quality Alert In Place For Charlotte Area

(Charlotte, NC) -- People in the Charlotte area are being warned about poor air quality. Health officials say ground level ozone concentrations within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. today. Children, active people, older adults, and those with heart or lung disease are advised to limit prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. That comes as temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s today.

WWE Ref Says $50,000 Of Hollywood Memorabilia Stolen From Charlotte Storage

(Charlotte, CA) -- World Wrestling Entertainment referee Charles Robinson loves horror movies but is now dealing with a horror of his own in Charlotte. Robinson says his massive collection of Hollywood and horror film memorabilia was stolen from Extra Space Storage on Ardrey Kell Road. He puts the total loss at around 50-thousand-dollars. Police say they have a couple of leads.

Krispy Kreme Now Delivers In Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC) -- You don't have to leave your house to get fresh donuts in Charlotte anymore. Kripsy Kreme announced they are rolling out a new online ordering and home delivery service in 15 states, North and South Carolina among them. You must be within five-miles of a participating Charlotte-area store, which includes the locations on Sharon Amity Road, East Independence Boulevard in Matthews and Innes Street in Salisbury.

Burlington Man Who Threatened To Shoot Up Building Sentenced

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- The Burlington man who threatened to shoot up a federal building in Raleigh will spend five years in prison. Bobby Kobito was sentenced last Friday after pleading guilty in March to possession of a firearm silencer. The FBI says Kobito told an informant that he wanted to shoot up a building that he thought was part of the National Security Agency. Firearm silencers were later found in his apartment. They were not registered.

Two People Killed In Davidson Co. Crash

(Davidson Co., NC) -- Two people are dead after a crash in Davidson County. It happened around 12:30 yesterday afternoon along N.C. 49, between Tuckertown and Badin Lake roads. Troopers say a Jeep was heading northbound when it crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a Hyundai SUV. Two people were killed and two others were badly hurt. An investigation is ongoing.

Beach-Goers Urged To Use Caution During Forth Of July

(Myrtle Beach, SC) -- Folks headed to Myrtle Beach for the Fourth of July holiday are urged to be aware of king tides. The city's fire department says higher than normal tides are expected today and tomorrow. It's asking beach-goers to leave a path for Ocean Rescue vehicles in case of an emergency. The Fourth of July is one of their busiest weeks at the beach.

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