Braxton Winston
City of Charlotte

Charlotte City Council member Braxton Winston's campaign says "he is now in a legal process" after he was arrested and charged with failure to disperse upon command at a protest outside a west Charlotte police station precinct Friday night.

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The image of a police line pushing the crowd back as orange tear gas swirls overhead is not new to Charlotte. It beckons back to 2016 when protests erupted following the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. Those protests lasted four days and saw numerous clashes between protesters and law enforcement.


A county mandate to raise all Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools staff to at least $15 an hour could lead to the loss of 175 jobs, the school board chair told county commissioners Friday evening.

Trump, Cooper Speak About GOP Convention Details

May 30, 2020
Roy Cooper
NC Department of Safety

RALEIGH — President Donald Trump and North Carolina's governor disagreed on Friday over the viability of a full-fledged Republican National Convention, the governor's office said, as Trump does not want to see signs of the pandemic in his renomination audience.

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A crowd of up to 250 people protested outside a CMPD office in north Charlotte on Friday evening, eventually breaking windows until police fired tear gas to disperse those who had gathered. The protest was one of many across the country following the death of George Floyd this past week by a police officer in Minneapolis.

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As people protested Saturday night on Beatties Ford Road, Mayor Vi Lyles told WSOC-TV that she has an understanding of the frustration, anger and sadness of the protesters. 


Union County’s school board voted Thursday night to hold traditional high school graduations outdoors at school stadiums. The plans are in defiance of Gov. Roy Cooper’s Phase 2 restrictions on large gatherings.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

If you’ve been eager to go to the library to check out books or movies or simply escape, there is some somewhat good news: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library reopens Monday.

In-Person Classes More Likely In SC; Details Not Certain

May 29, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. — It looks increasingly likely many South Carolina public school students will return to real classrooms at the end of the summer.

Mandy Cohen
NC Department of Public Safety

North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen responded to the GOP on Friday morning about its plans for the Republican National Convention, asking party leaders for more information about how they plan to hold the event safely in Charlotte.

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Union County Public Schools Board has voted to hold an in-person graduation ceremony for all its high schools that would be a violation of the state’s coronavirus safety orders.

On a Friday in early April, 56-year-old Ramona Reeves started to feel a little off at work. She’s a patient coordinator at Atrium Health, so it wasn’t hard to get a quick temperature check. It turned out she had a low-grade fever and was sent home. From that point, things took a turn for the worse.

When the Mecklenburg County courthouse expands operations on Monday, there won't be an immediate wave of new eviction orders for tenants behind on the rent. Instead, landlords and tenants will be asked to negotiate out of court. 

Jennifer Lang / WFAE

Top GOP leaders said  Thursday their health protocols for the Republican National Convention in Charlotte will rely on pre-travel health surveys, daily health care questions that can be answered by an app and thermal scans of all attendees.

NC Ballot Access Rule Changes For Pandemic OK'd By House

May 28, 2020

RALEIGH — Temporary and permanent changes to mail-in absentee ballot rules in North Carolina and funds to improve safety at in-person voting sites this year during the COVID-19 pandemic received overwhelming approval Thursday by the state House.

Latin Dance

It's time to take a look at the weekend's entertainment lineup. There’s African drumming by Drums4Life, one of many groups hosting virtual events this weekend -- along with art workshops, theater performances, and a Latin dance class. Joining WFAE's "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn for this edition of Weekend In Entertainment to discuss these virtual events is Ryan Pitkin, editor of Queen City Nerve. 

NC Gov. Cooper: RNC Hasn't Submitted Safety Plan

May 28, 2020
NC Department of Public Safety

North Carolina's governor said Thursday that his administration hasn't received the written safety plan for the upcoming Republican National Convention requested by his health secretary in response to President Donald Trump's demands for a full-scale event.

Gov. Roy Cooper speaks about the coronavirus at a press briefing on May 26, 2020.
NC Department of Public Safety


North Carolina reached a record high in COVID-19 hospitalizations for the second day in a row Thursday. It also recorded its third-highest number of deaths in a single day. Gov. Roy Cooper and public health officials say they’re closely watching the state’s health trends as the state reopens in phases.

NC Legislature OKs Bill Overturning Cooper Order On Bars

May 28, 2020
Whiskey Warehouse

RALEIGH — North Carolina legislators voted on Thursday to essentially overturn Gov. Roy Cooper's order keeping bars closed due to COVID-19, deciding that serving customers outside for an economic punch was worth any additional risk of congregating.

Commentary: How Coronavirus Contact Tracing Works In A State Dr. Fauci Praised As A Model To Follow

May 28, 2020

After weeks of keeping people home to “flatten the curve,” restrictions on U.S. businesses are loosening and the coronavirus pandemic response is moving into a new phase.