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As the Charlotte population steadily grows and becomes more diverse, so do the students that attend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The achievement gap that exists for English language learners, minority students and low-income students has also grown and has become apparent within the school system. To address the gap, some CMS schools have turned to dual language programs and have found success.

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All early voting locations across North Carolina will now have to be open the same weekday hours — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Lawmakers changed this over the summer after county budgets were already set, causing local elections directors to scramble. In some counties, it means fewer places for people to vote early.

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Second Lady Karen Pence is coming to Charlotte Monday to kick off a rally in support of District 9 Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris.

Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid kneeled during the national anthem before Sunday's home game against the New York Giants, Oct. 7, 2018.
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Recently-signed Panther Eric Reid dropped to one knee moments before the playing of the national anthem Sunday in Bank of America Stadium.

East Mecklenburg High's gym set up by Red Cross as a hurricane shelter that can accommodate 150 people
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Hundreds of displaced residents remained in eastern North Carolina shelters three weeks after Hurricane Florence's eye reached the Atlantic coast.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday to join the Supreme Court, delivering an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country's cultural, gender and political divides.

The 9th District congressional race featuring Republican Mark Harris, left, and Democrat Dan McCready could be upended by a new congressional map.
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Republican Mark Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by five percentage points for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, according to a new poll by the New York Times and Sienna College.

It's pumpkin spice season. This is Starbucks' pumpkin spice latte.
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In case you missed it, we’re smack in the middle of the year’s most contentious season.

No, not election season – pumpkin spice season.

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Tharon Drake was 14-years-old when he started to go blind. But he’s always found clarity in the pool. Now he’s helping others hone their performance at Catawba College as the first blind NCAA swim coach.

And Drake can hear good form. Seriously.

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in the month of September, according to the statistics released by the Labor Department on Friday. The unemployment rate is the lowest since December 1969.