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Charlotte Mecklenburg police are investigating a homicide Thursday night in north Charlotte that apparently followed an argument between two women. 

Pancakes
Pixabay

Picture this: You’ve just finished an excellent meal at a great restaurant. You say to the person next to you, “Wouldn’t it be amazing to have this chef cook for us at home every night?” You imagine succulent crab cakes and truffle risotto. Thick, juicy rib-eyes and duck confit.

The reality? You’d probably get chicken, pizza, grilled cheese – and even leftovers. 

ANN DOSS HELMS / WFAE

Last year four suburban towns and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools were locked in a ferocious clash. Today it’s more like a wary truce. 

When the district's Municipal Education Advisory Committee met to talk about school safety Thursday morning, it was almost hard to recall the drama of 2018.

Catawba Nuclear Station, on Lake Wylie.
Duke Energy

Duke Energy says it wants to renew the licenses of its North and South Carolina nuclear plants for another 20 years. Licenses for the 11 reactors at six sites run out in the 2030s, and the utility says it will ask the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for extensions. 

WSOC-TV

The man charged with killing two UNC Charlotte students and wounding four others in a classroom shooting earlier this year pleaded guilty to the crimes Thursday afternoon.

LinkedIn/Greg Lindberg

Attorneys for Greg Lindberg, the North Carolina businessman accused of attempting to bribe the state's insurance commissioner, are asking a court to dismiss his charges, saying his actions fall short of meeting the bribery and fraud threshold.

Orchestra Noir
Orchestra Noir

Orchestra Noir, the renowned all African American orchestra, is performing live on Friday at the McGlohon Theater. They're bringing their show “90s Vibe: The Best of Hip Hop and R&B" to the Queen City. There's also the 55th annual Festival in the Park on tap this weekend.

A new 8,000-square foot replica of 18th century Fort Dobbs will open this weekend.
N.C. DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES

For years, guides at the Fort Dobbs historic site in Statesville have tried to tell the fort's story without an actual fort. This weekend, a replica of the 18th century structure opens to the public, after three years of construction and an even longer campaign of preservation and fundraising.

ANN DOSS HELMS / WFAE

Jarod Brown loves the sunlight streaming into his new automotive technology classroom at North Mecklenburg High. But even with the natural light he insisted on when Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools designed the building, you can tell his students can’t wait to get away from their desks and into the shop.

GOOGLE MAPS

This week Charlotte had another big jobs announcement. Online mortgage company Better.com announced it is expanding in Charlotte, going from about 20 people to 1,000 in five years. It follows substantial job announcements for the city by Lowe’s, Avid Xchange and Truist.

United States Department of Homeland Security [Public domain]

Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, criticized Mecklenburg Sheriff Garry McFadden Wednesday in Charlotte for his refusal to honor jail detainers from the federal government.

The North Carolina legislative building in Raleigh.
NICK DE LA CANAL / WFAE

RALEIGH — A Republican framework for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina is advancing again with bipartisan support in the state House. But it's unclear whether that will change feelings about the concept in the GOP-controlled Senate.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Veteran journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts died Tuesday at the age of 75. She was known as one of the "founding mothers" of public radio. We remember her by listening back to our 2014 conversation about the remarkable women in our nation's history.

Dan Bishop speaks during Tuesday's Republican 9th Congressional District forum.
David Boraks / WFAE

Dan Bishop is now a member of Congress.

Bishop, who won a special election against Democrat Dan McCready last week, was sworn into the U.S. House Tuesday afternoon.

News & Observer

A lot has been said about last week’s move in the North Carolina House to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget. Only 12 Democrats were there. One of the narratives that arose was that Republicans used 9/11 memorials to trick Democrats into missing the vote.

NC General Assembly

To draw new state House and Senate maps, the legislature relied heavily on University of Michigan professor Jowei Chen, who testified on behalf of Common Cause and Democrats in their gerrymandering lawsuit earlier this year.

Newton's Status For Arizona Unclear After Reaggravating Foot Injury

Sep 17, 2019
Cam Newton during a game against the Washington Redskins on December 20, 2016.
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Cam Newton's status for Sunday's game at Arizona is uncertain after the 2015 league MVP reaggravated a mid-foot sprain.

Duke CEO Lynn Good
Duke Energy

Duke Energy says it wants to cut its carbon emissions from electricity generation in half by 2030 and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Despite Critiques, NC Legislature On Pace To Remap On Time

Sep 17, 2019
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

RALEIGH — Facing a deadline this week, the North Carolina legislature stayed on track to enact replacement districts for dozens of its seats on time, even as citizens critiqued the maps in a public meeting.

Owners of Lake Arbor Apartments in west Charlotte want all residents out by Dec. 31 to make way for "revitalization and improvement."
DAVID BORAKS / WFAE

United Way of Central Carolinas officials say they have raised nearly $270,000 to help residents displaced from the Lake Arbor apartment complex in west Charlotte. United Way Director and CEO Laura Clark says the funds will be used for a variety of needs.

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