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Report Shows NC Ranks Low On Well-Being Of Children

The latest annual Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Book report ranks North Carolina as 33 rd in the nation in terms of the well-being of its 2.3 million children. The report does show some improvements for the state but many of the findings are bleak.

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Deah Barakat, has wife Yusor Abu-Salah and her sister Razan.
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DURHAM — Moments after a North Carolina man pleaded guilty to gunning down three Muslim university students, a prosecutor played a cellphone video of the slayings in court Wednesday as one of the victims' relatives fainted, others wept and a man cursed the confessed killer openly.

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The fate of Charlotte’s historic Excelsior Club remains uncertain. A one-year moratorium on demolishing the building expired on Wednesday, June 12. The Excelsior opened in 1944 and became of hub of African-American social and civic life in Charlotte – and hosted the likes of Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, and James Brown.

Incoming Mecklenburg County Sheriff Gary McFadden.
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Some North Carolina sheriffs, including Mecklenburg County’s, are opposing HB 370, a bill that would require them to cooperate more with federal immigration agents. The proposed legislation would also double the time to 96 hours that those arrested for other crimes and suspected of being in the country illegally, can be held in jail. Noncompliance could result in a sheriff being removed from office.

Bill That Includes Landfill Cleanup Clears Senate

Jun 12, 2019
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The state Senate passed a regulatory reform bill tackling issues from landfill cleanup to water fountain requirements. The vote took place with little fanfare, but the smooth passage came only after the most controversial portion of the bill was dropped.

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Gander Outdoors

Statesville is moving ahead with changing its flag size restriction following a fight over the size of an American flag off Interstate 77.

The city’s planning board has unanimously approved a recommendation to increase the maximum size of flags to 40-by-80 feet. That’s the size of an American flag at the Gander RV in Statesville. The city recently sued Gander RV’s parent company, Camping World, for violating its flag restriction ordinance. Statesville was seeking a fine of $50 a day going back to October.

An immigration judge in Charlotte is ordering for the removal of a Salvadorian woman in Western North Carolina who fled gang violence in her home country.

Deah Barakat, has wife Yusor Abu-Salah and her sister Razan.
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DURHAM — The North Carolina man charged with killing three much-admired Muslim university students has pleaded guilty four years after the slayings.

Last week a judge overturned Mark Carver’s 2011 first degree murder conviction for the death of a UNC Charlotte student. On Tuesday Carver was transferred and released from the Gaston County jailhouse. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Our humble beginnings. Charlotte Town was born 250 years ago this year, which makes us older than the US. Historians help us look back on our history.

This show originally aired December 3, 2018.

Garland Tucker
Garland Tucker Campaign

It’s our weekly check of North Carolina politics. This week we’re looking at next year’s race for U.S. Senate. Retired Raleigh businessman Garland Tucker is challenging incumbent Senator Thom Tillis in the Republican primary.  Appearing on the Sean Hannity Show last month, Tucker made this accusation about Tillis:

"He cosponsored a bill that not only provided amnesty, but provided a clear path to citizenship for illegal immigrants which I think is totally the wrong thing to do."

To see if that’s true or false we now turn to Elizabeth Thompson of the Raleigh News and Observer.


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