When Carol Folt gave her first big speech as head of North Carolina's flagship public university, she praised lawyer Julius Chambers, who battled segregationists in court, and she lauded legendary basketball coach Dean Smith's civil rights advocacy. The Tar Heel titans "worked across differences for the common good," she said in 2013.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

The city of Charlotte has been planning on a 26-mile trail for the last six years, but last week the city announced that the current amount of funding is $77 million short of finishing the project. How did the city miscalculate by so much? Where does the project stand now? And, why does it matter?

Steve Harrison

The Charlotte area’s first toll road – the Monroe Expressway – opened in November.

The $800 million highway allows for much faster travel times through Union County. But the number of vehicles using the expressway in its first month is off pace to make the state’s first-year traffic projection.

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Updated 10:20 p.m.

Activists are condemning Immigration and Customs Enforcement after witnesses say at least two individuals were arrested by ICE agents at the Mecklenburg County courthouse Wednesday. It's the second time ICE agents have reportedly made arrests inside the courthouse in the past year.

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Updated: Thursday at 12:20 p.m.

A man was shot and killed by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Wednesday afternoon in west Charlotte. CMPD says the victim, Michael Daniel Kelley, matched the description of a suspect from two armed robberies earlier that afternoon. 

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After more than two years under a controversial video-only visitation policy, in-person visitations have been fully restored at the Mecklenburg County jail.

The old Philip Morris cigarette plant covers 500 acres of the 2,000 acre site.  It will be torn down starting within a month.
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The owners of the former Philip Morris plant in Concord have decided to demolish the old plant in hopes of attracting developers to the 2,000-acre site. 

Duke Energy's Marshall Plant on Lake Norman has about 32 million tons of coal ash stored on site.
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The state Department of Environmental Quality has begun public meetings to discuss how coal ash should be cleaned up at six Duke Energy sites around the state. They include plants on Lake Norman and Lake Wylie.

Gastonia Fire Department

Officials say a working smoke alarm helped saved three children found alone at a Gastonia home that caught fire Wednesday.


The number of car thefts around Charlotte is on the rise. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says last year saw a 12 percent increase in motor vehicle thefts, with the largest increase happening in south Charlotte.

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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster wants to send taxpayers a $200 million rebate, raise teacher salaries by 5 percent and make sure a police officer is present in every school in the state thanks to an unexpected windfall of about $1 billion. 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2018

Market experts analyze a market on edge because of intense volatility.  What does all this mean?  Where are investments and your 401k headed?  What should you be doing?

File: Bank of America Headquarters
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Bank of America is reporting that its fourth-quarter profits rose by 39 percent on an adjusted basis, helped by last year's steady rise in interest rates as well as a lower tax rate.

The Panthers are preparing for life without Cam Newton next season in case the team's franchise quarterback can't make it back from a lingering shoulder injury.

Panthers owner David Tepper said Tuesday that while the team is exhausting all options to make sure Newton's throwing shoulder gets the medical attention he needs this offseason, it is important to "keep their options open."

Republican Mark Harris defeated Democrat Dan McCready in North Carolina's 9th congressional district.
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The North Carolina Republican Party held a news conference Tuesday, where they accused the former Democratic chairman of the N.C. Board of Elections of "potential collusion" with a Democrat in Bladen County.