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NC judge's order blocks Asheville water transfer

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Wake County Superior Court judge has granted a temporary restraining order halting the city of Asheville's transfer of its water system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District.

Judge Don Stephens issued the order Tuesday afternoon, hours before the date for a transfer set by state legislation.

The City of Asheville had sued the state after the Republican-led legislature passed the bill. Gov. Pat McCrory said he would let the bill become law without signing it.

Assistant City Attorney Martha Walker-McGlohon said City Attorney Bob Oast and other attorneys appeared before the judge to ask that the legislation be set aside because of the lawsuit challenging the new law. She said the city would ask for a preliminary injunction to keep the transfer from occurring while the city's lawsuit is considered.

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