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Frank Straub of the Police Foundation of Washington, D.C., talked to Charlotte City Council Monday.
David Boraks / WFAE

A consultant with the Police Foundation told Charlotte City Council Monday night that CMPD properly followed its own policies last year as it responded to violence following the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. But he said CMPD and city officials weren't fully prepared for the protests.

Joseph McGill of Charleston, S.C., runs the Slave Dwelling Project.
Slave Dwelling Project

What would it be like to spend a night seeing life through the eyes of the enslaved? A program this weekend at the President James K. Polk historic site in Pineville will give a few people a chance to stay overnight in slave quarters. It's part of a seven-year quest by Joseph McGill of Charleston, SC. It's called the Slave Dwelling Project, and it aims to preserve slave quarters. McGill talked to WFAE's David Boraks about the project. 

Anticom's banner photo on their Twitter account
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A group that expresses white supremacist and neo-Nazi sentiments has called off a march planned for Charlotte in December.  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Jeannette Walls' best-selling memoir The Glass Castle tells the story of her challenging upbringing. It has now been made into a movie. 

police tape
Flickr/Tony Webster

Updated 8:55 a.m.
The number of homicides in Charlotte this year is now 67, the same number as in all of last year. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say the latest killing happened early Thursday in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, off Beatties Ford Road in west Charlotte.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

We hear about the human toll of the opioid epidemic from those who have lived through it: those who have struggled with addiction and those who have lost loved ones to it.

Rowan County Commission Chair Greg Edds gave a lengthy argument for appealing the case.
Rowan County Commission

Rowan County Commissioners voted Monday to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether they should be allowed to say Christian prayers before meetings. The 5-0 vote came at a special session that lasted an hour and 45 minutes.

[Meanwhile, prayer returned at the start of the Charlotte City Council meeting last night. More below.]

Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera talked about National Anthem protests at a press conference Monday.
Panthers.com

Updated 4:55 p.m.
More than a dozen New Orleans Saints knelt during the National Anthem before Sunday's game at Bank of America stadium, but no Carolina Panthers joined them. Protests around the NFL this weekend came in response to President Trump's comment that players should be fired if they kneel during the anthem. Panthers Coach Ron Rivera said Monday the protests aren't disrespectful.

Charlotte Talks: Inside The Minds Of Dogs

Sep 25, 2017
Chris Miller / WFAE

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017  

Brain research isn’t just for humans. Dr. Gregory Berns has been using it to get inside the minds of dogs. Mike Collins asks what they're thinking.

Charlotte Talks: The Future of Energy

Sep 25, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

The way Americans consume and produce energy is changing and diversifying. The future of energy in all its forms takes center stage in Charlotte, as an energy hub city- we’ll explore what that future may hold, when Charlotte Talks, with guest host David Boraks.

Police in riot gear march down Trade Street toward the Omni Hotel during protests Sept. 21, 2016, after the killing of Keith Lamont Scott.
David Boraks / WFAE

CMPD and the City of Charlotte say they're studying a consultant's recommendations for changes in police training, transparency and other policies. Those came in a report from The Police Foundation of Washington, D.C., hired by the city after demonstrations following the fatal police shooting of a black man last year. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Host Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters is set to fill in all the details of the week's top stories, including several remembrances on the one-year anniversary of the Keith Scott Shooting, and CMPD Chief Kerr Putney’s response to recommendations from the Citizens Review Board following the Keith Scott shooting.  City Council opens their Monday meeting without a prayer which has been a longtime tradition.  We’ll tell you the reason for the change.  And the debate over civil war monuments has caught up with Historic Brattonsville.  They’ve cancelled a planned re-enactment.  

Back-to-back natural disasters in Mexico and across the Caribbean have left millions of people reeling.

Police have arrested and charged a man with a homicide that happened Wednesday night in northeast Charlotte. 

Updated at 11 p.m. ET

Puerto Rico is trying to start the process of recovering from Hurricane Maria — and it's doing so after the powerful storm blew homes apart, filled roads with water and tore at its infrastructure. Flash floods are persisting, and the island has no electricity service.

"We are without power, the whole island is without power," Jenniffer González-Colón, Puerto Rico's resident commissioner — its representative in Congress — told Morning Edition on Thursday. González-Colón spoke from Carolina, near San Juan.

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