Daniel Coston

Town, Transportation Officials Discuss N. Mecklenburg Growing Pains

Population has boomed in the Lake Norman area towns of Davidson, Huntersville and Cornelius. In 1990, the three towns had a total population of about 10,000. Nearly 30 years later, the number of residents has grown tenfold – to more than 100,000.

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Finding Home

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For the last few years, there’s been a lot of momentum in addressing the area’s housing challenges. Affordable housing has become a priority of city leaders but as the region grows, it’s become increasingly harder to find affordable places to live. The city estimates there’s an affordable housing shortfall of 24,000 units.

You’ve probably seen it by now, unless you deliberately didn’t want to. The parking lot outside the Burger King. The young man, Danquirs Franklin, crouching next to a car. The police officer, Wende Kerl, shouting at him to drop his weapon. She’s aiming hers at him.

You know what happens next. Another young black man killed by a white police officer. Another controversy over what constitutes a legal shooting. Calls for the police to release more video. More blows to the old bruise that never heals.

The National Weather Service confirms that severe storms spawned about a dozen tornadoes in the Carolinas on Friday. One of those twisters touched down Friday afternoon in northern Gaston County, traveling more than 7 miles and crossing into Lincoln County before lifting north of Lincolnton.

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Visitors to Charleston International soon will be greeted with a new name on the passenger terminal.

The board that operates the airport has voted to name the main building after the late U.S. Sen. Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings, who died April 6 and was laid to rest Tuesday.

Ethan Allen Announces Layoffs In NC, NJ

Apr 20, 2019

OLD FORT, N.C. — A Connecticut-based furniture manufacturer plans to lay off almost 400 workers at plants in North Carolina and New Jersey.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Ethan Allen Interiors said in a news release that it will lay off 325 workers from its manufacturing facility in Old Fort, North Carolina, and 55 employees in Passaic, New Jersey.

After more than three decades, University of North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell has resigned from leading the celebrated program. Her resignation followed an external review that found she made "racially insensitive" remarks, exercised "undue influence" on athletes to play while injured and lacked a connection with her players.

Updated 4: 10 p.m.

Nearly the entire state of North Carolina, as well as parts of South Carolina and Virginia, are under a tornado watch this afternoon as a severe storm rakes up the east coast. The National Weather Service says the Charlotte Metro-Area is facing a high risk of damaging wind gusts, and has about a ten percent chance of seeing a twister. 


It’s been five days since the public got a glimpse into the last moments of Danquirs Franklin’s life – the repeated commands by CMPD Officer Wende Kerl to drop his gun, the motion of Franklin’s hand as he appeared to hold it with the barrel facing himself, and the fatal shots from Kerl’s gun.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Body cam video provides more detail on a fatal police shooting. Republican candidates in the 9th Congressional district square off. And the full Mueller report is out. Those and other stories on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup. 

Uber is releasing a new feature to help riders ensure they're getting into the right vehicles.

The development comes several weeks after a University of South Carolina student was killed after getting into a car she had mistaken for the Uber ride she hailed.


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SouthBound: Leighton Ford On Family, Faith, And His Friendship With Billy Graham

Leighton Ford wasn’t born a Southerner, but surely by now he qualifies – he has lived in Charlotte more than 60 years. Before then, back home in Canada, he met a young preacher named Billy Graham. He ended up not just working with Graham, but marrying his sister Jeanie. He went on to his own career as a teacher and mentor to young evangelist. But he and Billy Graham stayed friends to Graham’s dying day.

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