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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 .

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The Republican National Convention will utilize the Spectrum Center in uptown Charlotte.
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The local host committee for the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte announced Wednesday that Louis Dejoy will led its fundraising efforts.

Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to North Carolina Wednesday to celebrate the approach of next year's Republican National Convention, to visit a textile plant and to attend a political fundraiser.

Shares of Lowe's tumbled 10 percent at the opening bell Wednesday after the home improvement retailer cut its outlook for the year after a weak first quarter.

The company cited rising costs and outdated pricing tools. Lowe's recently acquired an analytics platform it says will modernize its pricing process and improve margins.

The ParkScore map for Mecklenburg County identified suggested sites (blue dots) for the next new parks.  Red and orange areas have "very high" and "high" need for parks.
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Charlotte and Mecklenburg County moved up one place from last year in an annual study that ranks cities on spending and access to public parks. But the region still ranks 96th out of the 100 largest U.S. cities in the 2019 ParkScore Index.

The annual ranking compiled by the Trust for Public Land looks at the percentage of residents who live near a park, total acreage, park amenities and total investment.

Photo courtesy of Dayton and Ezekiel Self.

WFAE recently highlighted several podcasts in Charlotte as part of our Queen City Podquest competition. It’s made us more aware of a lot that’s going in the local podcast world. For example, the "Bruh vs. Bro" podcast produced by young brothers Dayton and Ezekiel Self. Dayton is 10. Ezekiel, or EZ, is 12.  

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Republican lawmakers want to expand eligibility for North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program. Under the voucher program, the state pays private schools up to $4,200 a year on behalf of each low-income student.

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"Politically driven" is how Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board member Elyse Dashew described a Huntersville education advisory commission’s recommendation that the town operate its own charter school and split from CMS.

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In an interview on WFAE's Morning Edition last week, Democrat Dan McCready said his opponent in the 9th Congressional District, Republican Dan Bishop, is a "career politician."

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In an interview with WFAE's Morning Edition last week, Mecklenburg State Sen. Dan Bishop was asked about an Associated Press analysis from 2017 that projected North Carolina would lose $3.7 billion in business over the next 12 years because of House Bill 2.

The buzz is still settling-down from billionaire Robert F. Smith's stunning announcement during his commencement address on Sunday to the 2019 graduating class of Morehouse College — a historically black, all-male college in Atlanta.

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