Charlotte Pride board president Daniel Valdez says this year's festival will celebrate diversity, on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
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165,000 Expected Uptown For Pride, Including LGBT First Responders In Parade

Thousands of visitors will be uptown this weekend for the annual Charlotte Pride LGBT festival and parade. Organizers say they expect to match or top last year, when 165,000 people attended the Saturday-Sunday event.

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After nearly seven decades in business, Mary Jo's Cloth Store in Gastonia will permanently close by the end of August, according to a post on the business's Facebook page.

Public comments are due Sept. 9 on the draft plan.
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State environmental officials have released the draft of a proposed North Carolina Clean Energy Plan, a requirement of Governor Roy Cooper's executive order on climate change last year. 

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Rock Hill School officials are beefing up security and for the first time, all 17 elementary schools will have a full time security officer on campus. Rock Hill’s middle and high schools had police and sheriff security officers but Mike Johnson, the district’s director of safety says they will hire private, armed security officers for the elementary schools. 

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COLUMBIA, S.C.  — The South Carolina Attorney General's office has filed a lawsuit against major opioid distribution companies, claiming the businesses are partially responsible for the opioid crisis.

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No charges will be filed against the CMPD officer who shot Danquirs Franklin.  Black members of City Council, County Commission and the School board receive racist letters. New CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston may have a 3-year contract, but it has a 60-day out clause.  The local news roundup covers those stories and more.

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks about his decision to retire at the season's end, with team owner Rick Hendrick.
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Former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is in the hospital following a minor plane crash this afternoon. The private aircraft reportedly ran off the runway and caught fire at a municipal airport in Tennessee about 65 miles north of Asheville. Earnhardt’s wife and one-year-old daughter were also aboard the plane at the time of the crash. 

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It's hurricane season and government forecasters last week said they're now expecting above-normal activity, with five to nine Atlantic hurricanes, including two to four major storms with winds over 110 miles an hour. A conference at Duke University Wednesday looked at North Carolina's ongoing recovery from past hurricanes and what needs to happen to make the state more resilient in the face of stronger and slower moving storms. 

It's been 30 years since Spike Lee's movie Do The Right Thing hit the big screen. The 1989 film was considered revolutionary because, as few movies were doing at the time, it took a deep dive into issues such as race and race relations, police brutality, politics, gentrification and what it means to be black in America. 

We're not just talking about ‘Do the Right Thing’ because of the anniversary but this Saturday it will be the opening film in the Charlotte Mecklenburg library's new series, ‘View the Right Thing.’  Shawn Allison, the events coordinator for Pride magazine, is with "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn to talk about that in this week's entertainment segment. 

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MOCKSVILLE — A North Carolina police department is evicting its pet cat named Sgt. Butters, and some residents are mounting a campaign to bring him back.

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RALEIGH — President Donald Trump has nominated a law professor who previously worked as a prosecutor, defense attorney and journalist to fill the nation's longest federal judiciary vacancy.

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