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. 

Camping World, Flag
GANDER OUTDOORS

In Statesville – there’s a big flap brewing over a big flag. The city has sued “Camping World” because its American flag is deemed too big. The city passed an ordinance designed, in part, to prevent displays of big Confederate flags. But the prohibition also includes any big flag. That has angered the company’s CEO and others who say that’s un-American and unpatriotic – especially just before Memorial Day.

Ebony Moore

If you grew up in west Charlotte you knew Ebony Moore. We called her Miss Ebony. She was a towering presence, vivacious, a never-ending bag of energy. When she walked into a room she owned it. Those qualities are what she desired to pass on to the hundreds of boys and girls who went through Miss Ebony’s School of Etiquette, Miss Ebony’s Angels modeling troupe or her summer Diva Day Camp.

File photo of CATS CEO John Lewis
David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte Area Transit System CEO John Lewis addressed criticism of the decision to avoid the heart of uptown in plans for a tunnel that would take riders to the airport. He spoke Monday on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks.

A woman was arrested after police say she hit and killed a man walking his two dogs in Kannapolis early Monday morning.

Catawba County Sheriff's Office

A man wanted in his wife’s murder in Catawba County is now in custody, county officials confirm. Joseph Barker is charged with murder in the death of 43-year-old Crystal Johnson Barker.

Travis Long / News & Observer

The Executive Director of the North Carolina Republican Party Dallas Woodhouse will step down following the party's state convention in June. Woodhouse confirmed his plans to depart to WBTV on Monday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

CMPD is investigating a homicide Monday morning in east Charlotte that left one man dead. Officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call around 8:20 a.m. off The Plaza.

Courtesy of Dreamville Festival

The killing of 33-year-old rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle last month in Los Angeles has echoed around the world. Candlelight vigils were held for him across the United States, in London and even here, in Charlotte.

J. Cole
Dreamville Festival

Some of the biggest music festivals take place this month. Coachella in California, Broccoli City in Washington, DC and MerleFest in Wilkesboro. And on Saturday, a music festival in Raleigh backed by one of hip-hop's biggest names hopes of someday having similar prestige.

Townhomes at Bryant Park start in the low $300,000s. The development took the place of Westwood Apartments.
Lisa Worf / WFAE

Mecklenburg County Assessor Ken Joyner warns residents of fake revaluation notices targeting Charlotte residents by a local real estate company. He said his office learned of this occurring on Thursday.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday that the state is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information about the unsolved killing of a 7-year-old boy in Charlotte in 2015.

Kendal Crank
Facebook

Update 3:51 p.m.

CMPD has made three arrests in connection with the killing of a Charlotte mom who was caught in the crossfire of a shootout yesterday.

The chief executive of Wells Fargo faced another round of testy hearings on Tuesday before a Congressional panel about the bank's series of violations that have resulted in more than $3 billion in fines in the last three years. Rep. Maxine Waters, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, scolded CEO Tim Sloan for what she said is continued customer abuse.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
NICK DE LA CANAL / WFAE

The City of Charlotte now has a new records request tracker. The feature on the Open Data Portal tracks the status of your public records request, and others can too. Britt Clampitt, of the City of Charlotte, said the move is about transparency.

“You can go on there and you can just look through all the public records request we’ve received across the city — from members of the media, residents, or really anybody who ask for records from the city," Clampitt said. "You can search records, you can see who requested them... when, and the status of those records.”

CMPD HQ
WFAE

A CMPD officer is charged with obtaining property by false sretenses. CMPD says Officer Todd Beltrone falsified his time sheet at least 19 times since July, receiving about $7,000 for work he didn’t perform.

NCDOT

The section of Interstate 40 closed by a mudslide near the Tennessee state line will remain shut down through at least Thursday.

CMPD HQ
WFAE

CMPD is seeking the public's help in solving the murder of a man who was found dead in west Charlotte Monday morning. 35-year-old Melson Quince was discovered hours after officers responded to an initial call of gunshots at Club Nikki’s on Little Rock Road.

NBA All-Star
Sarafina Wright

This All-Star weekend, the NBA takes center stage. But around Charlotte, the mothers, wives and partners of your favorite players held events to empower women.

With NBA All-Star game uptown this weekend, the Charlotte Hornets are getting more attention.

But there was a time when Charlotte was a two-basketball-team city - the Hornets and their sister team, the Charlotte Sting. Dawn Staley was one of the most well-known players for the Sting.

Anthony Hamilton / Twitter

Charlotte’s own R&B star Anthony Hamilton will perform the national anthem at the 68th annual NBA All-Star Game Sunday. Hamilton said he hopes he can put a new meaning on the Star Spangled Banner.

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