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Since taking over the U.S. Postal Service in June, Greensboro businessman Louis DeJoy has made a number of changes, including a sweeping shake-up of top executives last week. And in an effort to make the organization more financially stable, he’s cut overtime and said late-arriving mail will now be left behind by carriers and delivered the next day. 

People have been camping at 12th and Poplar streets for months. This is the site in March 2020.
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People living in tents on a vacant lot just outside uptown Charlotte have been given until Friday at 5 p.m. to move.  Charlotte Mecklenburg police say WB Moore Co., an electrical contractor, delivered notices Aug. 7 to about 100 people living next to its offices at 12th and North Poplar streets. 

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Prosecutors asked a judge on Monday to give a former North Carolina congressman no prison time for lying to the FBI about his role in a plan to try to bribe the state's top insurance regulator with large political contributions.

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A former Buncombe County commissioner has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge over her involvement in what federal prosecutors say was a scheme to use county money to sponsor horse activities in North Carolina and Florida. 

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Duke Energy lost $817 million in the second quarter as it wrote off $2 billion in costs related to the shutdown of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project.  

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As parents scramble to find care while schools are teaching remotely, Iredell-Statesville Schools is creating a network of options using empty classrooms, reassigned staff and a lot of help from community partners. 

Lately I’ve been thinking about the similarities between the two big stories of 2020 – the pandemic caused by the coronavirus, and the global protests on inequality and policing sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

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The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture has long been at the forefront of public forums in Charlotte. The center's popular Talk About It Tuesday events brought experts together to talk through vital and complex topics like gentrification, the criminal justice system and barriers to economic mobility.

But 2020 and in-person events haven't exactly gotten along, with gatherings severely limited to slow the spread of the coronavirus. That doesn't mean engaging conversations can't still happen, though.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The doctor serving as South Carolina’s state epidemiologist said she regrets not speaking out publicly about her concerns as the state reopened close-contact businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The U.S. Geological Survey says a 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook much of North Carolina just after 8 a.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported. 

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A North Carolina sheriff’s office has changed its restraint policy in the wake of last year’s death of a man jailed on an assault charge, but the restraint wasn’t banned.

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The opening of the Hawthorne Lane bridge over Independence Boulevard to vehicle traffic has been delayed -- again.

Most NC Parents Won't Have Option To Send Kids Back To School

Aug 7, 2020
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RALEIGH — When K-12 public school students in North Carolina resume classes this fall, the vast majority of them will be sitting at home in front of a computer screen.

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North Carolina health officials will allow the small Republican National Convention to have more than 10 people gathered indoors at a time, an accommodation the state said it's making "in the spirit of accommodating the unique interests and needs of the convention."

Carolina Renaissance Festival

If you've lived near Charlotte for any amount of time, you've probably heard of the Carolina Renaissance Festival. Each fall, the 25-acre village mocked up like a 16th-century European marketplace comes alive with pageantry, fair food and the occasional falconry demonstration.

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Jackie DeLoach, the owner of Hattie’s Tap and Tavern, is still coming to work most days, but it’s not to chat with regulars. 

Instead of selling pints and shots, it’s hoodies and shirts.  

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools opened to teachers and other employees Thursday to prepare for a pandemic school year like no other.

At least, most of the district's 177 schools opened. The district confirmed Thursday evening that Walter G. Byers K-8 School and Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences told employees to work remotely "while the facilities were cleaned and disinfected due to a positive COVID case in those facilities."

Ticks Continue Creeping Southward In North Carolina

Aug 6, 2020
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Alexis Barbarin isn’t sure why North Carolina is reporting fewer cases of tick-borne diseases this year.

Normally, by this time, hundreds of cases would have been reported, said Barbarin, the state’s public health entomologist, whose job it is to track diseases transmitted by insects. Instead, she said, only 76 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease and 74 cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever have been reported.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper extends Phase 2 restrictions into September as Mecklenburg County develops strategies to help businesses enforce the governor’s mask mandate.  It’s still not clear just how or where -- Charlotte? the White House? -- President Trump will accept his party’s nomination at the RNC. And Hurricane Isaias hits the coast during the pandemic.  

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Police body camera video showing the events in a Forsyth County jail that preceded the death of John Neville has been released, showing him struggling after having a medical emergency and officers keeping him face down on the floor.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is using an email symptom survey to clear employees for work.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

It's tough to manage all the demands of parenthood during quarantine – and any other time. Our guest says throw out the rule book and trust your instincts. The author of "Parenting Outside the Lines" joins guest host Erik Spanberg.

Watch acclaimed music photographer/writer Daniel Coston live at noon on Thursday's installment of WFAE's Songversations.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act.
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Fifty-five years ago Thursday, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. But a key part of that law was removed in 2013, in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Shelby County v. Holder. That 5-4 decision removed section 4(b), which contained a formula to determine which states or counties needed federal approval before making changes to voting.

Forty North Carolina counties were covered under that formula. Its removal touched off a series of battles over voting in North Carolina that’s still unresolved today. 

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More than 9,000 Charlotte-Mecklenburg teachers are returning to their classrooms Thursday to prepare for the start of school. Some of them are wondering: If the schools aren’t safe for students, are they safe for us? 

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Gov. Roy Cooper has again extended Phase 2 restrictions. Bars, gyms and entertainment venues in North Carolina will have to remain closed for at least another month. In making the announcement Wednesday, Cooper said while the state's coronavirus trends are stabilizing, he wants to see them decline before moving into Phase 3. For more on the impact to businesses, we turn to Tony Mecia of the Charlotte Ledger Business Newsletter for our segment, BizWorthy.

The GOP says delegates will wear masks at the small business-only convention in Charlotte
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The Republican National Committee on Wednesday released its health plan for its upcoming business-only convention in Charlotte that starts in less than three weeks.

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North Carolina will remain in Phase 2 of its coronavirus restrictions for at least five more weeks, Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday, as numbers related to the spread of the virus have shown signs of stabilization but not significant improvement.

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A federal judge has upheld the convictions of two men found to be trying to bribe North Carolina's top insurance regulator with large political contributions so that scrutiny of a defendant's businesses would be eased.

School starts in just a few weeks, and no matter what districts across North Carolina do to reopen, this year will look different. Public radio stations from around the state are coming together for a back-to-school special.

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