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Updated: 5:55 p.m.

Tropical Storm Michael continues to move northeast at 24 mph. The storm is expected to pick up speed on its path toward the Atlantic Ocean, where it will exit the Atlantic Coast Thursday night.

Demcorat Dan McCready and Republican Harris Mark Harris debated Wednesday night in the 9th Congressional District race.
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In the competitive 9th District Congressional race, Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready debated for the first time Wednesday night.

Mecklenburg magistrates have been issuing more criminal summons instead of arrest warrants, even for violent crimes.
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In April, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say two people robbed a convenience store on Gibbon Road in north Charlotte. While pointing handguns at the clerk, they shouted, “Money, Money, where’s the money!” and then took cash, according to an affidavit from CMPD.

But instead of approving an arrest warrant for one suspect, a Mecklenburg magistrate issued a criminal summons, requiring him to show up in court next month.

National Hurricane Center

Updated 6:10 a.m.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are closed today because of Hurricane Michael. CMS joins other area school districts that have announced school closures, citing safety of students and staff.

Environmental groups tracked logs that were cut from North Carolina forests to Enviva's plants.
Dogwood Alliance

Production of wood pellets continues to expand in North Carolina and across the South. Millions of tons are sent every year to be burned in power plants in Europe, where they're considered a form of renewable energy. But after heavy flooding from hurricanes Matthew and Florence, there's also growing debate over just how environmentally friendly they are.

Cooper Proposes $1.5 Billion For Florence Relief

Oct 10, 2018
Governor Roy Cooper gave his proposed budget after an update on Hurricane Michael.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper recommended $1.5 billion be set aside for Hurricane Florence relief and preparations for future weather-related events at a press conference today in Raleigh.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says an 81-year-old woman was shot in the leg last night in the city's Belmont neighborhood.

With all the food and drink books already stretching around the world’s waistline, do we really need more of them?

Of course we do. And each year, fall heralds the release of a brand new crop. Here’s a handful of the books worth digging into.

CMPD responded to two separate homicides Tuesday night along Tryon Street.

Library of Congress

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

MSNBC's Steve Kornacki traces the political polarization of the Trump era back to the partisan warfare in Washington of the 1990s. He talks with Erik Spanberg about how America divided itself into tribes of red states and blue states.