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There was a sad but inevitable announcement last week: The Charlotte Observer is eliminating one of its days in print.

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Updated Sunday 5:35pm 

A woman was shot and killed early this morning at a party in a business park in north Charlotte. She’s been identified as 27-year-old Ebony Tamia Harrison. Police have charged 23-year-old Corey Lamar Vega with her murder.  

Big Study Casts Doubt On Need For Many Heart Procedures

Nov 16, 2019
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PHILADELPHIA  — People with severe but stable heart disease from clogged arteries may have less chest pain if they get a procedure to improve blood flow rather than just giving medicines a chance to help, but it won't cut their risk of having a heart attack or dying over the following few years, a big federally funded study found.

Ruijuan Guo
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A fourth person has been charged in the 2016 South End robbery and murder of teacher Ruijuan Guo, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said Saturday.

North Carolina Lawmakers Redraw State’s Congressional Map

Nov 15, 2019
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North Carolina General Assembly

RALEIGH — A replacement map for North Carolina’s congressional districts was finalized Friday, with its lines redrawn to address alleged extreme partisan bias and endangering reelection prospects for two Republicans next year.

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On Saturday, more than 6,000 runners will hit the streets of Charlotte for the Charlotte Marathon and all the running events associated with it. It marks the first time in its 14-year history that the marathon has sold out.

And this is just the beginning, according to race director Tim Rhodes.

CHARLOTTE MECKLENBURG SCHOOLS

John LeGrand is leaving Butler High School in Matthews after five years as principal, moving into a job overseeing 29 schools in center city Charlotte.

Phil Van Every and Dwight D. Eisenhower
Phil Van Every Foundation

Former Charlotte mayor and businessman Phil Van Every will be the latest statue erected as part of the Trail of History’s memorialization of individuals who shaped and defined Charlotte.

 

Teachers at Oaklawn Language Academy near uptown Charlotte protest before school Wednesday morning
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' 9,000 teachers will get raises averaging 3%, based on a Friday school board vote that taps state money for experience-based hikes and county money to boost the local supplement.

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CONWAY, S.C.  — Genealogy websites and a cheek swab enabled U.S. Marshals to arrest a man suspected of being the “Potomac River Rapist,” who terrorized the nation’s capital in the 1990s.

News outlets report 60-year-old Giles Daniel Warrick is now awaiting extradition from Horry County, South Carolina. He’s accused of raping 10 women and killing one of them between 1991 and 1998 in Washington, D.C. and its surrounding suburbs.

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North Carolina General Assembly

 

The North Carolina House on Thursday approved a new Congressional map, two weeks after a three-judge panel said the state’s current map couldn’t be used in the upcoming 2020 elections.

Under the current map, the Republicans control 10 of 13 seats. The new map appears to give Democrats the inside track on picking up two more seats, making it an 8-to-5 map. Joining Lisa Worf to talk about the new map is WFAE’s political reporter, Steve Harrison.

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People who like to peruse maps and learn about local food resources will soon have a powerful new tool to do both. The Charlotte region’s first-ever, interactive map of our food system is under construction and slated to roll out in 2020.

But what exactly is a “food system” – and why do we need a map for it?

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Police officers, first responders and public school teachers will soon be eligible for home buying assistance in Mecklenburg County.

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Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

Programming note: The Local News Roundup was preempted by impeachment proceedings and will air on Monday at 9am.

Impeachment hearings begin as 9th District Congressman Dan Bishop publishes what he believes to be the identity of the whistleblower. And, good news for Charlotte’s bid for Major League Soccer. That and more on the Local News Roundup.

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One person was killed and another injured in an officer-involved shooting early Friday morning at the Epicenter in uptown Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said. 

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is preparing to drop its required graduation project after state lawmakers mandated that they pay up to $75 reimbursement for low-income students.

The change was part of a bill that passed this summer to reduce standardized testing.

Teen SC School Shooter Gets Life For Killing 1st Grader

Nov 14, 2019
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A school shooter who was 14 when he killed a first grader on a school playground in South Carolina was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole.

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The price of insulin has risen about 300% in the last decade, prompting some who suffer from diabetes to ration their doses. Community organizers at a Thursday news conference at Mecklenburg County Health Department called on state and federal lawmakers to regulate the cost of insulin.

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Anthony Hamilton

Dance tributes, a pop-up art show, glass blowing, a book signing with Charlotte's own Anthony Hamilton and more is on the agenda for this edition of Weekend In Entertainment. Joining Gwendolyn Glenn is Matt Olin, co-founder of Charlotte Is Creative.

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Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Charlotte Douglas International Airport will unveil a $39 million expansion to the East Terminal on Friday that includes concessions stands featuring Shake Shack and Wicked Weed Brewing.

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