The mayor of Asheville has begun fasting and praying in hopes of solving the city's budget crisis.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Mayor Terry Bellamy has asked friends on her Facebook page to fast and pray for 24 days. The mayor is suggesting a limited diet as a fasting plan, and said she decided to ask others to join her after people told her they were praying for her.
Bellamy also said the 24 days has no religious significance.
Asheville faces a nearly $6 million budget gap it blames on a raft of Republican legislation aimed at taking away fees and revenue. City leaders have said they might close popular amenities like the WNC Nature Center and all city pools and athletics.
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Tuesday, December 10 2013 4:33 AM EST2013-12-10 09:33:05 GMT
We will see mostly cloudy skies and rain through noon today with sunny skies arriving this afternoon. Highs will climb to the middle 50s for the Upstate and middle 40s for the mountains.
Good Tuesday! We will see mostly cloudy skies and rain through noon today with sunny skies arriving this afternoon. Highs will climb to the middle 50s for the Upstate and middle 40s for the mountains. Overnight lows will fall to the upper 20s for the Upstate and low 20s for the mountains with clear skies. Much colder temperatures arrive Wednesday and remain for the rest of the week. Have a great Tuesday!