One Killed in Shooting, Meadows Removed from Voter Roles, Biden in NC

One Dead In Asheville Shooting

(Asheville, NC) -- Asheville police are investigating a homicide. Officers found a 27-year-old shot to death in the middle of Fairfax Avenue in the western part of the city late Tuesday night. It marks Asheville's fourth homicide of 2022. A person of interest is being questioned in the shooting.

Former WNC Congressman Removed For Voter Rolls

(Macon County, NC) -- A former western North Carolina Congressman is no longer registered to vote in the state. The board of elections in Macon County revealed this week that Republican Mark Meadows has been removed from the voter rolls. He's accused of registering to vote in a home he never lived in, while also submitting a ballot in Virginia two-years ago. The former Trump Chief of Staff pushed theories of voter fraud after the 2020 election.

President Visits NC Today

(Durham, NC) -- President Joe Biden is heading to North Carolina today. He is planned to speak at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro about economic policies and rebuilding he supply chain. The visit also comes after airplane maker Boom Supersonic announced two-months ago that it would build a half-billion-dollar facility in Greensboro.

UNC System Drops Standardized Testing Requirements

(Raleigh, NC) -- Standardized test scores are being waived for admission into UNC system schools. The board of governors voted last week to hold off requirements for SAT and ACT scores through at least the fall of 2024. More than three-quarters of colleges and universities across the country have gone test-optional for this fall.

Drug Suspects Arrested In Haywood Traffic Stop

(Haywood County, NC) -- Two suspects are facing drug trafficking charges in Haywood County. Deputies uncovered half-a-pound of methamphetamine and some fentanyl inside a truck earlier this month. It happened during a traffic stop on I-40 West. The sheriff's office chief deputy said targeting drug traffickers remains one of their top priorities.

Non-Profit For Autism Receives Big Donation

(Hendersonville, NC) -- A non-profit organization in Hendersonville is planning an expansion thanks to a recent donation. WLOS-TV reports the Golden Leaf Foundation awarded 500-thousand-dollars to the Saint Gerard House, marking its largest-ever donation. Saint Gerard specializes in support of children and adults with autism. The organization's CEO says they're trying to hire more employees as fast as they can

CATS Driver Assaulted

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating the assault of a Charlotte Area Transit System bus driver. Officers say the 60-year-old woman was attacked with a garbage can after a passenger refused to pay fare in northwest Charlotte Tuesday afternoon. She was treated for minor injuries. A CATS bus driver was shot to death two-months ago.

Charlotte Man Accused Of Making Bombs

(Charlotte, NC) -- A man is being investigated for allegedly making bombs in his Charlotte apartment. Court documents show the man's roommate asked him to buy chemicals online that might get him in trouble last summer. He eventually told the CMPD earlier this year that his roommate might be creating chemical bombs. A search warrant was served this week, but no charges have been filed yet.

SC Governor Speaks On Panthers' Practice Center

(York County, SC) -- South Carolina's governor is looking forward to restarting the Panthers' new practice center in Rock Hill. Henry McMaster told FOX Carolina this week that Carolina and local leaders are working out details to resume construction. Work was paused last month after Panthers' owner David Tepper says financial arrangements fell through. The initial goal to finish the project is 2023.

Pedestrian Killed After Running Into Charlotte Road

(Charlotte, NC) -- A pedestrian is dead a week after being struck by an SUV in north Charlotte. Officers say the man allegedly ran out into the middle of Old Statesville Road, where he was struck on April 6th. The driver hasn't been charged in the accident. Toxicology results are pending for the pedestrian.

Professor Accused Of Abusing Infant

(Gaston County, NC) -- A UNC-Charlotte professor is accused of abusing his adopted child. The 42-year-old was arrested earlier this week after the six-week-old went into cardiac arrest at a home in Gastonia. He was placed on administrative leave in wake of the arrest. Investigators say the infant suffered a broken rib, skull fracture and more.

Biden Visiting NC

(Durham, NC) -- President Joe Biden is heading to North Carolina today. He is planned to speak at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro about economic policies and rebuilding he supply chain. The visit also comes after airplane maker Boom Supersonic announced two-months ago that it would build a half-billion-dollar facility in Greensboro.

Hornets' Season Comes To End

(Atlanta, GA) -- The season is over for the Hornets. Charlotte fell to Atlanta on the road in a win-or-go-home game by 29-points last night. A win would have pushed the Hornets into another elimination game. It marks the second consecutive year that Charlotte has lost the opening play-in game.

Police Chief Andrews Forms A New Specialized Crime Unit To Comat Rise In Gun Violence In Durham

(Durham, NC) -- Responding to reports of at least 15-people shot in Durham and Raleigh over the past seven days, Durham Police Chief Patrice Andrews announced Wednesday, the formation of a 'Secondary Specialized Law Enforcement Unit' to combat violent crime in the Bull City. According to Andrews, over the next 90-days, the Specialized Unit will work with intelligence and crime analysis experts to focus on areas within the city with the highest incidents of gun violence. The Chief said it is hoped that the joint operation will lead to more arrests on the federal and local levels.

NC COVID Key Metrics Indicates A Surge In BA.2 Omicron Subvariant Cases

(Raleigh, NC) -- New data released by the State Health Department indicates cases of the BA.2 Omicron subvariant are starting to increase in North Carolina. HHS reports there have been 41-hundred-41 new infections this week, compared to 3-thousand-74 cases detected last week. That represents a 54-percent increase. State health officials are blaming relaxed COVID safety protocols at large social gatherings and few people getting vaccinated as the main reasons for the apparent surge.

Former Trump Aide And NC Congressman Meadows Removed From State's Voter Rolls

(Raleigh, NC) -- Former North Carolina Congressman and Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has been removed from the state's voter rolls. The action comes after an investigation by the State Board of Elections found that Meadows was registered and voted in Macon County in 2020 and later registered and voted in Virginia in 2021. State law dictates that a person who leaves North Carolina and votes in another state, loses their residency and is no longer eligible to vote here.

Cooper Visits Granville To Help CertainTeed Celebrate 118-Million Dollar Expansion

(Granville County, NC) -- Governor Roy Cooper was on hand in Granville County yesterday as CertainTeed announced a 118-million dollar expansion of its roofing shingles and building supply plant in Oxford. The investment will add 225-thousand square feet of manufacturing space to its existing facility. The expansion will also add 37-new jobs.

Wake Tech Debuts New 42-Million Dollar Automotive Industry Training Facility

(Raleigh, NC) -- Officials at Wake Tech Community College have announced the official opening of a new 42-million dollar automotive training center. The Hendrick Center for Automotive Excellence is a 16-thousand-500 square feet state of the art facility for students who want to pursue careers in the automotive industry. It features an automotive systems lab, a performance lab for engines and transmissions, a computer lab and a new degree program for collision repair. Students will be trained for jobs with Ford, GM, Toyota/Lexus, Mercedes-Benz Audi and Subaru.

UNC Big Man Armando Bacot To Return For His Senior Season

(Chapel Hill, NC) -- North Carolina basketball center Armando Bacot has announced he will return to Chapel Hill to play his senior season. Bacot, who was partially hobbled with an ankle injury in the National Championship Game loss against Kansas, said he had some unfinished business to complete. Bacot, who was named the East Region's Most Valuable Player, finished the season averaging 16-points and 13-point-1 rebounds a game. He also tied the NCAA season record with 31-double-doubles.

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