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Judge Rules NC Photo ID, Income Tax Amendments Are Unconstitutional

Two new amendments to the North Carolina are unconstitutional, a Wake County Superior Court Judge ruled Friday afternoon.

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Finding Home

Small Belmont Is Becoming A Big Draw

Belmont is seeing steady growth as more find out it's so close to Charlotte yet so far away from the hassles of big city living — at least for now.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation reports that Interstate 40 near the Tennessee state line is closed in both directions because of a rockslide. 

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Prince Ramirez’s baby is due in a week. She and her husband have a name picked out.

“Oyuki Selene”

Ramirez, originally from Mexico, now lives in Charlotte with her husband and children who are U.S. citizens. Since she’s pregnant and a permanent resident with a green card, she’s eligible for Medicaid. But she’s nervous about signing up.

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A day after the North Carolina Board of Elections voted to hold a new election in the 9th Congressional District, Democrat Dan McCready kicked off his second attempt to win the seat.

Courtesy The News & Observer

During the North Carolina Board of Elections investigation into fraud in the 9th Congressional District race, Executive Director Kim Strach and lead investigator Joan Fleming interviewed John Harris, one of Mark Harris’ three children.

The interview was not expected to be significant, and Joshua Lawson, the elections board attorney, said he did not attend.

Mark Harris, Feb. 21, 2019.
Scott Sharpe / The News & Observer

Mark Harris had fought hard to get the results of his 9th Congressional District race certified. He sued in an attempt to be declared the winner and went to this week’s state elections board hearing intending to continue his fight. So it was a stunning announcement when he took the stand for a second time yesterday and read from a prepared statement and called for a new election.

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

The 9th Congressional District will now have a new election.  Despite random security checks, a CMS student is found with a gun on campus.  They’ve selected the jury in the Rayquan Borum case.  He faces murder charges in the death of Justin Carr.  And All-Star Weekend is behind us.  How are the reviews?  Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters details those and other stories.

Courtesy of April Freidline

Charlotte’s jazz scene has seen its ups and downs over the last 40 years.  One consistency in that time has been Ron Brendle laying down the bass.  Brendle has been a fixture on the scene since the early 80s, playing with his own bands and with touring musicians in town for just the night. 

Homes in Charlotte's Cherry neighborhood.
Gwendolyn Glenn/WFAE

A bleak picture was painted of the Charlotte region’s housing market in terms of affordability in a new report released Thursday at a UNC Charlotte-sponsored housing summit. Low-priced homes are hard to find as the population continues to outstrip the area’s housing stock and with fewer homes available, more people are renting at higher rates.

Rayquan Borum
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department

Updated 10:58 a.m.

The last alternate juror has been selected for the trial. Opening statements will be given on Monday.

Alex Olgin / WFAE News

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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