Pence Urges In-Person School During Visit To North Carolina

Jul 29, 2020
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APEX — Vice President Mike Pence vowed Wednesday that schools around the country will have the resources they need to reopen for in-person learning as he visited a classroom of masked fourth graders at a North Carolina private school.


RALEIGH — The North Carolina State Fair has been canceled for this year due to safety, financial and attendance challenges from COVID-19, State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced Wednesday.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Charlotte is known for its vast tree canopy, a quality most major cities lack. But as the city spurs development, the forest is thinning: Charlotte’s tree canopy fell from 49% to 45% from 2012 to 2018.


An old comment from U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis has been resurfacing during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The last time redistricting was at stake, in 2010, Republicans flipped 20 state legislative chambers from blue to red nationwide, including both houses in North Carolina. They seized control of mapmaking after the census.

This time, Democrats are mobilizing.

The public is paying respects to long-time Georgia congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, as his body lies in state at the U. S. Capitol Rotunda for a second day. The 80-year-old Lewis died last week from pancreatic cancer. His funeral is Thursday in Atlanta.

Known as the moral conscience of Congress during his 33 years in office, Lewis’ work as a Civil Rights activist not only touched the nation but the North and South Carolina region as well. WBTV reporter Steve Crump details that work in a documentary, "John Lewis—Reflections of a Sit-In Pioneer." Crump says Lewis gives the sit-ins in 1960 in Greensboro a lot of credit for the successful sit-in movement he was a major part of that year in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Carolina Hurricanes are heading to Toronto. Former Charlotte Christian baseball star Daniel Bard is attempting a comeback in the major leagues, and the battle between Zion Williamson and his former marketing agent escalates.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says restaurants will have to stop selling alcohol at 11 p.m. starting Friday. It's the latest restriction Cooper's administration has enacted in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

Watch cinematic jazz singer Emily Sage perform at noon on Tuesday's installment of WFAE's Songversations.

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Remington Arms, weighed down by lawsuits and retail sales restrictions following the Sandy Hook school massacre, is seeking bankruptcy protection for the second time in as many years.

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The death of a North Carolina professor, who recently announced his retirement amid backlash for comments he made on social media that included calling the state’s governor “Massa Cooper,” has been ruled a suicide.

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The city of Charlotte will not partner with a council member's nonprofit for a jobs-training program. 

In NC Visit, Trump Seeks Political Shot In The Arm In Vaccine Push

Jul 28, 2020
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic put his political fate in grave jeopardy. Now he’s hoping to get credit for his administration’s aggressive push for a vaccine -– and crossing his fingers that one gets approved before Election Day.

Thousands of North Carolina residents are in danger of losing their homes as courts begin issuing eviction orders again this month. The threat is amplified for immigrants here illegally, whose status disqualifies them from government programs that could help pay the rent.

Protesters demonstrate near the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department headquarters on May 30, 2020.
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It’s been about two months since protests first erupted in Charlotte over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Here, across the U.S. and the world, people took to the streets to demonstrate against police brutality and the mistreatment of Black people. We’ll take a look back at those protests and answer your questions about policing and protesting.

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Gaston County commissioners will get a report on the county's Confederate monument Tuesday night, at a meeting that's expected to draw a crowd in a time of racial tension.

Feelings were already running high two weeks ago, when a volunteer advisory panel voted 7-5 to remove the Confederate soldier on a pedestal that has stood outside Gaston County’s courthouse since 1912. Some said it’s a tribute to soldiers who fought bravely. Others denounced it as a monument to white supremacy.

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A group of concerned faith leaders in Charlotte shared a list of demands for change regarding policing in the city. During a press conference Monday, clergy members said they are concerned about what public safety looks like in the wake of recent civil unrest. 

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RALEIGH — Liquor sales in North Carolina have seen a 12% increase during the fiscal year that ended on June 30.

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More than 1 million North Carolina families who are behind on utility payments could have their water, sewage or electricity shut off once an executive order from Gov. Roy Cooper expires Thursday.


Here's a recipe for an avalanche of evictions: The state's moratorium on evictions amid the coronavirus pandemic is over. Eviction courts have reopened. Unemployment remains high and federal benefits are running out.

The weirdest sports season of our lifetimes has begun. I’m just not sure how long it’s going to last.


Dueling protests came to head in uptown Charlotte's Marshall Park on Saturday afternoon, with skirmishes breaking out between members of a "Blue Lives Matter" rally and a "Defund The Police" rally. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they used pepper spray on one person but didn't make any arrests. 


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Police say two people were shot to death and another fatally stabbed over the weekend in Charlotte.

Republican Who Had Prominent Role In Redistricting To Retire

Jul 25, 2020
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RALEIGH — A Republican lawmaker who played a prominent role in North Carolina’s redistricting process announced Friday that he will not seek reelection this fall and will instead retire from his post at the end of the year.

School Shutdown Sends Parents Scrambling — In Different Ways

Jul 25, 2020
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In an expansive and airy neighborhood clubhouse in Ballantyne, about 40 parents gather on a Sunday afternoon to talk about the online school year that lies ahead.

drive-in movie
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When Preston Brown opened Hound’s Drive-In four years ago in Kings Mountain, he was taking a leap of faith. He was in the rental property and electronics business, but he longed for a life that revolved around movies. His father owned a movie theater when he was a child, and Brown missed it.

CHAPEL HILL — University of North Carolina school system officials have voted to keep tuition rates the same regardless of whether classes move online because of coronavirus concerns.

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A Confederate monument and a confrontation at a local ice cream shop in Gastonia brought people out to protest this week. 

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President Trump on Thursday called off the Jacksonville, Florida, portion of the Republican National Convention, saying, “it’s not the right time” for a large convention. The GOP last month moved most of the convention from Charlotte after Gov. Roy Cooper wouldn’t guarantee the Republicans a packed house at the Spectrum Center.

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A majority of North Carolina's 1.5 million public school students will begin the year learning from home.

That has become clear less than two weeks after Gov. Roy Cooper recommended that schools open in person with social distancing on Aug. 17. But all-remote remained an option, and the Cabarrus County school board's Thursday night vote to pursue that option pushed the total past 50%.