Associated Press

Monday, Sept. 24, Kevin Olsen entered a not guilty plea to rape charges.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The rape trial involving former UNC Charlotte quarterback Kevin Olsen began Monday with his accuser taking the stand.

Olsen was arrested on Feb. 19, 2017, and charged with three counts of felony second-degree forcible rape, communicating threats, assault on a female and a second-degree sex offense of forcible fondling while playing for Charlotte. Olsen was suspended from all athletic activities and kicked off the 49ers football team last September.

Gastonia Police Department

The search continued Sunday for Maddox Scott Ritch. Gastonia Police say the boy, who is autistic and non-verbal, disappeared Saturday afternoon while with his parents at Rankin Lake Park.

Handing out hot dogs, hugs and comforting words, President Donald Trump sought Wednesday to soothe those who suffered losses in Hurricane Florence, declaring that "America grieves for you" as he surveyed damage the powerful storm left behind.

Federal investigators who are seeking a massive number of voting records from North Carolina election officials also want voter registration documents from the state Division of Motor Vehicles.

The Tower of Voices is conceived as a monumental, ninety-three feet tall musical instrument holding forty wind chimes, representing the forty passengers and crew members of Flight 93 on Sept. 11.
National Parks Service / bioLinia and Paul Murdoch Architects

Americans were commemorating 9/11 with somber tributes, volunteer projects and a new monument to victims Tuesday, after a year when two attacks demonstrated the enduring threat of terrorism in the nation's biggest city.

Jess Clark / WUNC

It appears at least four proposed amendments to the North Carolina Constitution will be on fall ballots now that the state Supreme Court has rejected a civil rights group's request to block questions on voter identification and income taxes.

A herd of wild horses in North Carolina that has suffered a stretch of deaths and banishments has welcomed a new foal.

President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh will be questioned by the Senate Tuesday.
The White House

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set for a week of marathon hearings before the Judiciary Committee, where senators will drill down into the judge's background, writings and legal philosophy.


A group that honors Confederate veterans has placed flowers at the base of the recently toppled Confederate statue known as "Silent Sam," which formerly stood on the main campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Silent Sam

A protester accused of helping yank down a Confederate statue at North Carolina's flagship university said Thursday that the community brought it down with "a righteous show of people power" after university leaders declined their pleas to lawfully remove it.