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After Nearly 2 Decades In Prison, Rae Carruth Is Released

Former Carolina Panthers receiver Rae Carruth was 25 years old the day a Mecklenburg County jury found him guilty of conspiring to kill Cherica Adams in 2001. He’s 44 now and Monday morning was released from the Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, North Carolina.

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2018 Midterm Voter Guide

With Election Day around the corner, here's everything you need to know to prepare for the polls.

The last section of Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station in Salisbury was imploded Friday.
Duke Energy

Duke Energy on Friday completed the demolition of the remaining section of the Buck Steam Station, on the Yadkin River near Salisbury. The demolition began Aug. 2 with the implosion of the plant’s oldest section.

Monday, October 22, 2018

As a response to J.D. Vance's bestselling memoir Hillbilly Elegy, authors Meredith McCarroll and Anthony Harkins wrote Appalachian Reckoning to provide another point of view on Appalachia. They join us to talk about what they see as misconceptions about the region and its people.

Imagine if Amazon or Wal-Mart filed bankruptcy? It seems unthinkable, but the same could have been said about Sears for much of the 20th Century. But last week, Sears filed for bankruptcy. By the time it happened, it wasn’t a huge surprise. Still, the news has WFAE’s Tommy Tomlinson feeling a bit nostalgic.

Duke Energy's headquarters in Charlotte.
Zuri Berry / WFAE

Residents in Mecklenburg and several western North Carolina counties are being offered up to $10,000 to replace inefficient and polluting wood stoves. Duke Energy is funding the campaign as part of a legal settlement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency over Clean Air Act violations. 

Every day, the opioid epidemic claims an estimated 115 lives. But rarely, does any one casualty gain the type of attention that the obituary for a young mother, published on the website of The Burlington Free Press, received earlier this week.

CATS Blue Line train
WFAE File Photo

Service on the LYNX Blue Line will return to normal beginning Monday morning, Charlotte Area Transit System says. 

Guatemala's president says 2,000 migrants have returned to Honduras following a tense standoff on Friday between the mass caravan they had been traveling in and officers on Mexico's border with Guatemala.

The president of Honduras said another 486 members of the convoy were also en route back to Honduras, according to Reuters. The migrants were part of a group of thousands that attempted to cross a border bridge over the Suchiate River along the border between Guatemala and Mexico.

Friends and family of people who live in the Florida panhandle are still trying to find out if their loved ones survived Hurricane Michael. The mission has been hampered by heavily damaged infrastructure and fractured communication systems.

Volunteer rescuer George Ruiz spent Thursday trying to locate people who had not been heard from since the devastating storm.

"It's been a good day," says Ruiz, retired from the U.S. Coast Guard. "I've done about 32 calls so far."

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

Police in Charlotte are investigating two fatal shootings that occured within hours of each other Friday night, leaving two men dead.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles announced updated statistics on policing and affordable housing with several City Council members behind her at the Brightwalk community near Uptown on Friday.
Cole del Charco / WFAE

Charlotte officials released a community commitment report to give an update on promises the City Council made to residents in 2016.

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SouthBound: Frye Gaillard On The ‘60s And What It Meant (Especially In The South)

Frye Gaillard has been writing about the South for going on 50 years. In SouthBound's home base of Charlotte, he was a legendary feature writer for the Charlotte Observer. But he’s best known for his books, which range from a study of school integration to a biography of Jimmy Carter.

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