NC politics, purple lights, COVID-19 news are among the top-read WFAE stories of 2021
In the year following the 2020 election, the news didn’t show any signs of slowing down. Among WFAE’s readers, some of the most-read stories centered around politics and the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are those stories.
“Let’s go, Brandon!” became a common phrase among conservatives this past year following an NBC reporter’s misunderstanding of what NASCAR fans were chanting. This came after Mooresville’s Brandon Brown won first place at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Read more about just how widespread the phrase became.
This past year several Charlotteans noticed their streetlights turning from white or orange to purple. WFAE’s FAQ City podcast set out to debunk some myths about the purple lights and what was causing them to change.
Republican Sen. Richard Burr is retiring which has led to a wide-open race in 2022. Campaigns from Republicans, Democrats and Independents began popping up almost as soon as the 2020 election results were finalized.
A house atop a long-forgotten gold mine shaft was demolished after the homeowner discovered a massive hole in her crawlspace in an apparent shaft collapse. With no help from her homeowners' insurance, the near uptown Charlotte needed to be replaced starting with the foundation.
As the delta variant of the coronavirus led to a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, Charlotte and Mecklenburg County reinstated a mask mandate to curb local transmission.
Part 4 of WFAE’s health care series The Price We Pay took a look at why hospital bills are so high and what some employers are doing to curb those high costs.
WFAE reporters looked into the impacts of obesity among those fighting COVID-19. Obesity was listed as a risk factor in 34% of COVID-19 deaths for patients under 65. The reporters also found many health officials were not speaking about this issue.
Part 1 in WFAE’s health care series The Price We Pay looked at why Americans spend more than any other wealthy country on health care yet have much poorer outcomes.
A state requirement for teachers can lead them to spending roughly 160 hours of added work over two years. That equates to an extra two hours of work each week of the school year. Here’s how teachers, already strained by the ups and downs of teaching through the pandemic, are responding to the requirement.
Next month will mark one year since the U.S. Capitol insurrection that was led by pro-Trump extremists to halt the certification of the free and fair 2020 election that led to the election of Joe Biden. At least seven people from North Carolina were arrested.