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Updated 3:49 p.m.
The unflattering news keeps coming for Wells Fargo. The San Francisco-based bank said Thursday that an expanded review turned up more potentially fake accounts, beyond what Wells had already announced.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Panthers were called the face of NFL concussions last season. What's being done to make the game safer? A North Carolina expert on the forefront of NFL concussion research talks with Mike Collins.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hate groups have come out of the shadows and experts believe news coverage of that emergence could inspire new members to join. But why? Some perspective on that.

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For the second time in a week, Duke Energy has canceled a planned nuclear project. Duke said Tuesday it's dropping plans to build the proposed Levy Nuclear Plant on Florida's Gulf Coast. That's after it canceled plans for the W.S. Lee nuclear plant in South Carolina last Friday.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The ambitious goal of creating 5,000 affordable housing units in three years is facing serious headwinds. We talk to some City Council members about the challenges of creating and preserving affordable housing.

Drawing shows design for the W.S. Lee Nuclear Plant in Cherokee County, S.C.
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Updated Aug. 26, 2017

Duke Energy wants to increase electricity rates by an average of 17 percent for residential customers in western North Carolina, including Charlotte. The higher rates would pay for new facilities, cleaning up coal ash - and for a South Carolina nuclear plant the company has decided not to build.

Charlotte Talks: How The Media Covers Race

Aug 24, 2017
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Americans have been trying to have an honest conversation about race.  Those conversations are hard to have, and often aren't successful.  Could the media facilitate that conversation?  What has been its role in influencing our thoughts on race?  From early portrayals of African-Americans to what we see on today’s news, have negative representations outstripped positive ones?  Host Mike Collins is joined by Eric Deggans from NPR and local guests to discuss.

A controversial former environmental official from Alabama is President Trump's pick to oversee the EPA in the Southeast.  Trey Glenn was named administrator for EPA Region 4, which includes the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama.

Updated 12:38 p.m.
A 32-year-old Charlotte man was shot to death early Wednesday during an attempted robbery at a business on Albemarle Road.

In February 2017, workers used a giant crane to lower a containment vessel ring into place at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in Fairfield County, S.C.

A decade ago, nuclear power’s future looked bright. It offered a carbon-free energy alternative amid worries about greenhouse gases and climate change. But a lot has happened since then, like the 2011 meltdown at Fukushima and skyrocketing nuclear construction costs. Last month, two South Carolina utilities scrapped a multi-billion dollar nuclear project. Now, the future of nuclear is even cloudier. 

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

White supremacist marches have renewed the conversation about what should happen to symbols of the Confederacy.  What do these monuments and markers represent, and what would their removal mean? Mike Collins talks with a Pulitzer Prize-nominated Civil War historian and hears from both sides of the issue.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday’s solar eclipse is bringing thousands to North and South Carolina for the experience. We hear from scientists, a meteorologist, and others about what to expect and get tips on how to view it safely.

The Knights are the Caballeros this weekend. Posing after the first ball was thrown out were Rocio Gonzalez of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce; catcher Rob Brantley;  Jim Huffman, who was there with the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation c
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  BB&T Ballpark had a different feel Friday night, as Latin music and Spanish language announcements played over the PA system. The Charlotte Knights became the Charlotte Caballeros for the weekend as the team tries to build a following in the Hispanic community. 

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Duke University removed a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee early Saturday, days after it was vandalized amid a national debate about monuments to the Confederacy.

The university said it removed the carved limestone likeness early Saturday morning from Duke Chapel where it stood among 10 historical figures depicted in the entryway. Another statue of Lee was at the heart of a violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly a week ago.

Alevo CEO Jostein Eikeland unveiled the company's plans for the old Philip Morris plant in October 2014.
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An industrial battery company that took over the former Philip Morris plant in Concord three years ago is going out of business. Nearly 300 people are losing their jobs.