North Carolina prison authorities must stop denying expensive medicines to most of the inmates believed to be carriers of the potentially deadly blood-borne infection hepatitis C, a federal judge ruled this week.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a North Carolina gerrymandering case that could determine how far state legislatures can draw maps to maximize one political party’s advantage over another.

Scooters lined up on South Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte Wednesday.
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It has been 10 months since electric scooters appeared on Charlotte streets. Since then, city officials have been trying to figure out how to manage things like parking and safety. This week, the city began a six-month pilot project using small electronic payments that it hopes will help.

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Watch out Nashville and Atlanta - Joni Deutsch (@AChangeOfTune), DJ at member station WFAE and host of the podcast "Amplifier," says the Charlotte music scene is up and coming. We listen to five of Deutsch's diverse picks. 

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Rather than fade into the background after his 2017 firing, former FBI director James Comey has become a highly-visible critic of President Trump and what Comey views as the president's attack on values. Ahead of a visit to Charlotte, Mike Collins talks with Comey about his outspoken views on the Trump presidency and more.

This program originally aired Feb. 27.

For this weekly fact check of North Carolina politics, we're returning to the 9th Congressional District and the upcoming special election there.

Animir Roberts
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police have charged Animir Roberts, 22, with Indecent Liberties with a Child and First Degree Kidnapping. 

According to CMPD, a 12-year-old boy waved down an officer Saturday evening. The boy told the officer that while walking on a wooded trail along Tuckaseegee Road, he was approached by a man who tried to force him deeper into the woods and then touched him inappropriately.

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Former 9th District Congressman Robert Pittenger sent an email to supporters Tuesday where he endorsed Matthew Ridenhour in the upcoming special election — and also criticized State Sen. Dan Bishop, saying the Republican was "clearly aware" of Bladen County political operative McCrae Dowless' "fraudulent activities."

The North Carolina Court of Appeals building.

The North Carolina Court of Appeals has overturned a man's felony stalking convictions, finding his social media posts are protected under the First Amendment.

A site plan shows the layout of apartments proposed on Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church's site.
City of Charlotte

A church in north Charlotte's Hidden Valley neighborhood wants to sell some of its land for affordable housing. Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church on West Sugar Creek Road is asking the city to rezone about 4 1/2 acres for the project.

Continuum cable truck

Updated 10:19 a.m.

The towns of Mooresville and Davidson say they’re planning to sell their money-losing cable TV and internet system, called Continuum. The two towns say they’ve hired investment bank RBC Capital Markets to seek a buyer.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Last week, the Department of Justice charged 50 people in schemes to pay for positions for their children at top universities across the country. It was called the, “largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted,” but it doesn’t paint the whole picture. 

Police have charged a 24-year-old man with murder in the death of a carjacking suspect who was shot in uptown Charlotte early Saturday. 

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It’s been a little over a week since the Rayquan Borum trial concluded. After an extensive four-week trial, the jury found Borum guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Justin Carr.

One of the jurors, Shaun Pickford, reached out to WFAE’s Sarah Delia to discuss the trial after its conclusion.

The fire damaged condos at The Admiral's Quarters, off West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius.
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Fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused a fire early Monday that damaged several apartments at a condominium complex on Lake Norman in Cornelius.

Nobody was hurt, but eight adults, three children and several dogs and cats were displaced by the fire.

Marc Lamont Hill

Monday, March 18, 2019

Mike Collins sits down with political commentator, author Marc Lamont Hill to talk about the subjects of police violence, the reasons for it and how to reduce the incidences of it. 

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Third-grader Naveah Taylor bounds out of Reid Park elementary school in a pink jacket and backpack. Her favorite subject is math.

“I learned about adding fractions,” she said. “You only can add the numerator but not the denominator.”

I remember a time when Thom Tillis did something courageous.

Media outlets across the state had started doing stories about a shameful part of North Carolina history. From 1929 through 1974, the state had forcibly sterilized some 7,600 men and women who had been classified as mentally ill, promiscuous, epileptic or just “feebleminded.”


The ballot is set for a new election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. The race includes a crowded field of candidates in the Republican primary, which will be held just over eight weeks from now.

Zion Williamson proved he's back and healthy with a dominating three-game show at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. And that has fifth-ranked Duke celebrating yet another championship in its already-record haul.