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North Carolina city commits $2.1M for reparations

Jun. 09, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina city has committed $2.1 million toward funding reparations, an initiative it began last summer when it joined a number of U.S. cities which have voted to address their histories of racism and discrimination. The Asheville City...

N.C. appeals court halts removal of Confederate monument

Jun. 04, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

The North Carolina Court of Appeals on Friday ordered the city of Asheville and Buncombe County to halt the demolition of a Confederate monument while an appeal plays out. The city has already removed the 75-foot tall obelisk honoring Confederate colonel and Gov. Zebulon...

Appeals court upholds man's conviction for threatening tweet

Jun. 04, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the conviction of a North Carolina man who posted an anonymous threat on social media to lynch a Muslim-American political candidate from Virginia. A three-judge panel from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Joseph...

North Carolina police department suspends some responses

Jun. 04, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police department said it is suspending responses to a list of crimes after losing 84 officers since the start of 2020. The Asheville Police Department said in a news release that it is making the changes in order to improve...

North Carolina mother's attempted murder charge dropped

Jun. 03, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An attempted murder charge has been dropped against a North Carolina woman who authorities accused of faking her infant daughter’s kidnapping and trying to kill her. Krista Noelle Madden was charged with first-degree attempted murder after her...

Obelisk honoring Confederate officer torn down in Asheville

May. 31, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A 75-foot memorial to a Confederate leader has been removed from its perch in downtown Asheville where it stood for more than 120 years. WLOS-TV in Asheville reports that the stone obelisk was fully dismantled over the Memorial Day weekend. ...

Rallies against Brown killing set for several N.C. cities

May. 31, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Rallies against the deputy-involved shooting of an unarmed Black man in Elizabeth City are set to be held in various North Carolina cities on Tuesday afternoon. The rallies are being organized by Repairers of the Breach, the North Carolina Council...

New orchard of chestnut trees begins on Cherokee territory

May. 24, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Imagine waking up 150 years ago, opening your window and looking out onto the Southern Appalachians. Within view would be any one of the billions of American chestnut trees that once covered the landscape. Places that are now considered coal country were chestnut...

Removal of Asheville Confederate monument set to commence

May. 16, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Work to demolish and remove a 75-foot-tall stone obelisk built to honor a Confederate leader will begin soon in Asheville, North Carolina. City officials said barricades have been placed around the Vance Monument ahead of work that will begin...

Supply chain issues bring loss in food donations to MANNA

May. 09, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — As the COVID-19 pandemic bore down, MANNA FoodBank CEO Hannah Randall saw firsthand a sharp rise in food insecurity, and it hasn’t relented. The nonprofit and its partner agencies last March served 128,690 people in Western North Carolina, a 93%...