Steve Harrison

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Since taking over the U.S. Postal Service in June, Greensboro businessman Louis DeJoy has made a number of changes, including a sweeping shake-up of top executives last week. And in an effort to make the organization more financially stable, he’s cut overtime and said late-arriving mail will now be left behind by carriers and delivered the next day. 

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The Atrium and Novant health systems said Monday they will be testing and screening people attending and involved with the Republican National Convention that starts in Charlotte in less than two weeks.

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North Carolina health officials will allow the small Republican National Convention to have more than 10 people gathered indoors at a time, an accommodation the state said it's making "in the spirit of accommodating the unique interests and needs of the convention."

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act.
LBJ Library photo by Robert Knudsen

Fifty-five years ago Thursday, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. But a key part of that law was removed in 2013, in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Shelby County v. Holder. That 5-4 decision removed section 4(b), which contained a formula to determine which states or counties needed federal approval before making changes to voting.

Forty North Carolina counties were covered under that formula. Its removal touched off a series of battles over voting in North Carolina that’s still unresolved today. 

The GOP says delegates will wear masks at the small business-only convention in Charlotte

The Republican National Committee on Wednesday released its health plan for its upcoming business-only convention in Charlotte that starts in less than three weeks.

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For the first three full months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mecklenburg County paramedics responding to 911 calls found an unusually high number of dead bodies when they arrived.

Nicole Quick
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The last time redistricting was at stake, in 2010, Republicans flipped 20 state legislative chambers from blue to red nationwide, including both houses in North Carolina. They seized control of mapmaking after the census.

This time, Democrats are mobilizing.

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President Trump on Thursday called off the Jacksonville, Florida, portion of the Republican National Convention, saying, “it’s not the right time” for a large convention. The GOP last month moved most of the convention from Charlotte after Gov. Roy Cooper wouldn’t guarantee the Republicans a packed house at the Spectrum Center.


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education voted Wednesday to have virtual school indefinitely after two weeks of in-person classes. What comes next?


Mecklenburg County has 25 full-time contact tracers and another 100 people working part-time to help prevent further spread of the coronavirus. But those workers have been hampered by people not providing phone numbers or addresses for their close contacts.

Mecklenburg County Commissioners

Mecklenburg County commissioners on Tuesday night discussed shutting down the county again because of rising COVID-19 hospitalizations and confirmed cases.

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest over the weekend gave an interview with the Hendersonville Times-News in which he questioned Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s mandate that North Carolinians wear masks in public when social distancing isn’t possible.

Wake Forest Baptist Health

study by Wake Forest Baptist Health has found that between 12-14% of people tested in North Carolina have antibodies for the coronavirus -- meaning they have been exposed to the virus -- with most of them showing little or no symptoms. 

Madison Cawthorn campaign

Last week, conservative Madison Cawthorn, who is 24, won a runoff election in the GOP primary for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, which is centered around Asheville.

City of Jacksonville

The Republican National Committee moved most of its convention from Charlotte to Jacksonville, Florida, in part because President Trump did not want delegates wearing masks.

But the city of Jacksonville announced on Monday that it's now requiring face coverings in all indoor and public spaces when social distancing isn't possible.

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About a week after North Carolina’s stay-at-home began in late March, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police confronted protesters outside an abortion provider in east Charlotte. Saying the group violated the limit on mass gatherings, CMPD arrested eight anti-abortion rights protesters.

Thom Tillis

A new TV and digital ad campaign for U.S. Republican Sen. Thom Tillis features one of the owners of Lancaster’s BBQ & Wings in Mooresville, which was sued by the federal government in 2018 over accusations that it “subjected a black employee to a racially hostile work environment.” 

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The local host committee for Charlotte's 2020 Republican National Committee said Friday that its work has been met with "broken promises" and that "we need to stop pretending there's any part of the convention that will remain in Charlotte."

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Charlotte -- long slated to host the 2020 Republican National Convention -- has now lost the convention's main event. 

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The RNC's executive committee voted on Wednesday night to keep official convention business in Charlotte - but it sharply limited the number of delegates attending to 336, according to an RNC official.

Visit Jacksonville

The Republican National Committee has tentatively decided to move much of its political convention to Jacksonville, Florida, while leaving some of the business aspects of the convention in Charlotte, according to a story in the Washington Post.


Charlotte City Council voted 9-2 on Monday to support a motion by at-large council member Braxton Winston to prohibit the police department from buying tear gas for the next fiscal year, which begins in July.

Savannah, Georgia

Top Republican officials toured Savannah, Georgia, on Monday as a possible site for much of the Republican National Convention.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney on June 3 answers questions about his officers' use of tear gas during protests.
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A proposal by at-large Charlotte City Council member Braxton Winston to prohibit Charlotte police from buying more tear gas faces a tough road to passage Monday, but council members may support a resolution that seeks to have CMPD align with policies from a national organization, Campaign Zero.

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Thursday marked the seventh straight day that demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality were held in Charlotte.

Spectrum Center

The city of Charlotte said Wednesday that it has spent $14 million to prepare for the Republican National Convention -- an event that may not happen in the city at all.  

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The city of Nashville, Tennessee  -- a possible site for a relocated Republican National Convention -- doesn’t plan to pursue all or parts of the event, according to the mayor’s office.

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President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday evening that the RNC will be "forced to seek another state to host" the event that is slated to be held in Charlotte's Spectrum Center in August. The GOP, however, clarified that the "celebration of the president's acceptance" of the nomination will take place in another city, but the business side of the convention could remain in Charlotte.

Spectrum Center

As tensions mount over whether the 2020 Republican National Convention will actually be held in Charlotte during the coronavirus pandemic, North Carolina's governor is telling organizers they need to plan for a scaled-down event with face masks.

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, meanwhile, says the GOP is ready to "begin visiting" other cities and states for possible venues. 

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Monday the Black Lives Matter movement took to the streets of Myers Park  on the fourth day of protests over the death of George Floyd.