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NC's Surge In Rate Of Drug Overdose Deaths Second Highest In U.S.

Drug overdoses killed an estimated 72,000 people in the U.S. last year. A new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control also shows that deaths from drug overdoses in North Carolina in 2017 soared at the second-highest rate in the nation.

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Charlotte's annual pride parade and festival kicks off in uptown this weekend, bringing with it drag queens, rainbows, and a slew of outdoor activities and live entertainment. Organizors are expecting more than 150,000 people to attend over the course of the two-day event - about on par with last year's attendance - and more than 6,000 people are expected to participate Sunday's parade, which steps off at 1 p.m.

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A judge ruled Thursday that CMPD must release the 911 recordings of the Charlotte gardening store owner who called to notify police that he shot someone breaking into his business.

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Friday, August 17th, 2018

On this week's special Local News Roundup live at The People's Market - a meeting was held this week on the fate of the I-77 toll lanes...  Five former governors – Republicans and Democrats agree on something – all opposing two of the Constitutional Amendments on this fall’s ballot... Lead is found in the water at several CMS elementary schools.  Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters detail those and other stories.

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Salisbury police officials say a newly released U.S. Department of Justice analysis of crime in the city is a major tool they will use in forming crime reduction strategies.

Dr. Dale Owen points to the eight Tryon Medical Partners office locations that will open over the next several months. They are strategically located near where Atrium owned Mecklenburg Medical Group's offices.
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Hospital systems have been on a buying binge the last few years, gobbling up doctors’ practices. By one estimate, nearly a third of medical practices nationwide are now part of a large hospital network.

But one large group of physicians is going in another direction - it’s breaking away from Atrium Health and opening an independent practice next month. 

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The Men’s Shelter of Charlotte near uptown re-opens this weekend after four and a half months of renovation.

Behind the renovations was an immediate need to repair failing infrastructure like piping and ductwork. But the shelter’s director, Liz Clasen-Kelly says there was more to it.

Lisa Worf

Major changes will come to some Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools when classes resume on Aug. 27. Three new schools are opening, more than 100 have been renovated and the somewhat controversial pairing of some schools under the new student assignment plan kicks in.

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It's been five months since the light rail extension debuted in north Charlotte. The $1.2 billion project was heralded as the future of Charlotte transportation and a step toward avoiding traffic congestion. But some drivers say the extension has made traffic worse, particularly along North Tryon Street. 

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UNC Charlotte confirmed Thursday that the football stadium will remain Jerry Richardson Stadium.

A school spokesman said in a statement that the Board of Trustees for UNC Charlotte has determined that the university will “honor the naming rights agreement” with Richardson.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Nearly half of all medical care in the U.S. takes place in emergency rooms, according to a 2017 study. But should that be the first choice when you need to see a doctor? Mike Collins talks with local medical experts about better decisions in seeking care.

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