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The Trump administration has said a recent executive order banning offshore drilling that included North Carolina has no legal effect on current applications to survey for offshore oil and gas.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Police in South Carolina spotted a truck surrounded by protesters over the weekend and discovered two men inside with loaded handguns, a rifle, a wooden club, knives and a stun gun, among other weapons.

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Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

Tuesday's first debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is anticipated to be one of the most-watched of all time. But with five weeks to go before Election Day, and absentee voting already underway in North Carolina and elsewhere, will the debates affect the race?

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RALEIGH — President Donald Trump's campaign committee and the Republican National Committee sued Saturday to block North Carolina election officials from enforcing rule changes that could boost the number of ballots counted in the presidential battleground state.

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Charlotte voters are being asked to approve another $50 million in bonds for affordable housing this fall. Those public investments have gotten most of the attention as the city tackles the affordable housing crisis. But Charlotte’s private sector is spending millions of dollars alongside the city to try and reduce the region’s affordable housing shortage.

If you live in North Carolina, and you have not received a flyer, email, text message or robocall about the November election, congratulations – you’re officially entered in the Witness Protection Program.

Early Vote Shows Signs Of Black Voters' Shift To Mail Voting

Sep 26, 2020
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RALEIGH — Shirley Dixon-Mosley had never sent a ballot through the mail. She always treasured casting her ballot in person. But for November's election, she voted early and by mail because she didn't want to take any chances.

Artists complete the base paint layers for the "Black Lives Matter" mural on Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte.
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In the first half of 2020, COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement impacted Black-owned businesses across North Carolina. But months have passed and it's autumn, now. How are those same businesses faring after everything that's happened this year?

Requests For Mail-In Ballots Up Dramatically In Mecklenburg County

Sep 25, 2020
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The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections had received more than 128,000 requests for mail-in ballots by Tuesday – and new requests are pouring in at a rate of 3,000 to 4,000 a day. It's one of the many ways that the coronavirus pandemic is changing the 2020 general election.

Right of way for the Colonial Pipeline, near the Pavilion Estates Neighborhood. The leak occured approximately 5,000 feet in this direction from the neighborhood.
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North Carolina’s environmental regulator has cited Colonial Pipeline for its pipeline leak, which released nearly 273,000 gallons of gasoline into the soil in Huntersville in August.

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The Mecklenburg County Health Department says the county has seen its first cluster of COVID-19 cases in a K-12 school.

Voters Struggling With Witness Rules In Early Voting

Sep 25, 2020
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RALEIGH — As the pandemic prompts a surge in voting by mail, voters in a handful of states, including the presidential battlegrounds of North Carolina and Wisconsin, are facing a requirement that already is tripping up thousands — the need to have a witness sign their ballot envelope.

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North Carolina voters have now requested just over 1 million absentee ballots and have returned around 200,000 of them. In the midst of all this, the state Board of Elections has approved some potential rule changes for absentee ballots as part of a legal settlement. And the two Republicans on the state Board of Elections have resigned over them.

Trump Promotes Health Care 'Vision' In Charlotte, But Gaps Remain

Sep 24, 2020
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CHARLOTTE — More than three-and-a-half years into his presidency and 40 days from an election, President Donald Trump on Thursday launched what aides termed a “vision” for health care heavy on unfulfilled aspirations.

Appeals Court: Witness Signature Required On SC Mail Ballots

Sep 24, 2020
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A federal court on Thursday reinstated a requirement that South Carolinians voting by mail in this year's general election must obtain a witness signature for their ballots.

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Since Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death Sept. 18, politicians, family members and fans of the renowned legal mind have been flocking to Washington, D.C., to pay their respects to the jurist. And that includes a Charlotte mother-and-daughter pair.

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The resignations of the two GOP members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections on Wednesday night has touched off a firestorm of accusations by both Republicans and Democrats, who say the other party is trying undermine the election. 

Since March, homeless residents have camped at 12th and College streets just east of uptown.
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Despite years of public and private efforts, the number of affordable housing units is continuing to decline in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, even as the need grows. That's among the themes in Mecklenburg County's annual State of Housing Instability and Homelessness Report. The report also notes an increase in homelessness and says the COVID-19 pandemic is making things worse.

Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

Mecklenburg County Health Director Gibbie Harris was anticipating a Labor Day spike in COVID-19 cases. Instead, they continue to drop. In more good news, Gov. Roy Cooper announces large venues can open, but only at 7% capacity.  And U.S. Senate candidates Thom Tillis and Cal Cunningham clash over how and when to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  

In NC, Black Voters' Mail-In Ballots More Likely to Be Rejected Than Those From Any Other Race

Sep 24, 2020
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RALEIGH — Sandra Cosby is no stranger to the election process — or to voting by mail.

In recent years, she’s cast her ballot by mail days before the election. Then, on Election Day, she takes a break from her purchasing job with the school system to help out as a Wake County poll worker, guiding voters at precincts.

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North Carolina has become a sanctuary state for child predators. 

That’s the message from Buncombe County’s register of deeds. He’s drawing attention to the state’s high rates of child marriage, in hopes that lawmakers will raise the age of marriage from 14, in some cases, to the adult age of 18. 

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Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

North Carolina's unemployment rate at 6.5% is almost half of what it was in April. Data shows Charlotteans are eating at restaurants more often. And the health care industry appears to have stabilized. But progress is slow.

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The two Republican members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections resigned in protest Wednesday night, with one member writing that he felt misled about recent changes to absentee mail ballots the board approved.

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Charlotte's hospitals are returning to normal. Atrium Health and Novant Health both say they're now seeing the same number of patients they were before the pandemic began. It's a big switch from this spring when the hospital systems overhauled their operations and postponed non-emergency surgeries. For more, we turn to Tony Mecia of the Charlotte Ledger Business Newsletter for our segment, BizWorthy.

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Thursday night is a big night for Charlotte's theater scene. A live show will open to an in-person audience for the first time since March, though the experience will be different for both the actors and audience.

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Health care is one of the most important issues in this year’s U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Thom Tillis and Democrat Cal Cunningham. And in Tuesday night's debate, Tillis again made this allegation:   

“Cal’s promising Medicare for All, which will be Medicare for None,” he said.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden made his first campaign appearance in North Carolina Wednesday since the primaries when he spoke in Charlotte at Camp North End in what his team said was a Black Economic Summit.

Biden talked about ways for African Americans to grow their household wealth.

He touched on expansion of the Affordable Care Act, increasing homeownership and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

South Carolina Teachers Stay Home To Advocate For Pay, Safety

Sep 23, 2020
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Some South Carolina teachers took a personal day Wednesday to fight for safer classrooms amid the pandemic as well as an annual small raise that was frozen after the economy crashed because of the virus.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said an early tip helped them track down a suspect in the shooting of two children at an east Charlotte apartment complex Monday, as they stressed the importance of community help in solving cases.

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NEW YORK — Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf apologized Wednesday for comments he made about the difficulty of finding qualified Black executives.

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