Dashiell Coleman

Digital Editor, News And Engagement

Dash joined WFAE as a digital editor for news and engagement in 2019. Before that, he was a reporter for the Savannah Morning News in Georgia and the Gaston Gazette in Gastonia. 

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The onset of North Carolina's famously vibrant fall colors has been delayed by an unseasonably hot start to fall and drought conditions.

But Howard Neufeld, a biologist at Appalachian State University known as the "Fall Color Guy," says there's still a good chance for rich color this year – especially since cooler weather has begun.

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In the race for Matthews mayor, incumbent Paul Bailey and town Commissioner John Higdon will move on to next month’s general election. They were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday's primary.

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In Mecklenburg County, there's one more primary before the Nov. 5 general election. Matthews has a mayoral primary on Oct. 8.

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Charlotte City Council on Monday delayed a vote on whether to give Mecklenburg County a 10-year extension to sell an uptown park to make way for development.

Dan Bishop speaks during Tuesday's Republican 9th Congressional District forum.
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Dan Bishop is now a member of Congress.

Bishop, who won a special election against Democrat Dan McCready last week, was sworn into the U.S. House Tuesday afternoon.

HORRY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

The chairman of the Charlotte board that reviews law enforcement complaints has been arrested and charged with a slew of underage sex crimes that police say took place over a 22-year span.

The North Carolina legislative building in Raleigh.
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The North Carolina House of Representatives unexpectedly voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state budget early Wednesday morning in what the governor called "an assault" on democracy.

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Voters will head to the polls on Sept. 10 to decide who will represent North Carolina's 9th District in Congress. For Charlotte voters, it's also the primary for the partisan City Council race. Here are a few quick things to know before you head to the polls.

U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT

When people are booked into jail, their fingerprints are taken.

Local law enforcement agencies then send fingerprints to the FBI to check on outstanding warrants or a person’s criminal history. But the fingerprints don’t stop there, either. Under a program called Secure Communities, the FBI automatically sends the fingerprints it receives to the Department of Homeland Security, which checks for hits in an immigration database.

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Early voting starts Wednesday for the 9th U.S. House District redo and Charlotte City Council primaries.

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The North Carolina House of Representatives could vote on legislation requiring the state's sheriffs to further cooperate with federal immigration authorities this week.

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City officials in Tega Cay have removed a monument to police officers after religious wording caused a flap over the separation of church and state.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Immigrant communities across the U.S. were on edge Sunday as federal immigration raids were reportedly planned in several major cities. As of late Sunday morning, immigrant advocacy group Comunidad Colectiva had not reported any raids in Charlotte. 

A car was still partially submerged June 10 after flooding the night before on Riverside Drive in northwest Charlotte.
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Nearly 100 people have applied for financial help from the U.S. Small Business Administration after severe flooding hit areas near the Catawba River last month.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
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Charlotte's City Council members on Monday will get an update on community safety and learn more about an effort to better prepare law enforcement to help people with mental illnesses.