Slashing Suspect Still at Large, More Funds to Haywood, Burn Ban in Effect

One Injured In Asheville Throat-Slashing

(Asheville, NC) -- Asheville police are looking for the suspect in a bus stop assault. Officers say a man was slashed in the throat near downtown early Tuesday morning. The victim says the suspect started swinging a knife after asking for a cigarette at the stop. Injuries weren't considered to be life-threatening.

Pless Drops Partisan Elections Bill

(Raleigh, NC) -- A bill requiring party affiliation for local elections in Haywood and Madison counties is being pulled. State Representative Mark Pless introduced a bill this session which would have instructed candidates to declare their political party, but the idea caught backlash locally. WLOS-TV reports Pless has removed the bill from consideration. It's the second-year in a row that the idea has failed.

Buncombe County Placed Under Burn Ban

(Buncombe County, NC) -- Outdoor burning is banned in Buncombe County until this weekend. The fire marshal issued the ruling yesterday due to low humidity and high winds. Residents won't be able to burn yard waste and debris in the meantime. The ban lasts through Saturday morning.

Millions Available To Mitigate Haywood Flooding

(Haywood County, NC) -- Millions of dollars are going to help flooding problems in Haywood County. The North Carolina Land and Water Fund has awarded two-million-dollars to improve mitigation efforts along the Pigeon River. Some of the funds will be used to ensure clean and safe drinking water.

Body Found Under Waynesville Bridge

(Waynesville, NC) -- A death investigation is underway in Waynesville. Officers say a man was found dead under the bridge at Autumn Care and Old Balsam Road yesterday. The Waynesville Police Department said the public was in no danger. Medical examiners are currently investigating the cause of the death.

Hendersonville Mural Restored

(Henderson County, NC) -- A mural in downtown Hendersonville is restored. WLOS-TV reports artists spent the last week working on bringing new life to the iconic Coca-Cola mural at Tripps Renovations along North Main Street. Work wrapped up on the art project Monday. The mural was first painted eight-years ago.

Power Outage Reported At Several Buildings On The Campus Of NC State Tuesday

(Raleigh, NC) -- A power outage was reported in several buildings on the campus of NC State Tuesday. According to a campus spokesperson the outage also caused a pipe to burst at Tucker Residence Hall, causing it to flood. At least eight students were displaced after two floors of the building were washed out. Power was restored to the entire campus in about two hours. There were no reports of injuries.

Shooting At Fayetteville Home During Home Invasion Leaves One Person Dead

(Fayetteville, NC) -- One person was killed by gunfire and two others hospitalized with serious injuries following a home invasion in Fayetteville Tuesday night. It happened inside a home along the 200-block of Alphin Street. Few details have been released about the incident, only that all three victims were shot. A suspect in the fatal attack is still on the run.

Cotham Introduces New Bill In The House Will Make More North Carolina Students Eligible For Private School Vouchers

(Raleigh, NC) -- North Carolina Republican Representative Tricia Cotham has introduced a new bill in the House, that would expand the opportunity to attend private schools to every household in the state. Under the terms of House Bill 823, all students would be eligible to receive at least 45-percent of the average cost of attending a private school, regardless of their ability to pay. The proposal, known as 'Choose Your School, Choose Your Future', could cost the state an additional 500-million dollars a year, if approved by the full General Assembly. Cotham recently switched from the Democratic to Republican Party, giving the GOP a veto-proof majority in the legislature.

North Carolina Public School Students Making Up For Academic Losses Caused By The Pandemic

(Raleigh, NC) -- A new report by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, shows K-12 public school students are starting to recover from academic losses suffered during the pandemic. Data taken from math and reading scores, showed that in 2022, students across the state were about 15-months behind schedule for their respective grade levels. But so-far this year, the gap has been narrowed to just eight months. Hard work by classroom teachers and school principals are being credited for the swift recovery.

Raleigh Police Looking For Suspect Who Robbed A Bank Without A Weapon

(Raleigh, NC) -- Police in Raleigh are asking the public for help in identifying a suspect who robbed a bank Tuesday. It happened around 2:15 p.m. at the State Employees Credit Union on Pacific Drive. Witnesses told investigators an adult male entered the lobby and handed a teller a note demanding an unspecified amount of money. He did not use a gun. The suspect then fled the scene on foot. Police did not release a description of the man. There were no injuries.

Canes And Islanders Meet For Game Two Playoff Battle Tonight At PNC Arena

(Raleigh, NC) -- Game Two of the NHL's Eastern Conference quarterfinals will be played tonight at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes have the home ice advantage, after defeating the New York Islanders 2-1 in the first game of the playoff series Monday night. The experts are predicting another low-scoring contest tonight, as both teams have some of the strongest defensive players in the entire league. The puck drops at 6 p.m.

Retrial for Corbett and Martens Postponed Until November

(Forsyth County, NC) - The retrial for a Davidson County woman and her father who are accused of beating her husband to death has now been postponed until November. Prosecutors allege that Molly Corbett and her father Thomas Martens beat Jason Corbett to death with a paving brick and a baseball bat nearly eight years ago. However, the State Court of Appeals overturned those convictions. The new proceedings, set to start November 8th, also have been moved to Forsyth County due to a judge's ruling that the defendants wouldn't be fairly tried in Davidson County.

Superintendent Proposes Higher Pay for Teachers in Guilford County

(Greensboro, NC) -- The superintendent of Guilford County Schools has given the board of education his spending proposals, which include higher pay for teachers. Superintendent Dr. Whitney Oakley says the higher pay would amount to just over 38-million-dollars for the district. He also wants pay raises for classified staff members. The county board of education will vote May 9th on whether to send the superintendent's request to county commissioners, who then would have to approve it by mid-June.

Schools Officials Try to Alleviate Residents' Concerns in Northwest Guilford County

(Guilford County, NC) -- Guilford County Schools leaders are hearing from residents who say they're concerned about transparency issues regarding a new school to be built. District leaders heard Tuesday night from people who live near the proposed 32-acre site for a new facility, near Boylston and Bunker Hill Roads. Some residents say they're not against having a new school; they say they just want clear answers on what kind of school might be coming to the neighborhood. School leaders say the proposed location is in the very early planning stages.

Charges Still Uncertain After Fatal Crash Sunday In Winston-Salem

(Winston-Salem, NC) - Winston-Salem police have not yet said whether they'll file charges against the driver of a Dodge Charger. Officers on the scene of the fatal crash Sunday say that the driver ran a red light on Stanleyville drive and hit a car being driven by a 19-year-old woman on Old Hollow Road. Samantha Nicole Burgan of King died at the scene from her injuries. The driver of the Charger was injured and taken to the hospital but is expected to recover.

Republican Lawmakers' Bill would Ban Drag Performances for Minors

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- Two Republican members of the state House, one who is from Forsyth County, are sponsoring a bill regarding male and female impersonators. It would ban both male and female drag presenters from performing to anyone younger than 18. The measure, filed Tuesday by Representatives Jeff Zenger from Lewisville and Donny Lambeth of Forsyth, expands the current state law that governs live "adult" entertainment. Previously, it only referred to topless dancers and strippers and would now include male or female impersonators, if passed. Zenger says they filed the measure in response to a drag show at Forsyth Tech Community College several weeks ago.

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