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One Way NASCAR Is Increasing Diversity: Pit Crew Recruits

NASCAR is trying to appeal to a broader audience beyond its traditional base, mostly made up of older, white southerners. One way the organization is trying to diversify its appeal is by recruiting young, diverse pit crew members.

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UNCC Deadly Shooting: Share Your Thoughts

The deadly attack at UNC Charlotte has left two people dead, others injured and our community in mourning. If you'd like to share your thoughts, click the button below.

A repeat effort to regulate popular fantasy sports games in North Carolina advanced through a House panel on Wednesday, two years after a similar effort was derailed.

The House Commerce Committee voted for the measure, which would require companies that operate fantasy sports to pay registration fees to the state and abide by some rules. Failing to comply could result in fines of up to $10,000 or registration revocation.

The Republican National Convention will utilize the Spectrum Center in uptown Charlotte.
Zuri Berry / WFAE

The local host committee for the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte announced Wednesday that Louis Dejoy will lead 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The company cited rising costs and outdated pricing tools.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.
ParkScore / Trust for Public Lands

Updated 1:56 p.m.
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.

Poultry, Pork Operations Aplenty In NC, But Where’s The Beef?

May 22, 2019
Andrew Kornylak / Our State magazine

Drive around North Carolina, and you won’t have any trouble finding a big farm. But if you’re looking for beef cattle, that’s a different story. As part of WFAE’s collaboration with Our State magazine, Jeremy Markovich went up to talk to a farmer who, with 3,000 head of cattle, is one of the few who’s been trying to give beef a go.

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.


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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