First Lady Visits NC, Beasley and Budd to Debate, Panthers Lose

First Lady To Visit Greensboro Today

(Greensboro, NC) -- The First Lady is heading to the Tar Heel State to discuss education. Jill Biden is making a stop at North Carolina A & T in Greensboro today as part of the Road To Success Back To School Tour with the education secretary. She'll meet with teachers and teachers-in-training to highlight recruitment efforts locally.

Affordable Housing Proposed In West Asheville

(Asheville, NC) -- A new affordable housing project is being proposed for Pineview Street in west Asheville. The Citizen-Times reports the nonprofit Mountain Housing Opportunities bought a parcel of land in 2015 which could now be converted into eleven new town homes. The organization previously proposed several dozen affordable town homes on Tunnel Road in east Asheville.

Music Video Filmed At Haywood County Jail

(Haywood County, NC) -- A North Carolina-based prison ministry is using the Haywood County jail for its latest music video. WLOS-TV reports ChristSong Ministry wrapped up filming at the detention center over the weekend. Some of those who took part in filming had once been incarcerated before, including the ministry's founder Bobby McGee. He says his religious beliefs saved him after accumulating 130 convictions in North Carolina.

App State Topples Texas A&M

(Boone, NC) -- An SEC football team is tumbling down the rankings after facing Appalachian State. The Mountaineers took down sixth-ranked Texas A&M on the road 17-to-14 on Saturday. The win came just one week after App State narrowly lost to North Carolina 63-to-61. The last time the Boone school took down a top ten opponent was 15-years ago over Michigan.

Asheville Humane Society Looking For Food Donations

(Asheville, NC) -- The Asheville Humane Society is in need of pet food donations. The society's community outreach program generally receives over 100-thousand pounds of food every year from various pantries, but donations are down. Demand has now exceeded supply due to strains from finances and the pandemic. Donations from the public can be taken through the society's Amazon wishlist.

Mountain State Fair In Full Swing

(Fletcher, NC) -- The North Carolina Mountain State Fair is underway in Fletcher. The annual event kicked off at the Western North Carolina Ag Center on Friday and will run through this Sunday. Last year's attendance reached over 120-thousand people after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Those visitors carrying clear bags will receive quicker entry through security.

Sex Assault Investigated On Matthews Trail

(Matthews, NC) -- Matthews police are investigating a sexual assault that happened on a local trail. A woman told investigators she was attacked on Crestdale Heritage Trail early Sunday morning. Nearby residents are encouraged to view footage from their surveillance cameras in hopes of identifying a suspect. Random patrols will now be popping up around the trail.

Charlotte Fire Considered Intentional

(Charlotte, NC) -- Arson is suspected in an east Charlotte fire. An empty home on Commonwealth Avenue went up in flames late Saturday night. Investigators are estimating the blaze caused more than 100-thousand-dollars in damages. There were no injuries.

Atrium Health Seeking Approval For Harrisburg Hospital

(Harrisburg, NC) -- Atrium Health wants to build a satellite hospital in a northeast Charlotte suburb. The organization recently submitted a certificate of need application for an 86-million-dollar project in Harrisburg. The completion date is in just over three-years.

Huntersville DMV Office closes

(Huntersville, NC) -- The Department of Motor Vehicles office in Huntersville is closed. The DOT says the office was shuttered due to mismanagement and incorrect performances of vehicle transactions. Offices are still open in Charlotte, Mooresville and Concord. The agency expects to re-open the Huntersville location once issues have been resolved.

Charlotte Delays Metered Parking On Saturdays

(Charlotte, NC) -- A plan to being operation of parking meters in Charlotte on Saturdays is being put off. The city initially scheduled to begin charging in uptown and the South End on this past Saturday, but has decided to push back the implementation to later next year. There will be an overall review and action plan for curb space management.

Gas Prices Still Tumbling In Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC) -- Gas prices in the Charlotte area are still falling. Triple-A reports the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded stands at three-42 this morning, which is slightly above the state median. Charlotte's prices are eight-cents less than a week ago and more than 30-cents lower than last month.

Panthers Fall In Opener

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Panthers will have to wait until week two for a possible win. Carolina fell to Cleveland 26-to-24 on a last minute field goal at Bank of America Stadium yesterday. Former Browns' quarterback Baker Mayfield passed for 235-yards in his regular season debut for the Panthers. Next up is a trip to play the Giants on Sunday.

Durham Police Looking For Suspect Who Fired Multiple Shots Into Two Cars, Killing One Person

(Durham, NC) -- Police in Durham are searching for a lone suspect in connection with a fatal shooting that left one person dead and three others injured Sunday. It happened just after 5:30 pm, along the 4400 block of NC Highway 55. Witnesses told police they saw a man in a grey hoodie running away, after firing multiple shots into red and blue cars. Officers arrived on the scene to find three victims suffering from gunshot wounds. All were transported to a nearby hospital where one of them later died. A third victim was also dropped off at the hospital by private vehicle with non-life threatening injuries. Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham police.

Wolfspeed To Start Construction On New 5-Billion Dollar Plant Today In Chatham County

(Chatham County, NC) -- Construction is scheduled to begin today in Chatham County on a five-billion dollar expansion project for Wolfspeed semiconductors. The new manufacturing plant is being built at the Chatham-Siler City Advanced Manufacturing Mega-Site along Highway 64. Once completed, the company plans to hire more than 18-hundred workers, with an average salary of around 77-thousand dollars a year. Wolfspeed will also receive about a billion dollars in state tax incentives.

GoRaleigh Buses Only To Run Once An Hour Starting Today

(Raleigh, NC) -- GoRaleigh bus service began operating under a new reduced route schedule Sunday. Citing a shortage of bus drivers, GoRaleigh announced last week that it has been forced to cut back on 11 routes from every half-hour to once an hour. This comes after the transportation system also reported that it is currently short about 30-bus drivers. GoRaleigh runs about one-thousand routes a day and transports an estimated 350-thousand riders a month.

U.S. News Ranks Duke 10th Best University In The Nation

(Durham, NC) -- A new survey on the Best National University rankings, lists Duke University at number 10 in the 2022-2023 edition of U.S. News and World Report. That's one place lower than last year's ranking of number nine. The rankings were based on a number of factors, including graduation and retention rates, social mobility, graduation rate performance, undergraduate academic reputation and financial resources per student. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was ranked 29th this year.

Beasley And Budd Finally Agree To Debate Next Month

(Raleigh, NC) -- North Carolina's two U.S. Senate candidates have agreed to a debate. According to the News & Observer, the campaigns of Republican Ted Budd and Democrat Cheri Beasley are planning to debate sometime in October. At this point, a specific date has not been settled upon. It is also unclear if Libertarian or Green Party candidates will participate in the debate. Several polls show Beasley and Budd tied at 42-point-3-percent, with about 12-point-6 percent undecided.

Bubba Wallace Makes Race History Again With Win In Kansas City

(Kansas City, KS) -- North Carolina's Bubba Wallace won NASCAR's Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. It was the 28-year old Wallace's second win of his professional career and his first victory of the season. Driving the Number 45-car for 23X1 Racing, owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin, Wallace led 58-of the final 68-laps, before crossing the finish line one second ahead of Hamlin. With the victory, Wallace made history by becoming the first Black driver to win multiple Cup Series races. His first came in Talladega last year, nearly 58-years after Wendell Scott won the NASCAR Grand National Series in 1964.

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