Local Matters: Freedom of the press, council candidates and redistrict­ing

In this edition of Local Matters—the Xpress weekly news podcast—reporter David Forbes talks about the recent removal of newspaper boxes by the County and the recent announcement of candidates for Asheville City Council, and reporters Christopher George and Jake Frankel talk about the heated meetings around the new congressional redistricting plan. Hosted by News Editor Margaret Williams.

Local Matters: The buzz around Buncombe County, Volvo and Linamar

In this edition of Local Matters—the Xpress weekly news podcast—reporters David Forbes and Jake Frankel discuss the recent announcement about the purchase of the former Volvo plant in South Asheville by Buncombe County as part of an incentive deal to bring the Linamar manufacturing company to the city. Hosted by News Editor Margaret Williams.

Local Matters: Shuler talks to Xpress and Buncombe Commission get an earful

In this week’s Local Matters podcast, Xpress news editor Margaret Williams talks to reporter David Forbes about his interview with Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC 11), and with reporter Jake Frankel and news intern Forrest McDonald about the recent controversial Buncombe County Commission meeting.

President Clinton visits Asheville ***UPDATED WITH VIDEO OF THE SPEECH***

Thousands of people welcomed former President Bill Clinton to Asheville today. He was here stumping for Congressman Heath Shuler, in a hotly contested race with Republican Jeff Miller for the 11th District Congressional seat. The Rally took place at City County Plaza in downtown Asheville, and while the program was scheduled to start at 12:30pm,  the former president — true to form — was running late and finally took the stage at 1:45. In the meantime, the crowd was treated to some rousing music by local jazz great Kat Williams.  Report, slideshow and aggregated Twitter feed after the jump. Photo by Michael Muller

Democrats stage downtown rally & march urging early voting

Nearly 100 people gathered at Pack Square this morning for a rally urging citizens to participate in early voting and to support the Democratic slate of candidates. Congressman Heath Shuler was on hand to address the enthusiastic crowd. Pictured here is Rep. Patsy Keever, who led a march to the Buncombe County Training Center at 199 College Street, the site of an early voting location. Slideshow after the jumpPhotos by Michael Muller