Shooting Kills Teen, Home Prices Rise, Absentee Voting Gets Underway

Teen Killed, Child Injured In WNC Shooting

(Jackson County, NC) -- A deadly double-shooting involving juveniles is being investigated in Jackson County. The sheriff's office says a 15-year-old was killed in a shooting on Ferguson Road Sunday afternoon. A ten-year-old was also injured. There's no word on what led to the shooting or if anyone has been arrested.

Jury Selection Underway In Transylvania County Murder Trial

(Transylvania County, NC) -- A Hendersonville man is on trial for an alleged murder in Transylvania County. It's been three-and-a-half years since a man was shot to death at the Cardinal Drive-In. Jury selection started yesterday in the case against Davieyon Hopkins, who was charged with murder and robbery. Four other suspects were involved.

Brush Fire Spreads In Swain County

(Swain County, NC) -- Crews are battling a large brush fire in Swain County. WLOS-TV reports the blaze had covered around 750-acres into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Two abandoned trailers were destroyed, but there have been no injuries.

Most Of Mountains At Low COVID Transmission

(Asheville, NC) -- Most of western North Carolina is considered to be at a low transmission rate for COVID. Just four counties are said to be at medium transmission this week. AdventHealth Hospital in Hendersonville is also reporting just two flu cases this month after testing 16-hundred people. Numbers remain low statewide as well.

Home Prices Rising At Faster Rate In Southside Asheville

(Asheville, NC) -- Prices are rising faster for homes in Asheville's Southside neighborhood than anywhere else in the city. A state report revealed this week that the average cost rose over 100-percent from 2016 to 2021. The Southside represents the lowest household income in Asheville Home prices for Buncombe County as a whole increased over 40-percent.

Absentee Voting Underway

(Asheville, NC) -- The absentee voting period is underway for North Carolina primaries. Ballots are now being sent out to at least 300 Buncombe County voters who've requested them so far. New voter registration cards are also being mailed out in the county starting today.

Shooting Investigated At CMS Campus

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is gathering details in a shooting at a northwest Charlotte elementary school. WSOC-TV reports a teen was injured during a fight over a gun late Monday morning. It happened outside Oakdale Elementary, where only teachers were there for a workday. There's no word on any arrests.

Judge Weighs Lawsuit Over Confederate Monument

(Gaston County, NC) -- A judge is weighing the future of a Confederate monument in Gaston County. Attorneys appeared in court yesterday in an attempt to dismiss a case which seeks to have the century-old statue removed. The lawsuit was filed one-year ago. A decision could be announced by the end of this week.

CMS Holds Off Clear Backpack Distribution

(Charlotte, NC) -- CMS is holding off distribution of clear backpacks. The district received backpacks with warning tags that they may provide exposure to dangerous chemicals. Nearly half-a-million-dollars was spent by the district on the packs. CMS officials are in contact with the manufacturers.

City Workers March For Higher Pay

(Charlotte, NC) -- City workers are demanding more pay in Charlotte. A group marched from Marshall Park to the city manager's office yesterday to push for a ten-percent pay increase. Inflation is the driving factor behind the pay jump. City officials are in the midst of creating the fiscal year 2021 budget.

One Dead In Cleveland County Fire

(Cleveland County, NC) -- A deadly fire is being investigated in Cleveland County. One person died after firefighters pulled him from a home in Lawndale last night. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time.

Gyms Raising Money For Kids With Special Needs

(Charlotte, NC) -- Dozens of Charlotte gyms are helping raise money for children with special needs. Registration opened yesterday to take part in Beers and Burpees, which is a charity event coming up this fall. Proceeds will benefit The Changing Lives Together Foundation. The event has been held for nearly a decade.

Hornets Fall To Denver

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Hornets are still well-positioned for a play-in game for the playoffs despite a Monday loss. Denver defeated Charlotte 113-to-109 at the Spectrum Center. The loss dropped the Hornets into ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings with six games to go in the regular season. Next up is a date with the Knicks in New York tomorrow night.

NC State Women Beat By UConn In A Classic Double Overtime Contest

(Bridgeport, CT) -- The NC State women are not going to the Final Four next week. The number-one seeded Wolfpack fell to number-two seed UConn 91-87, in a furious double overtime battle in Bridgeport for the Elite 8 title. Despite stellar performances by Jakia Brown-Turner, who had 20-points and eight rebounds, along with Elissa Cunane's 18-points and 9-rebounds, the Huskies proved too much in the final extra period. UConn's Paige Bueckers showed why she is the reigning Naismith College Player of the Year by leading all scorers with 27-points, including 23-in the second half and overtime. UConn advances to the Final Four for the 14th consecutive year.

Thousands Of UNC And Duke Students Enter Lottery For Final Tickets To New Orleans

(Durham, NC) -- Thousands of students are lining up outside ticket offices on the campus of Duke University Monday, hoping to get picked for one of the last 700 tickets to see the Blue Devils play North Carolina on Saturday in the Final Four. The 700 will be picked in a lottery selection. The lottery winners will be notified tonight by email. UNC also conducted a lottery Monday, where up to 700 students registered for a chance to win Final Four tickets.

Moral Monday Demonstrators Demand North Carolina Lawmakers Pass Workable Living Wage Legislation

(Raleigh, NC) -- Hundreds of demonstrators are returning to the state Capitol in Raleigh for what's become known as 'Moral Monday'. Led by the Reverend William Barber and the North Carolina Poor People's Campaign, the group demanded that members of the General Assembly pass legislation to benefit the underserved and disenfranchised in the state. Tops on their agenda, a new law authorizing a workable living wage. A national poor people's march is planned for June 18th in Washington, D.C.

Law Banning Convicted Felons From Voting Once Released From Jail Ruled Unconstitutional

(Raleigh, NC) -- A three judge State Superior Court panel is ruling that North Carolina's current law, banning certain people with felony records from voting after they get out of prison, is unconstitutional. In a decision handed down Monday, the judges wrote that "if a person otherwise eligible to vote is not in jail or prison for a felony conviction, they may lawfully register and vote in North Carolina." The judges also wrote that the current law was enacted with the intent of discriminating against African Americans. No word yet on whether state Republicans plan to appeal.

Cary Woman In Critical Condition After Being Hit By A Car

(Cary, NC) -- Police in Cary are investigating an accident in which a female pedestrian was struck and injured by a car. It happened Monday night at the corner of Macie Street and Lochmere Drive. Investigators provided few other details about the incident, only that the woman was a resident of Cary and that she was last listed in critical condition. The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene.

Mail In Ballots For May Primary Elections Will Start Going Out This Week

(Raleigh, NC) -- In advance of the May 17th primaries in North Carolina, state election officials will begin sending out mail-in ballots to voters who request them later this week. People who want to vote by mail have until May 10th to request a mail-in ballot. The requests can be made through the county board of elections, or online. A driver's license or other forms of a valid ID will be required.

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