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American Flag Fight In Statesville Gaining National Attention

In Statesville – there’s a big flap brewing over a big flag. The city has sued “Camping World” because its American flag is deemed too big. The city passed an ordinance designed, in part, to prevent displays of big Confederate flags. But the prohibition also includes any big flag. That has angered the company’s CEO and others who say that’s un-American and unpatriotic – especially just before Memorial Day

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The Charlotte City Council on Thursday rejected a proposal by Democratic council member Braxton Winston to increase the compensation of council members.

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An estimated 56,000 state employees will now be able to take paid parental leave. Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order Thursday granting eight weeks of paid leave to state employees who give birth and four weeks to other parents taking care of a newborn, adopted or foster child.

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Charlotte saw one of the largest population increases in the country from 2017 to 2018, according to new Census figures out Thursday. The U.S. Census Bureau says Charlotte’s population increased by 13,151 from July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018. That brought the population of Charlotte to 872,498.  


Twenty-one states extend in-state tuition to either undocumented immigrants or beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Legislation proposed by state Democrats would make North Carolina the 22nd state to offer that tuition rate, but Republican support is an unlikely prospect.


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One firefighter was injured while battling a large fire Thursday at a business in Kannapolis. WSOC-TV reports the firefighter was working toward the back of the building when the ceiling partially collapsed on him. The firefighter's identity has not yet been released and his condition remains unknown.

UNC Charlotte student Drew Pescaro is back in the hospital battling an infection related to injuries he sustained during a deadly campus shooting last month. The 19-year-old from Apex had been discharged from the hospital Monday.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

The blessing and curse of plastic. A boon to us, but a major hazard for wildlife and nature requiring a global solution. We hear more.

Brittany Smith grew up mostly in Detroit, earning a master's degree in public health from the University of Michigan. But when she and her then-boyfriend, Sam, began their careers, they ran into roadblocks. It was 2013, and Detroit was still struggling from the effects of the Great Recession. Sam Smith couldn't find full-time work. His job as a college career counselor wrapped when the campus where he worked shut down.

They began looking for an out.

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It's about that time of year again. Charlotte's maples and oaks have fully unfurled their leaves for the summertime, the humidity in the air has been steadily rising, and Memorial Day weekend is already upon us. That means it's time for the city to celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer with all things NASCAR at uptown Charlotte's Circle K Speed Street Festival.

A repeat effort to regulate popular fantasy sports games in North Carolina advanced through a House panel on Wednesday, two years after a similar effort was derailed.

The House Commerce Committee voted for the measure, which would require companies that operate fantasy sports to pay registration fees to the state and abide by some rules. Failing to comply could result in fines of up to $10,000 or registration revocation.


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