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Updated August 13

One year after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., hundreds of counterprotesters overwhelmed the small number of 'this year's Unite the Right' rally attendees in Washington D.C.

Kenneth Lassiter
N.C. Division of Prisons

North Carolina prison officials will impose tougher penalties on inmates who attack employees. The changes go into effect Friday, after a deadly year for prison workers. Five employees died in attacks at Eastern North Carolina prisons last year.

Credit: Federation Equestre Internationale

Polk County is part of an area marketed as Tryon Horse Country.  In September, it will be the focus of the equestrian world. The World Equestrian Games are coming to the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring about 90 miles west of Charlotte. The games are held every four years.  Jake Johnson, the chairman of the Polk County Commission, spoke with WFAE's Marshall Terry.

Cole del Charco / WFAE

A Smithsonian art exhibit is touring the state this year, and it opens in Newton Friday. “The Way We Worked” documents how Americans have worked over the past 150 years, and the nation’s transition to a post-industrial economy. The exhibit has been shown across the country, but this time it features a section specific to Catawba County.

Shreya Mantha

On Youth Day this Sunday, a Charlotte teen will be recognized as the first-ever North Carolina recipient of the Diana Award. Named after the Princess of Wales, the award acknowledges the social activism or humanitarian efforts of outstanding young people world-wide.

India Association of Charlotte

Asian Indians represent one of Charlotte’s fastest-growing ethnic communities. Since 2010, the population has doubled to more than 20,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This weekend, Indian heritage and customs will be celebrated in uptown during the 24th annual Festival of India.

American Beauty Garden Center

The owner of a Charlotte gardening shop who fatally shot a robbery suspect this week was charged Thursday with voluntary manslaughter.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
Nick de la Canal / WFAE

Property owners in Mecklenburg County may be in for a surprise come January when the county sends out new tax values.


North Carolina is looking for insurance companies as it privatizes its Medicaid system. The program that covers 2.2 million poor and disabled North Carolinians is undergoing a massive overhaul, but patients won’t see any changes until next year.

Sealed Air

The Bubble Wrap trademark holder and maker is under investigation by the Securities Exchange Commission.