Riley Howell

Slain UNC Charlotte Student Gets Purple Heart, Bronze Star

A UNC Charlotte student who was killed when he tackled a gunman who opened fire inside a classroom has been posthumously awarded military honors. Twenty-one-year-old Army ROTC cadet Riley Howell was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

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UNCC Deadly Shooting: Share Your Thoughts

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A federal prosecutor suggested a suspended sheriff in South Carolina has tried to intimidate former deputies from cooperating with investigators that continue to look into corruption charges.

Approved Financial

North Carolina's attorney general has been granted a temporary restraining order to prevent a Florida-based payday lender from doing business in the state.

Dressbarn, the women's clothing chain founded in the 1960s as a place where women in need of career-wear "could find fashion at a value," is closing all its stores.

Ascena Retail Group announced the closure of about 650 stores late Monday, saying the "wind-down" would help the company focus on its more profitable brands.

Continuum CEO David Auger explained network improvements in 2015. He died May 17.
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The chief executive of the community-owned cable and internet system in the Lake Norman area has passed away. David Auger died Friday, May 17.


Jim Burch was the first black man to officiate a basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but one of the men he taught to follow in his footsteps said Burch didn't make much out of the achievement.

"Everybody else talked about that. He just shared his story and his journey," ACC referee Jamie Luckie said in an interview on Monday. "He talked about sitting in the colored section of Reynolds Coliseum watching games, telling his friends that he was going to be on that court someday. They said he was crazy, and sure enough, he was on that court one day. But he never talked about himself being a pioneer."

City of Concord. NC

Editor's note: A version of this story was originally published in June 2018.

Does it seem like something's missing around Charlotte? Something small, green, or brown? Listener Hope Nicholls thinks so. She wrote in to FAQ City wondering about what seemed to be a total absence of cankerworms this spring.

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Members of a special education committee in Huntersville recommend that town officials move forward with operating their own charter school. 

Charlotte Talks: Breaking Down The Electoral College

May 20, 2019
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Some states are rebelling against the Electoral College, and some 2020 Democratic candidates say it should be scrapped? A look at the pros and cons of this way of picking a president.

U.S. National Guard

Administrative mistakes and a lack of expertise caused delays in North Carolina's spending of federal funds for Hurricane Matthew recovery, according to a report released Monday from the General Assembly's government watchdog agency.

Carolina Panthers' Bank of America Stadium
Carolina Panthers

South Carolina is getting ready to offer the Carolina Panthers around $120 million in tax breaks to move practice fields and the team's headquarters to the state from North Carolina.


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