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FILE: This man had his belongings stashed in front of an apartment building in uptown Charlotte in January 2018.
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More people are homeless in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County this year, and those in homeless shelters and transitional homes are staying longer. That's according to a new report on housing and homelessness commissioned by the city and county, and authored by UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute. The annual report took a different look at homelessness this time around.

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UNC Charlotte confirmed Thursday that the football stadium will remain Jerry Richardson Stadium.

A school spokesman said in a statement that the Board of Trustees for UNC Charlotte has determined that the university will “honor the naming rights agreement” with Richardson.

A proposed hotel and conference center on UNC Charlotte’s campus took another step forward last night.

A roof collapsed on a construction site at UNC Charlotte Friday, injuring one worker.
Justin Lape

One person is injured after a roof collapsed on a construction site on the campus of UNC Charlotte. Construction workers were working Friday afternoon on a new indoor batting facility near Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium when the trusses collapsed. 

Rendering of the planned Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at UNC Charlotte.
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UNC Charlotte is hoping to expand again with a proposed hotel and conference center on campus next to the light rail stop on North Tryon. The project would be nestled at the corner of JW Clay Boulevard and North Tryon Street near the JW Clay light rail station. The university says the project would have a lot of benefits, including building its academic reputation by allowing the school to host large conferences.

Amanda Ruiz

A typical image for a college graduation ceremony involves proud parents taking pictures of their kids in cap and gown. Of course, many graduates are also parents themselves, like Amanda Ruiz. She says a scholarship program geared to mothers helped her graduate within three years.

The Kappa Sigma fraternity house near UNC Charlotte.
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A local chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at UNC Charlotte has been temporarily suspended pending an investigation into the death of a female student who fell off a party bus into traffic this week.

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Police arrested a student for falsely reporting mass violence on the UNC Charlotte campus Tuesday. Twenty-year-old Matthew Saavedra was taken into custody by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department, according to inmate records.

UNC President Margaret Spellings joined Charlotte Talks Monday, March 19, 2018.
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Margaret Spellings, the former secretary of education and current president of the UNC system, says after two years on the job there is still more work to be done to lower the cost of a UNC education and she needs the legislature's help to keep the momentum going.  

From left, Carolina Diaz, Eliana Diaz and Omar Cortes rode the Blue Line in northeast Charlotte on the first day.
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Trains were packed on the Lynx Blue Line Extension Friday morning as the $1.2 billion light rail line opened to the public for the first time. There was lots of pomp and circumstance, including ribbon cuttings, confetti cannons and free "First To Ride" T-shirts.