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Dispatches: Election Board Calls For New 9th District Vote

Republican Mark Harris testifies today as the state elections board enters another day of hearings into allegations of election fraud in the 9th Congressional District. WFAE's Steve Harrison is covering the hearing in Raleigh. Check back throughout the day for live updates.

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Rayquan Borum
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department

Jury selection continues today in the murder trial of Rayquan Borum, who faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Justin Carr.

The 12 jurors and one alternate have been selected. Two more alternates are needed. Borum faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Carr, who was shot in uptown Charlotte during the second night of protests after the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in September 2016.

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A South Carolina Supreme Court decision may end a nearly 15-year legal battle to build a hospital in Fort Mill.

Piedmont Medical Center CEO Mark Noscaka was thrilled with the decision.

“We’ve never been closer. Never been closer,” he said.

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Now that there will be a new election in the North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, state Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin is curious if the Republican Party will stand by Mark Harris. Goodwin spoke to WFAE's All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey shortly after the state Board of Elections ordered a new election.

Dallas Woodhouse is the executive director of the North Carolina Republican party. He has attended each day of the state elections board's hearing into allegations of election fraud in the 9th Congressional District. He spoke with WFAE Morning Edition host Lisa Worf about the hearing.

Lisa Worf: N.C. GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse joins us now. Dallas, thanks for coming on.

Dallas Woodhouse: Hey, thank you.

Lisa Worf: So first....

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Researchers at UNC Charlotte’s Motor Sport and Automotive Research Center are known for their work in improving the performance of race cars. They are expanding that work to now include research on lithium-ion batteries, which are commonly used in smart phones and electric vehicles. The problem is they sometimes explode or catch fire.

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Just weeks after Jussie Smollett reported being assaulted in a potential hate crime, the Empire actor is in police custody for allegedly orchestrating the attack. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett faked the incident, paying two brothers about $3,500 to join a "publicity stunt" staged by Smollett because he "was dissatisfied with his salary."

"Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career," Johnson said at a news conference Thursday after Smollett's arrest.

The new documentary "Making Modern Charlotte" looks at the people who helped transform Charlotte from a sleepy town into a financial center with skyscrapers and professional sports teams. The documentary focuses on the 1960s through the early 2000s.

Watching it, you get a sense of how many of those changes were a result of business leaders trying to boost the reputation of Charlotte.

Charlotte Talks: ICE's Impact On The Community

19 hours ago

Thursday, Feb 21, 2019

Recent arrests by ICE agents have stoked fears in the immigrant community but Immigration and Customs Enforcement says this is the new normal.  Mike hears from ICE and others this hour.

NCDOT officials told local business and government leaders in Cornelius this Wednesday they are still studying potential changes to the $670 million I-77 toll lanes project from Charlotte to Mooresville. Some of those leaders said afterward they aren't hearing anything new.

The meeting of the DOT's I-77 Local Advisory Committee was supposed to be an update on progress toward changes in the unpopular project. But DOT officials say they have yet to begin negotiating anything with toll-lane builder and operator I-77 Mobility Partners.

Updated: 4:50 p.m.

Jury selection continued Wednesday in the murder trial of Rayqaun Borum. Borum faces a first degree murder charge in the death of Justin Carr. Prosecutors say Carr was shot and killed in uptown Charlotte the second night of protests after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott. Scott was killed by a CMPD police officer in September 2016.

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