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As tensions mount over whether the 2020 Republican National Convention will actually be held in Charlotte during the coronavirus pandemic, North Carolina's governor is telling organizers they need to plan for a scaled-down event with face masks.

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, meanwhile, says the GOP is ready to "begin visiting" other cities and states for possible venues. 

File photo of City Council member Braxton Winston, January 14, 2019.
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Charlotte City council member Braxton Winston said Tuesday that he had communicated with Charlotte-Mecklenburg police before he was arrested at a protest Friday night in west Charlotte.

Watch Charlotte musician and social activist Phillip Gripper at noon on Tuesday's installment of WFAE's Songversations.

Protesters demonstrated near Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department headquarters Saturday night.
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This weekend... this week... this month... has been a lot.

Monday night marked the fourth night of protests in Charlotte as a wave of nationwide protests continue in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. Throughout the weekend, thousands of protesters have expressed a range of emotions in Charlotte.


Which is why FAQ City wants to hear from you.


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Monday the Black Lives Matter movement took to the streets of Myers Park  on the fourth day of protests over the death of George Floyd.

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Races took place this weekend in Alamance County in defiance of the governor's executive order against large crowd gatherings. Some professional sports have proposed pay cuts for players. Some colleges are cutting back on some sports. And the NBA looks to be on track for a comeback. With "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn to talk about these topics is Langston Wertz Jr., a veteran sportswriter for the Charlotte Observer. 


North Carolina Republican House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger harshly criticized Monday Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's response to the sometimes-violent protests over the death of George Floyd.


Superintendent Earnest Winston sent messages to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees, students and the community Sunday urging them to work against "bias, bigotry and racism."

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Sunday night marked the third night of protests in Charlotte as a wave of nationwide protests continue in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. 

Hundreds gathered outside of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. There was a range of emotions in the chants from protesters last night. Some were tense, some said they wanted a peaceful protest. 


How do you provide safe access to a courthouse during a pandemic? That’s the question officials across the state have been trying to answer since the outbreak of the coronavirus.


If you’d told Jonathan Bryant a few months ago that Lincoln Charter School would pay $10,000 for a graduation venue and ask families to drive an hour to get there, he’d have thought you were crazy. But the coronavirus has uprooted traditions that go so deep in our culture that we barely think about them until they’re banned.

Now the longest, strangest and most controversial graduation season in memory is underway.

These last few days, as people have talked about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, some of them have brought up the names of so many other black Americans left to die on the streets of this country. But I’ve thought about another name from here in Charlotte: Trystan Terrell.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested another 25 people Sunday night and early Monday morning in what police characterize as riots following peaceful protests.

Virus Hurts North Carolina Counties' Hurricane Readiness

May 31, 2020
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As hurricane season starts Monday, most of North Carolina's coastal counties are grappling with shortfalls or concerns about equipment and resources as they balance the dual threat of tropical weather and the COVID-19 pandemic.

All 20 counties in the state's coastal management zone told The Associated Press that COVID-19 is factoring into hurricane preparations. Five of those — Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Hyde and Washington — said overall plans hadn’t changed, but they’re ready to adjust to the virus if needed.

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The governors of the Carolinas are calling for peaceful protests after rallies over police brutality and racism in both states turned violent in recent days.

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Two rallies in uptown Charlotte Sunday afternoon brought big crowds downtown to remember George Floyd and other African Americans killed by police officers and white people outside the force. Both rallies had a more serious and soul-searching tone than protests Friday and Saturday nights.

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RICHMOND, Va. — Protesters demonstrating against the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck, targeted Confederate monuments in multiple cities.

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Updated 1 p.m. Sunday

At least 350 people crowded outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department headquarters in uptown Saturday night. Many chanted and held signs with phrases like “Black Lives Matter” and “Warning: Unarmed Black Man.”

Spectrum Center

The Republican National Committee wants Gov. Roy Cooper's assurance by Wednesday that a "full convention" can take place in Charlotte this summer. It's the latest in an ongoing back-and-forth between the Democratic governor and officials organizing the Republican National Convention that's set to start Aug. 24 at the Spectrum Center.

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Charlotte City Council declared a state of emergency Saturday for the city and Mecklenburg County after protests over police brutality sparked by the killing of a black man named George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer turned violent in Charlotte on Friday evening.