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. 

 Ruijuan Guo
CMPD

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have arrested and charged three men with murder in the 2016 robbery and killing of 33-year-old Union County elementary school teacher Ruijuan Guo.

Mint Hill Police
Mint Hill Police

A Facebook post by the Mint Hill Police Department that jokingly warned the public of "untrustworthy drug dealers" has gone viral, with news mentions in cities from California to Great Britain. 

Mark Rumsey / WFAE

The only homeless day shelter in Rock Hill will close its doors Wednesday night, but another group has stepped up so people served by the shelter will have somewhere to go.

Iris Smalls-Hubbard, executive director of Renew Our Community, said social services nonprofit Pathways will take over the operation on a day-to-day basis.

Harlem 100
Harlem 100

The Harlem Renaissance is coming to Charlotte on Tuesday in the form of a variety show that remembers the bustling African American arts and culture scene that kicked off in New York City almost 100 years ago.

Students in Leslie Nielsen's class at Community House Middle School in Charlotte work on posters seeking gift cards for Ocracoke School, which was damaged during Hurricane Dorian.
ANN DOSS HELMS / WFAE

More than a month after Hurricane Dorian devastated large portions of the east coast, students on Ocracoke Island have been given a return date to portions of their school building.

CMPD vehicle
NICK DE LA CANAL / WFAE

Updated 12:40 p.m. Tuesday

CMPD identified the man shot and wounded at the scene of a fire yesterday in uptown Charlotte as 74-year-old John W. Holaday.

Holaday is the CEO of Disposerx, a North Carolina company that specializes in drug disposal. A 16-year-old has been charged in the shooting, which occured just before 4 p.m. Monday near the scene of the fire at a restaurant on North College Street near the Bank of America Center.

Smoke from a fire at Rooster's in uptown Charlotte.
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The Charlotte Fire Department has contained a fire in the heart of uptown Monday afternoon.

U.S. Rep. Alma Adams said Republicans knew about possible fraud in their 2018 primary, but didn't report it.
David Boraks / WFAE

As the impeachment inquiry into President Trump moves along in the U.S. House of Representatives, more Democrats including presidential candidates are backing the move by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Congresswoman Alma Adams representing the 12th District told WFAE she fully supports the impeachment proceedings. 

The North Carolina legislative building is seen in Raleigh.
NICK DE LA CANAL / WFAE

Updated 6:40 a.m. Tuesday

The fight among state Democratic and Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly over an unexpected veto-override vote of the state budget continues.

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.
DANIEL COSTON / FOR WFAE

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
chefirvine.com

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. 

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