July 24 is the day Americans will see an end to the federal government’s $600 in additional unemployment benefits. Next week, North Carolina’s moratorium on utility shutoffs ends. Congress is currently negotiating an extension of the payments, but many Charlotte-area nonprofits are preparing for a greater demand for help from residents facing unemployment and mounting bills. 

C.T. Vivian
Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson


Mourners said goodbye Thursday to civil rights activist and minister, the Rev. Dr. C T Vivian, a top aide to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vivian died at the age of 95 last week. His casket laid in state in the rotunda of Georgia’s state capitol building Wednesday and his funeral was held Thursday in Atlanta.

Commentary: Disinformation Campaigns Are Murky Blends Of Truth, Lies And Sincere Beliefs

Jul 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned an infodemic, a vast and complicated mix of information, misinformation and disinformation.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Pushback from CMS teachers over the system’s decision to start school in the classroom.  More retailers are requiring shoppers to wear masks. Efforts are under way to make early voting safer as Bank of America Stadium and Spectrum Center get the OK as early-voting polling sites. And tensions build between Mecklenburg County’s sheriff and a jail support group. 


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials fill us in on their plans for the new school year. There are no perfect answers, but parents, teachers and students are waiting for some. You’ll get them.

Watch Charlotte venue owner Jamie Starks and singer-songwriter Paul Lover perform at noon on Thursday's installment of WFAE's Songversations.


With the start of school just a few weeks away, it's time for back-to-school shopping. Usually that means getting new clothes, backpacks, notebooks and pencils. But there are some big changes this year in what parents are buying as students prepare to learn remotely because of the coronavirus.

Charlotte FC

Charlotte's Major League Soccer team has a name. The NFL says no to preseason games. Private schools in North Carolina are moving ahead with sports while public school students are not sure if they will be able to play. With WFAE's "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn to talk sports is Langston Wertz Jr., a longtime sportswriter for The Charlotte Observer.

U.S. Census Bureau

Members of North Carolina’s Latino community say those who are in the country illegally will be even more fearful of filling out the 2020 census after President Trump released a memo saying the census would exclude undocumented immigrants

Judge Blocks SC Governor's $32 Million Plan For Private Schools

Jul 22, 2020
Henry McMaster
SC National Guard

COLUMBIA, S.C.  — A South Carolina state judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked a plan announced by Gov. Henry McMaster earlier this week to direct $32 million in pandemic relief funds for tuition grants at private schools across the state.

David Boraks / WFAE

Most restaurants that serve alcohol in Mecklenburg County will be prohibited from serving onsite food or booze after 11 p.m. under a new proclamation signed by the mayors of Charlotte, Matthews, Davidson, Mint Hill and Pineville.


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said Wednesday that it has received over 40 Crime Stoppers tips about the June 22 mass shooting on Beatties Ford Road that left four people dead.

Charlotte MLS

Updated 3:07 p.m.
It's been a long wait for fans, but Charlotte's Major League Soccer team finally has a name: Charlotte Football Club, or Charlotte FC for short.  The team colors will be black, blue and white. The logo bears a crown, and the slogan "Minted in 2022," both nods to icons of Charlotte's name and past. 

Jana Watt

On Tuesday the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board heard from people who asked for less in-person class time in August, as well as people who asked for more. But officials stayed focused on how to carry out the school reopening plan they approved last week. 

The links to the South’s Confederate past are beginning to come down – some by law, some by force. But this part of the country is still strewn with memorials to the Lost Cause – from monuments in town squares to the names of parks and streets and schools.

RALEIGH — A hearing has been scheduled for next month in litigation from Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest challenging several COVID-19 restrictions issued by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

An artist's rendering shows the proposed Catawba casino and resort at I-85 Exit 5 in Kings Mountain.
Catawba Indian Nation

The Catawba Indian Nation plans to break ground Wednesday morning for a proposed casino and resort off Interstate 85 in Kings Mountain. Local officials like the idea, but the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in western North Carolina has gone to court to stop the project. 

NC's Largest School District To Begin Year With Online Learning

Jul 21, 2020

RALEIGH — Leaders of North Carolina's largest public school district agreed Tuesday to stick with only online student learning to start the academic year, marking another system not yet ready to return to classrooms next month due to COVID-19.

Undocumented, Uninsured And Worried About ID Requirements? You Can Still Get Free COVID-19 Tests.

Jul 21, 2020
Laura Brache / WFAE

Juan Miranda had a problem.

He’d been hearing from friends and other members of the Latino community in North Carolina who feared they’d been exposed to the novel coronavirus but were forgoing testing at nearby CVS testing sites.

An architect's drawing shows plans for 104 units of affordable housing at the YWCA site on Park Road.
YWCA/Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership

Charlotte City Council Monday night approved zoning changes that clear the way for three projects that will add more than 500 affordable and senior housing units around the city.

Commentary: Coronavirus Numbers Confusing You? Here's How To Make Sense Of Them

Jul 21, 2020
Courtesy Atrium Health

Turn on the TV news, or look at a news website, and you’ll see charts, graphics, and dashboards that supposedly indicate the latest with COVID-19 – statistics revealing the number of tests, cases, hospitalizations and deaths, along with where they happened and whether they are rising or falling.

Ann Doss Helms / WFAE

A group called "Retire the Red Raider" is lobbying the Gaston County school board to change the mascot for Belmont's South Point High School.

WFAE/Sarah Delia

Tensions came to a head Monday between the group Jail Support and the Mecklenburg County’s Sheriff’s Office.

Watch soul crooner MercuryCarter perform at noon on Tuesday's installment of WFAE's Songversations.

Davidson College
David Boraks / WFAE

Protests for racial justice this spring and summer have prompted a related movement: Black people and other people of color have been sharing their stories of injustice and everyday racism in public ways. Davidson College students and alumni have been using an Instagram page to collect their stories - and to demand change. 

Ann Doss Helms / WFAE

Correction: A previous version of this story misstated when The Charlotte Observer got the tape of David Switzer apologizing for a comment at a staff meeting.

Community House Middle School Principal Jamie Brooks has been named principal of nearby Ardrey Kell High, effective this week.

The job came open after David Switzer was reassigned to central offices amid complaints that he had allowed a culture of racism to flourish at the Ballantyne-area school. 

Pandemic Causes Concern Among Wildlife Experts Over Dwindling NC Bat Population

Jul 20, 2020
Courtesy Mary Frazer

ROCKINGHAM — Most people tend to avoid bats. Doing so now could be the difference between survival and extinction for some of the species in North Carolina.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board -- and the public -- will get a recap of the plan for reopening schools at Tuesday night's virtual meeting.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools families have until Sunday to enroll their kids in a Full Remote Academy if they don’t feel safe letting them return to school. But CMS has chosen a remote experience for all students, at least for several weeks. 

SC Governor Directs $32M In Pandemic Aid To Private Schools

Jul 20, 2020
Henry McMaster
South Carolina ETV

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced Monday he is allocating $32 million of federal relief money related to the coronavirus outbreak in tuition grants for students attending private schools across the state.