Asha Degree was 9 years old when she disappeared on February 14, 2000. An age-progressed photo shows what she might look today.

Friday marked 20 years since 9-year-old Asha Degree of Shelby in Cleveland County disappeared. According to the FBI, Degree was last seen walking alone along Highway 18, where about two years later, her backpack was found buried at a construction site in nearby Burke County along a stretch of that highway. Some of her belongings were still inside — a library book from a concert T-shirt. They revealed that information two years ago. 

Bernie Sanders
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke at a campaign rally at Charlotte’s Belk Theater on Friday ahead of the rapidly approaching North Carolina primary, listing reasons why he believes he is the best candidate to defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

Evidence In Trash Can Links Dead Neighbor To Missing SC Girl

Feb 14, 2020
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Investigators found a man dead inside his South Carolina home shortly after finding an item from a missing 6-year-old girl who lived in his neighborhood inside his trash can, authorities said.

Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris speaks to reporters February 14, 2020.
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Mecklenburg County health officials said Friday the travelers from China they are monitoring so far show no signs of the novel coronavirus.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump will give the command for drivers to start their engines before the Daytona 500.

Friday, Feb. 14, 2020

The death knell has sounded on the Crisis Alert System at CMS.  CMS officials say it doesn’t work but the company disagrees.  The Town of Matthews is back in the good graces of CMS.  CMPD Chief Kerr Putney says he’s set with all he needs for crowd control at the Republican Convention, and hot off his New Hampshire primary win, Bernie Sanders comes to Charlotte. 


If you think of public preschool as free child care for the poor, you’re behind the times … at least in Mecklenburg County.

The county has opened registration for next year’s Meck Pre-K classes, and some families making six-figure incomes are eligible for the free program.

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Hemp, the non-psychoactive relative of marijuana, is legal across the United States under the 2018 Farm Bill -- as long as it contains no more than 0.3% THC. But North Carolina law enforcement and district attorneys are pushing state lawmakers to ban the plant’s smokable form because they say it is impossible to distinguish from marijuana, which is illegal federally.

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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles announced her support for Mike Bloomberg as the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Thursday.

Kamasi Washington
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It's time to take a look at what's happening this weekend in the QC. There's lots of music on stage for this Valentine's Day weekend with, of course, lovers in mind. Jazz singer Stephanie Jordan is in town this weekend, along with saxophonist Kamasi Washington, EARTHGANG and a Taste of History. Joining All Things Considered host Gwendolyn Glenn to talk about these events for this edition of Weekend In Entertainment is Ryan Pitkin, editor of Queen City Nerve.

Mayor Vi Lyles and Governor Roy Cooper attend a roundtable of Charlotte business leaders at UNC Charlotte
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Gov. Roy Cooper held a business roundtable at UNC Charlotte on Thursday afternoon, listening to thoughts on the local business environment from companies that have relocated to Charlotte or expanded their presence in the area.

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Here’s what a typical field office for a presidential candidate looks like: It’s about 800 square feet. Hidden on the second floor of a shopping center, with signs taped to an outside door, directing people inside.

This office – for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren – was mostly empty one day this week, except for a couple of college-age supporters.

Then there is Michael Bloomberg’s Charlotte office. 

Duke Energy building
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Duke Energy turned a profit of $660 million for the last three months of 2019, up 42% from a year ago. Duke attributed the growth in part to new investments in electric and gas plants and new renewable energy projects that came online.

Cayce Department of Public Safety

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A 6-year-old South Carolina girl who disappeared earlier in the week after getting off her school bus was found dead Thursday, and a homicide investigation has been opened, authorities said.

Could The Iowa Meltdown Happen During North Carolina’s Primary?

Feb 13, 2020
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With in-person early voting beginning today and North Carolina’s March 3 primary election day moving closer, voters may be paying attention to what’s happened in other states to this point.

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If you’re not feeling Valentine’s Day this year, there are a few ways around Charlotte you can show it — and for a good cause.  

Geoffrey Hardee

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

The wide-open race for the Democratic presidential nomination is headed for South Carolina. Joe Biden has called the state his firewall after early defeats, but a win there is no longer a sure thing. To check the pulse of the Palmetto State ahead of the Feb. 29 primary, we headed to Winthrop University in Rock Hill.

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McClatchy Co., which owns the Charlotte Observer and several other newspapers in the Carolinas, filed for bankruptcy Thursday morning.

Parking lots at Lake Arbor Apartments are empty and the apartments are vacant after the owners ordered everyone out to prepare for renovations - and apparently a sale.
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All but one tenant has moved out of the run-down Lake Arbor Apartments in west Charlotte after the owners ordered everyone out to make way for renovations. But a legal battle with the landlords continues, and tenants last week won a round — just as it appeared the complex was about to be sold to new investors.

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There’s a new nightlife hotspot in Mecklenburg County that may surprise you: Matthews. 

What used to be a sleepy suburb is transforming itself into a destination for those looking to avoid uptown or South End. And now there are plans to turn an old warehouse in downtown Matthews into restaurants, offices and shops.