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A panel of Gaston County residents voted 7-5 Monday to remove a Confederate monument that has stood in front of the county courthouse for 88 years. The vote came after heated debate over whether the statue represents white supremacy. 

Charlotte's MLS team says it will announce its name and colors next week. On Monday, the club owned by Carolina Panthers' owner David Tepper tweeted out the list of possible names that came out in December. One name was crossed out: Charlotte Fortune.

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Protests ramped up again in Charlotte over the weekend. One group, called Unity-In-Diversity, gathered Sunday afternoon at Romare Bearden Park demanding justice for Vanessa Guillén, a 20-year-old U.S. Army soldier who disappeared in April from Fort Hood in Texas and was found dead near the military base earlier this month.

According to WUNC, 14 Confederate monuments in North Carolina have been taken down – or are in the process of being taken down – since the death of George Floyd on May 25.

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Police say four people were shot and killed in separate acts of violence this weekend in Charlotte. Two of the victims were teenagers.


Mecklenburg County has 25 full-time contact tracers and another 100 people working part-time to help prevent further spread of the coronavirus. But those workers have been hampered by people not providing phone numbers or addresses for their close contacts.

Florida reported 15,299 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, marking the largest single-day increase of any state since the start of the pandemic.

Sunday's number exceeds New York's peak of more than 12,200 new cases in one day back in April, when it was the epicenter of the outbreak.

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It has been nearly a month since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The 5-to-4 vote was considered a win for DACA’s more than 800,000 recipients across the U.S. But there are still thousands of young undocumented immigrants left in limbo. 

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The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office says a 51-year-old man died in custody at the uptown Charlotte jail early Sunday morning. 

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There's no doubt about it: North Carolina's left a mark on how America sounds. From jazz to indie rock to hip-hop, the state's lent a lot of talent to the musical landscape over the years.

And the North Carolina Musician Murals Project is doing its part to show just how widely that legacy is spread across the state.


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