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Fran Redic is normally pretty nervous about medical stuff. She’s had a few surgeries -- on her rotator cuff, her sinuses and a lumpectomy -- and she worried a lot about anesthesia.  

“My brain goes first to all of the complications,” Redic said. “I always go to, ‘What are the side effects? What are the bad things that can happen?’”

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Eddie Glaude, the chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton, is the author of a new book called “Begin Again,” about the writer James Baldwin, and how his work reflects on modern race relations in America.

Sewage Shows The Decline In COVID-19 Cases In 1 SC City

Aug 4, 2020
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COLUMBIA, S.C.  — Proof that the spike in COVID-19 cases in South Carolina has ended can now be found in the sewage in one city, officials said.

NC Sheriff Apologizes For Hog-Tied Inmate's Death

Aug 4, 2020
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WINSTON-SALEM — A North Carolina sheriff apologized on Tuesday to the family of a Black man who died while in custody last year, one day before a video of the incident that led to his death is set to be released.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

In 1865, nearing the end of the Civil War, thousands of formerly enslaved people were promised 40 acres and, eventually, a mule. This was likely the first attempt in American history at reparations for Black Americans. It never came to pass.

Watch country musician Caroline Keller perform at noon on Tuesday's installment of WFAE's Songversations.

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Gaston County commissioners voted 6-1 Monday night to move a Confederate monument that has stood in front of the courthouse since 1912.

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The Carolina Hurricanes are battling it out in Toronto. The NBA is back with one North Carolina native making a big splash and another one, so-so. Plus there are changes with the Carolina Panthers, including the kicker position. Longtime Charlotte Observer sportswriter Langston Wertz Jr. joins us to talk about those developments for our segment Time Out For Sports.

Since March, homeless residents have camped at 12th and College streets just east of uptown.
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People living on the street is nothing new in Charlotte. But the coronavirus pandemic has brought encampments into the open, including onto vacant lots near uptown. They're both a highly visible effect of the pandemic and a reminder of Charlotte's longstanding shortage of affordable housing. 

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Sunday, June 21, 2020, was the saddest Father’s Day that Eliana and Daniel Kusak’s family has ever had, as they suspected that they had already been infected by the coronavirus. The symptoms progressed day by day: chills, body aches, headaches, nausea. 

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RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper cautioned residents on Sunday not to overlook the potential threats of Tropical Storm Isaias, which has weakened from a hurricane.

GOP: Trump's Charlotte Renomination To Be Held In Private

Aug 2, 2020
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WASHINGTON — The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention said, citing the coronavirus.

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The other day, Kati Mayo was gazing across the parking lot next to Charlotte Ballet on North Tryon Street. It was early morning. A slight breeze was blowing through the air.

“And it took my breath away, how beautiful it was,” said the Charlotte Ballet Academy artistic coordinator.

Four Charlotte-area charter schools have canceled plans for in-person opening, even though they’re part of a chain that’s promoting that option. 

NC Reparation Efforts Focus On 'Generational Wealth,' Avoid Direct Payments

Aug 1, 2020
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The approval of reparations for Black residents in Asheville almost three weeks ago is being followed by similar demands in cities across North Carolina.

NC Governor: Hurricane Brings 'Double Trouble' With Virus

Jul 31, 2020
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RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on Friday to help prepare for Hurricane Isaias, which he said will bring atypical challenges given the longstanding COVID-19 crisis.

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North Carolina health officials reported more than 1,900 new coronavirus cases Friday, and 21 additional deaths were attributed to COVID-19 as hospitalizations were down slightly. In June, Mandy Cohen, the state’s health secretary, said she was concerned the numbers were going in the wrong direction. But in an interview Friday, she was more optimistic.

Bahamas, Florida Brace As New Hurricane Isaias Bears Down

Jul 31, 2020
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Forecasters declared a hurricane watch for parts of the Florida coastline on Friday as Hurricane Isaias drenched the Bahamas on a track for the U.S. East Coast.

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Gaston County Commissioners have scheduled a special meeting Monday to vote on removing a Confederate monument outside the Gaston County courthouse.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools reverses course on its back-to-school plan. New “last call” rules for alcohol sales go into effect statewide at 11 p.m. Friday. Coronavirus still dominates the news, but has Charlotte reached its peak?  President Trump says he will accept the GOP nomination for president in North Carolina. Will it be in Charlotte?  And a possible conflict of interest on Charlotte City Council.  

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Stephanie Sneed is stressed. 

She has two kids — rising second- and seventh-graders — enrolled in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ all-remote academy for the fall semester. 

“The upcoming school year has my anxiety level off the charts,” Sneed said. 

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For the first three full months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mecklenburg County paramedics responding to 911 calls found an unusually high number of dead bodies when they arrived.

36 Veterans Die Of COVID-19 In NC State Veterans Nursing Homes

Jul 30, 2020
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North Carolina’s state-owned veterans nursing homes became the place where 36 ailing men caught COVID-19, then died, after surviving tours in places such as Pearl Harbor and Korea, according to federal records.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the death totals mean North Carolina ranks third nationally in COVID-related deaths in state veterans nursing homes.

Catawba County health officials used contact tracing to identify 41 cases that originated with a family gathering recently.
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Mecklenburg County's health director says she's worried that contact tracing isn't working and that makes it hard to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. 

Big NC Utilities Told To Stop Disconnections Longer

Jul 30, 2020

North Carolina regulators have told the state's big for-profit electric, natural gas and water utilities to keep delaying disconnections through August as customers still struggle financially from COVID-19.

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board voted unanimously Thursday to cancel in-person orientation and join at least 52 other North Carolina school districts in an all-remote opening Aug. 17.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

As we approach the fall, students are preparing for school amid a pandemic. How will online education be different than last spring, how can it be done safely, and how will it impact learning in the short and long term?

Watch Charlotte Symphony resident conductor Christopher James Lees perform at noon on Thursday's installment of WFAE's Songversations.

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Insurance giant Centene passed up a much more lucrative offer to put its regional headquarters just over the border in South Carolina. The company, which announced this month it will build the facility in Charlotte's University City area, qualifies for up to $450 million in state and local incentives. Public records show South Carolina and York County offered twice that much in an attempt to get the development project.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board has called an emergency meeting for 2 p.m. Thursday to decide whether to scrap plans to hold in-person orientation in August.

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