It's Been 30 Years Since Hurricane Hugo Battered The Carolinas

From evacuating hundreds of thousands of people from the coast to live TV coverage in the shrieking wind and rain, 1989's Hurricane Hugo might have been the first U.S. storm of the modern age. The storm caused widespread damage across the Carolinas and even hit Charlotte, more than 100 miles from the coast.

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PHOENIX — A North Carolina fugitive who was on the run for 10 days after escaping in rural eastern Arizona while handcuffed and in the custody of four bail bondsmen has been arrested in metro Phoenix.


A Garinger High student struck by a car Thursday in east Charlotte has died.

Employees across North Carolina's public university system will soon receive paid time off to care for a newborn or newly adopted child.

The University of North Carolina System Board of Governors, which oversees the 17-campus public university system, approved a new family leave policy that will give eight weeks of paid time off to birth mothers, and four weeks of paid time off to new fathers or other non-birth parents.


RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is seeking additional federal disaster assistance for counties affected by Hurricane Dorian.

Commentary: Partisan Divide Creates Different Americas, Separate Lives

Sep 21, 2019
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When people try to explain why the United States is so politically polarized now, they frequently refer to the concept of “echo chambers.”

That’s the idea that people on social media interact only with like-minded people, reinforcing each other’s beliefs. When people don’t encounter competing ideas, the argument goes, they become less willing to cooperate with political opponents.

Marshall Park, Charlotte
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Twelve years ago, the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County swapped land uptown.

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Charlotte Mecklenburg police are investigating a homicide Thursday night in north Charlotte that apparently followed an argument between two women. 


Picture this: You’ve just finished an excellent meal at a great restaurant. You say to the person next to you, “Wouldn’t it be amazing to have this chef cook for us at home every night?” You imagine succulent crab cakes and truffle risotto. Thick, juicy rib-eyes and duck confit.

The reality? You’d probably get chicken, pizza, grilled cheese – and even leftovers. 

Friday, September 20th, 2019

The shooter in the UNC Charlotte murders pleads guilty. New political maps are drawn and approved by the legislature. Dan Bishop officially becomes a member of Congress taking office this week in District 9.  Mecklenburg County decides to begin collecting overdue MEDIC bills.  And Cam Newton’s foot could keep him sidelined.  Mike Collins and local reporters have the latest.


Last year four suburban towns and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools were locked in a ferocious clash. Today it’s more like a wary truce. 

When the district's Municipal Education Advisory Committee met to talk about school safety Thursday morning, it was almost hard to recall the drama of 2018.


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SouthBound: Author Casey Cep On The Real-Life Murder Story That Harper Lee Tried To Write

Harper Lee wrote one of the classic novels in American history, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” A second novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” was published under a cloud of controversy a few months before her death. But there was another book that Harper Lee worked on – a nonfiction story from her home state of Alabama that involved a preacher, a series of mysterious deaths, and possibly voodoo.

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