Sarafina Wright

Producer

Sarafina Wright is the "All Things Considered" producer for WFAE 90.7 Charlotte’s NPR Source. Before coming to WFAE, she worked as a political correspondent for EBONY.com, staff writer at the Washington Informer and editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge in Washington, DC. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Howard University. When she's not writing professionally, Sarafina can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com or hanging out with her book club, Charlotte West. 

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper address the public after last night's rescue operation in Bladen County.
UNC-TV

Governor Roy Cooper said today that Hurricane Dorian has finally left North Carolina. Cooper said the storm has left Ocracoke Island, Cape Hatteras and other parts of the Outer Banks severely damaged and without power. 

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster gives an update on flooding from Florence Sept. 18.
SCETV

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said Wednesday that residents in evacuation zones still have time to leave before conditions deteriorate overnight as Hurricane Dorian approaches the coast of South Carolina. Substantial flooding has already begun in Charleston due to high tides of about 10 1/2 feet. McMaster said residents who decide to stay shouldn't underestimate the danger they may face.

At-large Democratic candidates for City Council participate in a "Charlotte Talks" forum Aug. 28.
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Police de-escalation training was a major topic Wednesday night among seven Democrats running in Charlotte's City Council at-large primary race. The event was hosted by WFAE’s "Charlotte Talks" at McGlohon Theater. Candidates were in agreement that there is no excuse for officers not to be wearing body cameras.

Matthew "Chew" Washington, founder of A Taste of the Lowcountry
A Taste of the Lowcountry

Something big is missing from Charlotte’s festival scene Saturday. The annual Taste of the Lowcountry event is on hiatus after 16 years. The man who provided a Taste of the Lowcountry died last month.

JOSH STEIN

Major phone companies like AT&T, Charter, Comcast, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have pledged to combat harassing robocalls that prey on vulnerable customers. The companies agreed to do more to stop the harassment at the prodding of a coalition of attorneys general led by North Carolina A.G. Josh Stein.

Queends University entrance
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Queens University announced today that it is joining the more than 1,000 colleges and universities around the country that have dropped or de-emphasized the SAT/ACT requirement for admission. Jen Johnson, vice president of marketing and admissions, says the university wants to evaluate students on more than test scores.

Chef Robert Irvine
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Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine is known for his tough-love approach helping restaurant owners turn around their failing businesses on his hit Food Network show Restaurant Impossible. But tonight he’s taking a softer approach. He’s preparing a three-course meal for Harris Teeter’s 30th Annual Chef’s Best at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Pixabay

Mecklenburg Commissioners voted 7-2 Wednesday night to oppose pending state legislation that would privatize liquor sales in North Carolina. Commissioner Mark Jerrell, who drafted the resolution, said doing away with ABC boards and privatizing alcohol sales will be “a disaster.”

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A former police chief of Columbia, South Carolina, pleaded guilty today to owning guns while using illegal drugs, according to the State newspaper.

UNC Charlotte / Stake Your Claim

In anticipation of students returning to UNC Charlotte for the fall semester, school officials have implemented new safety measures. This follows the April 30 shooting where four students were injured and two were killed.

The Carolina Panthers

The U.S. Women's National Soccer team is coming to Charlotte for the first time in almost 20 years. 

Lowe's Home Improvement

A number of Lowe’s workers across the U.S. will be losing their jobs, the home improvement company confirmed.

Rev. Dr. Raymond Worsley
The Worsley family

The Rev. Dr. William Raymond Worsley marched with local civil rights titans like Dr. Reginald Hawkins, Julius Chambers, Fred Alexander, and even Dr. Martin Luther King.

Greg "Catman" Good
The Good Family

For over two decades Greg Good, affectionately known as “Catman,” never missed a Carolina Panthers home game. Catman died last week, leaving a void at the Panthers' stadium and a legacy as a true Panthers superfan.  

His electric blue wig, elaborate Panthers inspired outfits and dance moves garnered him local and national attention. In 2015, he got inducted into the NFL hall of fame as a superfan.

Kemba Walker
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Point guard Kemba Walker says leaving the Charlotte Hornets was the toughest decision of his career.

Moises Munoz; Gold Cup; Soccer
Sarafina Wright

An international soccer tournament is returning to Charlotte this weekend. Next month European Soccer clubs Arsenal and Roma will play here as well. Is Charlotte becoming a premier destination for soccer fans? 

Robert Codaryl Harrison
CMPD

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Sexual Assault Unit is seeking the public’s help in locating Robert Codaryl Harrison. He is wanted for sexually assaulting a female security guard on June 3.

Kids Eat Free
Sarafina Wright

For the second year in a row, kids in the Charlotte area can eat free this summer at an Atrium hospital.

Durag Festival
Durag Festival

Jimi Thompson, known as Dammit Wesley, hears a lot of negative things about Charlotte. Like how the city has no culture, just condos. Last year, he set out to prove the critics wrong with the inaugural Durag Festival.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man wanted for sexually assaulting a female security guard early Monday morning. Lieutenant Muriel Hughes says the assault happened around 2:45 a.m. at an apartment building under construction in South End on New Bern Street.

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