North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper provides an update on the state's response to Michael Thursday morning.

Cooper Says Michael Is An 'Unwelcome Insult To Injury'

Updated: 10: 55 a.m. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says the state has been spared the worst of Hurricane Michael, which was downgraded to a tropical storm this morning. However, the governor says the storm is still a threat.

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Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham remains combative in his defense of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The first round of Hurricane Florence relief is approved in Raleigh. Another sign of a new era at the Panthers with the signing of Eric Reid. Mike Collins and a reporters roundtable recap the week's top stories.

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The Latest on the shooting of seven South Carolina law enforcement officers (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

The sheriff in charge of the investigation into a shooting that killed one police officer and wounded six others in South Carolina says his deputies haven't finished processing the massive crime scene in an upscale neighborhood.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Thursday that until the work is finished, he can't know how many weapons were used or shots were fired.

FBI special agents spoke with nine people as they investigated allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the White House said on Thursday.

Administration officials declined to detail who had spoken with investigators, but some of the people involved, or their lawyers, have talked on their own about whether or not they have given interviews to the FBI.

Updated at 10:12 p.m. ET

Judge Brett Kavanaugh issued a mea culpa of sorts on the eve of a key Senate vote that could determine whether or not he reaches the Supreme Court, admitting in an op-ed that his testimony last week forcefully defending himself from sexual assault allegations "might have been too emotional at times."

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Jay Mathews joins Charlotte Talks.  He created America’s Most Challenging High Schools Index and, at WFAE’s request, has zeroed in on Charlotte’s high schools.  We find out how we fared and, because so many of the schools that comprise the index push advanced placement classes, we also hear from former CMS Superintendent Eric Smith who made increasing AP participation a major thrust of his time at the helm of Charlotte’s schools. 

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After three days of deliberation, the jury in the rape trial of Kevin Olsen came to a verdict: Not guilty. Olsen, the former UNC Charlotte quarterback and brother of Carolina Panthers player Greg Olsen, had been charged with three counts of second degree rape and one count of sexual offense of his then-girlfriend in February 2017.

An AP Statistics class at East Mecklenburg High School.
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This year, 19 of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ 31 high schools made the Challenge Index list, which ranks schools based on participation in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge programs. The index is calculated by taking the number of exams given for any of the three programs and then dividing that number by the number of graduating seniors from the same school. 

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In the race for state Senate District 41, Republican incumbent Jeff Tarte and Democrat Natasha Marcus are trying to out-do each other’s opposition to the Interstate 77 toll lanes.


The list for America’s Most Challenging High Schools began in 1998 as a way to dramatize a deep, unreported flaw I had discovered in the way high schools treat average students.


Twenty years ago, at a critical moment in the history of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, data analyst Mike Huggins wheeled a cart stacked with computer printouts into the office of newly-arrived district superintendent Eric J. Smith.


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