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In the summertime, there are two kinds of people: those who hide inside and those who march themselves outside to eat, drink, and cook.

No one can blame the insiders. But this piece is dedicated to the intrepid souls who brave the bugs and risk a blistering sunburn to make summer meals outdoors.

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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.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Huntersville’s education advisory committee recommends a split from CMS. Vice President Mike Pence pays a visit for an RNC Kickoff Meeting as next year’s national convention approaches. The South Carolina House and Senate have approved $120 million in tax breaks to lure the Panthers south, and start your engines, the Coca-Cola 600 is here.  

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In Statesville – there’s a big flap brewing over a big flag. The city has sued “Camping World” because its American flag is deemed too big. The city passed an ordinance designed, in part, to prevent displays of big Confederate flags. But the prohibition also includes any big flag. That has angered the company’s CEO and others who say that’s un-American and unpatriotic – especially just before Memorial Day.

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Race Week at Charlotte Motor Speedway culminates with the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday. Meanwhile the streets of uptown will be filling up over the next few days for the 25th anniversary of the Speed Street Festival. Q City Metro Managing Editor Katrina Louis joined WFAE's Mark Rumsey to discuss this and some other weekend offerings in entertainment and the arts.

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The Charlotte City Council on Thursday rejected a proposal by Democratic council member Braxton Winston to increase the compensation of council members.

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An estimated 56,000 state employees will now be able to take paid parental leave. Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order Thursday granting eight weeks of paid leave to state employees who give birth and four weeks to other parents taking care of a newborn, adopted or foster child.

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Charlotte saw one of the largest population increases in the country from 2017 to 2018, according to new Census figures out Thursday. The U.S. Census Bureau says Charlotte’s population increased by 13,151 from July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018. That brought the population of Charlotte to 872,498.  

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Twenty-one states extend in-state tuition to either undocumented immigrants or beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Legislation proposed by state Democrats would make North Carolina the 22nd state to offer that tuition rate, but Republican support is an unlikely prospect.

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Updated: 2:30 p.m.

One firefighter was injured while battling a large fire Thursday at a business in Kannapolis. WSOC-TV reports the firefighter was working toward the back of the building when the ceiling partially collapsed on him. The firefighter's identity has not yet been released and his condition remains unknown.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

The blessing and curse of plastic. A boon to us, but a major hazard for wildlife and nature requiring a global solution. We hear more.

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In the wake of the deadly shooting on UNC Charlotte’s campus last month, people did what they so often do — create memorials for those lost to the violence. Candles, flowers, handwritten letters, and posters with the names of the victims packed the steps leading up to the Kennedy building, outside where the shooting occurred. 

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It's about that time of year again. Charlotte's maples and oaks have fully unfurled their leaves for the summertime, the humidity in the air has been steadily rising, and Memorial Day weekend is already upon us. That means it's time for the city to celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer with all things NASCAR at uptown Charlotte's Circle K Speed Street Festival.

The Republican National Convention will utilize the Spectrum Center in uptown Charlotte.
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The local host committee for the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte announced Wednesday that Louis Dejoy will lead its fundraising efforts.

The ParkScore map for Mecklenburg County identified suggested sites (blue dots) for the next new parks.  Red and orange areas have "very high" and "high" need for parks.
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Charlotte and Mecklenburg County moved up one place from last year in an annual study that ranks cities on spending and access to public parks. But the region still ranks 96th out of the 100 largest U.S. cities in the 2019 ParkScore Index.

The annual ranking compiled by the Trust for Public Land looks at the percentage of residents who live near a park, total acreage, park amenities and total investment.

Poultry, Pork Operations Aplenty In NC, But Where’s The Beef?

May 22, 2019
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Drive around North Carolina, and you won’t have any trouble finding a big farm. But if you’re looking for beef cattle, that’s a different story. As part of WFAE’s collaboration with Our State magazine, Jeremy Markovich went up to talk to a farmer who, with 3,000 head of cattle, is one of the few who’s been trying to give beef a go.

Photo courtesy of Dayton and Ezekiel Self.

WFAE recently highlighted several podcasts in Charlotte as part of our Queen City Podquest competition. It’s made us more aware of a lot that’s going in the local podcast world. For example, the "Bruh vs. Bro" podcast produced by young brothers Dayton and Ezekiel Self. Dayton is 10. Ezekiel, or EZ, is 12.  

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Republican lawmakers want to expand eligibility for North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program. Under the voucher program, the state pays private schools up to $4,200 a year on behalf of each low-income student.

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"Politically driven" is how Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board member Elyse Dashew described a Huntersville education advisory commission’s recommendation that the town operate its own charter school and split from CMS.

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In an interview on WFAE's Morning Edition last week, Democrat Dan McCready said his opponent in the 9th Congressional District, Republican Dan Bishop, is a "career politician."

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