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The 104 apartments will be built on the campus of the YWCA, on Park Road.
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YWCA Central Carolinas announced plans Thursday to build 104 affordable apartments on its Park Road campus in Charlotte. 

ANN DOSS HELMS / WFAE

The power of zoning and regulations to encourage or squelch affordable housing was a theme that came up repeatedly Thursday at a Building the Dream housing forum in Charlotte.

N.C. Department of Insurance

State Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey continued testimony Thursday morning in the federal bribery trial of insurance businessman Greg Lindberg. Lindberg and two of his associates are accused of trying to funnel $2 million to Causey in political contributions in exchange for removing a senior deputy in his office who was part of the regulation of Lindberg's insurance companies. WFAE political reporter Steve Harrison spoke to Michael Falero from the federal courthouse in Charlotte. 

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RALEIGH — Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo visited North Carolina to push for policies to eliminate chemical pollution from industrial products, like those discharged into the Cape Fear River for years.

DASHIELL COLEMAN

Updated 9:45 p.m.

Snow fell Thursday afternoon in the Charlotte area, providing slick roads just in time for evening rush hour as winter weather moved into North Carolina. Gov. Roy Cooper urged residents to prepare for the inclement weather, and several Charlotte-area school districts, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and early voting sites shut down early.

New Hanover County Public Library

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

In 1898, Wilmington was the site of a rare event, the violent overthrow of a duly elected local government. White supremacists forced black officials to resign at gunpoint. Journalist David Zucchino shares the story.

Centers For Disease Control and Prevention / CDC.gov

Coronavirus not only has people around the world worried, but also businesses – including some here in the Charlotte area. Companies like and Lowe’s and Honeywell get some of their products and materials from China, where the virus has led to the deaths of about 2,000 people and caused major disruptions. 

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North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey testified Wednesday in federal court in Charlotte that he was so uncomfortable with political contributions from Durham insurance magnate Greg Lindberg that he went to the U.S. Attorney’s office in 2017, and agreed to make audio and video recordings of conversations he had with Lindberg and his two associates, John Grey and John Palermo.

Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria
Alissa Eckert; James Archer / CDC / Antibiotic Resistance Coordination and Strategy Unit

Mecklenburg County Public Health and the NC Division of Public Health are investigating two potential cases of tuberculosis at UNC Charlotte, the county said Wednesday.

Ryan Newman Released From Hospital After Daytona 500 Crash

Feb 19, 2020
@RoushFenway / Twitter

Ryan Newman was released from a Florida hospital on Wednesday, about 42 hours after his frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

LinkedIn/Greg Lindberg

Updated 5:53 p.m.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey testified Wednesday in the political bribery trial of businessman Greg Lindberg. Lindberg and two of his associates are accused of trying to funnel $2 million to Causey in exchange for removing a senior deputy in his office who was part of the regulation of Lindberg's insurance companies.

WFAE's Steve Harrison has been at the federal courthouse in Charlotte to hear testimony and opening statements. He joined All Things Considered host Gwendolyn Glenn and WFAE's Nick de la Canal for an upate.

JEFF CRAVOTTA FOR WFAE

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

Finding a solution to the crisis faced by Charlotte’s arts sector: Arts and Science Council President Jeep Bryant and others explain what’s at stake and make their cases for the latest solution.

ANN DOSS HELMS / WFAE

A growing number of North Carolina’s charter schools are setting aside seats for disadvantaged students in their fiercely competitive admission lotteries. It’s part of a $37 million push to make those schools more diverse.

Self-portrait by Burk Uzzle

You might not have heard the name Burk Uzzle – if you did, you’d remember it. But it’s likely that you’ve seen his work.

AP Source: Former Panthers TE Greg Olsen Agrees To 1-Year Deal With Seahawks

Feb 18, 2020
Greg Olsen
Jodie Valade / WFAE

A person familiar with the situation says three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen has agreed to a one-year, $7 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks.

Trump To Visit South Carolina Ahead Of Democratic Primary

Feb 18, 2020
President Donald Trump campaigned for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster in West Columbia June 25.
David Boraks / WFAE

COLUMBIA, S.C.  — He’s not competing in a primary in the state, but President Donald Trump is planning to make an appearance in South Carolina just before Democrats hold their primary election there.

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The federal bribery trial for political mega-donor Greg Lindberg began Tuesday in Charlotte with jury selection.

Lindberg, along with two of his associates and a former North Carolina congressman and GOP chair, were indicted on a slew of federal charges last March — charges tied to the bribery of a state elected official.

@RyanJNewman / Twitter

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is awake and speaking with family and doctors a day after his horrific crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Police: Girl, 6, Was Killed By Neighbor Who Then Killed Self

Feb 18, 2020
Cayce Department of Public Safety

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her front yard after school was killed by a neighbor who then killed himself, authorities said Tuesday.

CMPD vehicle
NICK DE LA CANAL / WFAE

A man died after police say he was struck by a car while on a bicycle Monday night in east Charlotte. CMPD says officers found 24-year-old Franklin Leal lying unresponsive in Harrisburg Road not far from the Harrisburg Soccer Sports Complex around 11 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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