Cawthorn Switches District Run, Refugees Settle in AVL, Cam is Back

Speaker Moore Won't Make A Run For U.S. Congress

(Raleigh, NC) -- State representative Tim Moore won't make a run for U.S. Congress. The speaker of the North Carolina's House of Representatives made the statement yesterday saying he remains dedicated to matters that are of concern to his fellow North Carolinians. Moore also said he plans to work toward getting Republicans to gain a majority in the state legislature.

Cawthorn Is Switching Districts

(Asheville, NC) -- Madison Cawthorn is switching congressional districts. Yesterday, Cawthorn confirmed his decision in a social media post. Cawthorn ways he will run for U.S. Representative for North Carolina's newly drawn 13th congressional district instead of the 14th district where he is the incumbent. The new district covers Polk, Rutherford, McDowell, Burke, Cleveland and a part of Mecklenburg County. In his statement Cawthorn said his decision is based on where he can have the most influence in addition to the fact that the new district has half of the counties he already represents. It was thought North Carolina's house speaker Tim Moore would run for U.S. Congress to represent the 13th district but he stated yesterday he will not be running.

Fed Judge Okays Fauth Subpoena Enforcement

(New York, NY) -- A federal judge gives a green light for enforcement of a subpoena calling for Gerald Fauth to testify in a Securities and Exchange Commission probe. On Wednesday, Judge Andrew Carter with the Southern District of New York okayed a petition from the SEC to enforce compliance for Fauth who chairs the National Mediation Board with the subpoena issued by the SEC back in May. The SEC probe questions whether any insider information may have inspired stock sales by Fauth and his brother in law, North Carolina's U.S. Senator Richard Burr in early 2020 prior to the economic impact of the COVID-19 shutdowns.

Afghan Refugees Settle In Asheville

(Asheville, NC) -- Several dozen Afghan refugees are re-settling in Asheville. Catholic Charities says so far nearly half of the 40-refugees are already temporarily staying in homes and in a hotel in Asheville. The organization says permanent housing is being sought and some of the refugees may end up in Black Mountain where donated housing awaits them.

Appalachian State Contingency On Hand For COP26

(Glasgow) -- A contingency from Appalachian State University is in attendance at the UN Climate Change Conference in Scotland. App State's Chief Sustainability Officer Lee Ball, Economics Department's Dave McEvoy and School of Business's Martin Meznar are gathering climate change strategy information at the Conference of the Parties 26 event in representation of Appalachian State's status as a participating non governmental organization. COP26 runs through November 12th. Details on the UN's current climate change strategies are viewable online at UKCOP26-dot-Org.

Condo In Asheville Sells For Nearly $3M

(Asheville, NC) -- A condo in Asheville sells for nearly three-million dollars. The residence is on the third floor of a restored historic building on Broadway Street downtown. The more than four thousand square foot condo recently won HGTV's Ultimate House Hunt 2021. On Wednesday, the Citizen Times reported the condo went on the market in March and the sale closed last week for two-point-eight-million dollars. Beverly-Hanks Realtors which handled the transaction says the condo sale price is the highest so far in downtown Asheville.

Panthers Fans Pumped Over News Of Newton's Return

(Charlotte, NC) -- Carolina Panthers fans are fired up after learning of Cam Newton's return. Yesterday a message on the scoreboard at Bank of America Stadium said, "He's back!" Dozens of fans donned jerseys with Newton's number one and went out to the stadium to celebrate the news. Panthers GM Scott Fitterer said Cam has passed his physical and signed a one year deal. Newton was released by the Patriots in August. His first start may be in Charlotte November 21st when the Panthers host the Washington Football Team.

Investigation Underway After Apparent Suicide At Mooresville High

(Mooresville, NC) -- Police in Mooresville are investigating the death from an apparent suicide of a high school student. A Mooresville High School statement Wednesday said classes were being canceled due to an "incident" that happened near the gym and the performing arts center. The public is welcome to attend a celebration of life for 17-year old Mario Nathan Lopez in Mooresville High's Joe Popp Stadium at two-p.m. this Sunday.

Police: Drive-By Shooting Victim Not Targeted

(Shelby, NC) -- Police in Shelby say the victim of a drive-by shooting this week wasn't targeted. The 16-year-old girl died in the hospital after getting shot while standing in the yard of a house on Roberts Street Tuesday afternoon. Shelby Police Chief Jeffrey Ledford says the teenager was not the intended target. Investigators are on the hunt for the prime suspect in the case, Santana Eaves Junior. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Crimestoppers or the Shelby Police Department.

Police On The Hunt For Suspect In Shooting Near Elementary School

(Kannapolis, NC) -- A hunt is on for whoever fired shots near an elementary school in Kannapolis. Police say officers responded to a shots fired call yesterday near George Washington Carver Elementary School. The shooting happened near but not at the school campus which wasn't in session because of the Veterans Day holiday. There is no word on whether anyone was hurt in the incident.

Marathon Comes Up Saturday In Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC) -- Runners get ready. The Novant Health Charlotte Marathon is this Saturday. The event includes opportunities for runners of every kind and of all ages including a hundred-meter kids dash, a 5K walk-run, a half marathon, a half marathon with relay, the full marathon and a full marathon with relay. View maps of the events and find out how to register at The-Charlotte-Marathon-dot-Com.

Carjacking Sends Three People To The Hospital And Two Vehicles Stolen

(Raleigh, NC) -- Raleigh police are looking for suspects who are wanted in connection with two separate carjackings on Thursday. The violent incidents took place less than 10-miles from one another and in a span of about 10-minutes. The first happened around 5:20 pm on Isabella Cannon Drive. The other on East Millbrook Road at 5:30 pm. Authorities say in each instance, the alleged carjacker assaulted the victims before taking their cars, resulting in them having to be hospitalized.

School Districts Across North Carolina Are Taking The Day Off For Mental Health Day

(Raleigh, NC) -- Several Triangle area school districts are taking the day off today as part of a so-called 'Mental Health Day'. Leaders say its an opportunity for students to take a break from the stress of school work to focus on mental and emotional wellness. Districts participating in the 'Mental Health Day' include Wake, Durham, Cumberland and Johnston Counties.

Wake County Commission To Vote On A Proposed Second Bonus For Employees Next Week

(Wake County, NC) -- Employees in Wake County could be in line for a 2nd bonus soon. The Wake County Commission is scheduled to vote on a resolution Tuesday, that calls for adding 37-hundred dollars to the 12-hundred one-time bonus that was just approved last week. In addition to the bonus, Commissioners will also discuss ways of funding an increase in employee base salaries to around 15-dollars an hour.

Republicans To Vote Next Week On Budget Proposal Despite Failed Compromise With Governor

(Raleigh, NC) -- Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly have announced that a vote will be taken next week on a proposed new budget. This, despite not reaching a compromise agreement with Governor Roy Cooper. Medicaid expansion appears to be the main point of contention. However, because the budget does include tax cuts and pay raises for teachers, Cooper is expected to sign it into law.

State Official: Few Take Advantage of New Children's COVID Vaccine

(Raleigh, NC) -- North Carolina state health officials say the Tar Heel State will soon have received more than 468-thousand doses of the children's COVID vaccine, but not very many people are taking it. According to their latest data, the State Department of Health and Human Services say only 24-thousand kids received their inoculation within the first five days it was offered. That represents less than three percent of the almost 900-thousand kids who are eligible to get the vaccine.

Guilford County Schools Trying to Find How to Give Employees Raises from Pandemic Money

(Greensboro, NC) -- With news of employees in other school districts getting bonuses, workers in Guilford County Schools want to know why federal pandemic money isn't coming their way, too. The Guilford County Board of Education voted five to four earlier this week to ask the superintendent to come up with a plan to get the bonus money to district staff. She is expected to present plans at their next meeting, December 14th. The district employs about 10-thousand people.

R.J.Reynolds Settles E-Cigarette Case Days Before Trial

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- R.J. Reynolds has settled an e-cigarette maker's claims that RJR's Vuse line copied its technology four days before a trial was slated to begin. A U.S. District Judge found in May that RJR's products infringed on parts of two Fuma patents. A jury in Greensboro was set to begin to consider Monday whether RJR infringed on additional parts of one of the patents, whether the patents were valid, and what damages RJR might owe, among other items. Court filings stipulate that Fuma was asking for up to 135 million dollars in damages.

Veterans Return Safely to Triad from Honor Flight in D.C.

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- About a hundred veterans have returned home safely after a whirlwind Veterans Day in Washington D.C. The vets, all of whom were over 65, received a hero's welcome from their Honor Flight upon their return to Greensboro Thursday night. Family members and loved ones came to welcome them back with signs and flags and even some chanting. It was the first honor flight in ten years for veterans in the area to be able to attend.

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