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Maybe you’ve spotted a coyote trotting through your backyard in Dilworth. Or down an alley in uptown, or across a driveway in Plaza Midwood. Or maybe someone on Nextdoor.com has posted a night-vision photo of a coyote on their patio and caused the entire neighborhood to descend into a tizzy about a dangerous predator on the prowl.

Falyn Owens, an extension wildlife biologist for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, wants you to know that you probably don’t need to worry too much.

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Mecklenburg County Commissioner Susan Harden, a Democrat who was elected last year as part of a local Blue Wave election, said Wednesday she will not run for reelection in 2020.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will soon have a new Office of Compliance and Transparency — even though district officials don’t yet know the cost of the office and can’t describe exactly how it will operate.

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board voted unanimously Tuesday to promote Deputy General Counsel André Mayes to the district's top legal job.

When author Kevin Wilson talks about combustibles, he means exactly what he says. His new novel, “Nothing To See Here,” features a set of twins who, when they get agitated, literally catch on fire.

New lines would expand the Lynx system north and west of Charlotte. CATS plans meetings on how to link new lines with existing ones, including the Lynx Blue Line (photo).
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The Charlotte City Council voted 8-2 Tuesday night to approve a $50 million contract to design the Silver Line – a 26-mile light rail project from Matthews to Belmont. 

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The touring production of "Once On This Island" opened Tuesday night at the Belk Theater and runs through Nov. 17. The show opened on Broadway in 1990 and closed after a year, but it was revived in 2017 and won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

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President Donald Trump and many Republicans have said that the whistleblower who launched the Democrats' impeachment inquiry should be revealed – and forced to testify.

Newly elected Republican Congressman Dan Bishop of Charlotte has gone a step further – naming the person whom he believes is the whistleblower. 

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More than 400 members of the media came to the Spectrum Center on Tuesday for a walkthrough for the 2020 Republican National Convention.

The Spectrum Center will host the RNC in August, just as the arena hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

But there will be some differences this time.

Jail Inmates Sue Over North Carolina County's Bail System

Nov 12, 2019
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RALEIGH — A group of North Carolina jail inmates filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a county's cash bail requirements, saying the system unfairly jails the poor while letting people with money go home.

Map shows concentrations of hexavalent chromium in North Carolina, and where concentrations exceed the state standard of 0.07 micrograms per liter. Red areas are where it's likely to be in the highest concentration.
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A Duke University scientist says new data shows dangerous levels of a cancer-causing heavy metal occur naturally across North Carolina, and can be a concern in drinking water wells.

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NEW YORK — Disney's brand-new streaming service Disney Plus may be a victim of its own success.

The $7-a-month service offering an array of Disney classics and new shows suffered some technical difficulties hours after launching at 3 a.m. E.T. on Tuesday.

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Novant Health is asking state regulators to approve a $29.4 million expansion of its Matthews Medical Center in a project that includes spending $2.2 million to add an operating room and $27.2 million to add 20 beds. 

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The owner of a small, private Charlotte school was sentenced to 18 months in prison Tuesday for her part in a scheme that falsely enrolled foreign teens who were sought by basketball recruiters and coaches.

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CONCORD, N.H. — Mark Sanford dropped his challenge to President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, saying the focus on impeachment has made it impossible for his campaign to gain traction.

North Carolina Superintendent of Education Mark Johnson speaking in Charlotte, February 8, 2018.
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RALEIGH — North Carolina's state schools superintendent has decided he'll run for lieutenant governor next year, instead of seeking reelection.

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The Charlotte region will get an early taste of winter Tuesday.

Cycling enthusiast Stephanie Bercht stands in front of the Uptown Cycle Track at the intersection of East Sixth and North Davidson streets.
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Cyclists would love to not worry about being hit by vehicles. And drivers would love to not worry about hitting cyclists. Charlotte planners believe a protected bike lane project will make everyone happier and safer on uptown's roads.

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According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 6,000 veterans committed suicide last year. Close to 200 occurred in North Carolina.

Memorial Wall at UNC Charlotte's New Veterans Park
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UNC Charlotte unveiled a new park dedicated to veterans on its campus Monday. The idea came from a UNC Charlotte alumnus who is a veteran.

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