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Testing Finds Unsafe Lead Levels In 4 More CMS Sites

Lead levels in four more Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools exceeded state safe drinking water standards, according to test results released Tuesday. CMS officials say test results of lead levels at 11 other schools showed no problems.

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N.C. Environmental Secretary Michael Regan spoke at Monday's signing of a state executive order to fight climate change.
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President Trump may have pulled the U.S. out of the 2017 Paris climate agreement, but its goals are alive in North Carolina. State and local governments are adopting their own measures to fight climate change.

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You might not know the name Chuck Leavell. But if you know much about rock 'n' roll at all, you've heard his work. 

FBI

As the search for the missing 13-year-old Lumberton girl continues, the FBI has increased the reward for information that leads to Hania Noelia Aguilar to $25,000.

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In west Charlotte, the Excelsior Club was important to cultural life in the African-American community for more than 50 years. 

Initial plans to save the site as a historic landmark fell apart in October when the Mecklenburg County Commissioners rejected the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission's bid to buy the club. 

People rode scooters on a sidewalk in uptown Charlotte at lunch hour in June.
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Some of Charlotte’s Lime electric scooters might be getting recalled over concerns they may fall apart while people are using them, according to the Washington Post.

North Carolina General Assembly

Common Cause of North Carolina and the North Carolina Democratic Party have filed a lawsuit against the General Assembly over the state’s legislative maps, which the two groups say are unfairly stacked against Democrats.

Charlotte City Council members assembled for their meeting Monday night.
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The Charlotte City Council's Budget and Effectiveness Committee said Tuesday morning that any switch to four-year terms should be approved by voters in a referendum.

Updated 4:50 p.m.

E-cigarette usage, or vaping, has risen 430 percent in middle school students and a staggering 894 percent in high school students since 2011, according to the 2017 North Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey, prompting the FDA commissioner to label the surge in use as an epidemic.

Updated 4:25 p.m.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said three minors are being charged after making threats on social media, forcing Olympic High School into a lockdown Tuesday morning. 

Updated at 10:30 p.m. ET

Fire investigators in Northern California say they found the human remains of 6 more individuals, bringing the death toll to at least 48 people who have died in the wildfire that burned through the town of Paradise with shocking speed, making the Camp Fire the deadliest wildfire in state history.

Fire crews are working to fight that blaze, along with another large wildfire in Southern California, where at least two deaths have been reported.

Overall 50 people have perished in fires throughout the state.

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