With the midterm election only weeks away, Mike Collins will preview the races in WFAE's "Charlotte Talks Midterm Election Special," which will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Booth Playhouse.

A Turkish court has convicted an American pastor at the center of a Turkish-American diplomatic dispute of terror charges, but has released him from house arrest and allowed him to leave Turkey.

The court near the western city of Izmir on Friday sentenced Andrew Brunson, who has roots in North Carolina, to 3 years and 1 month in prison for the conviction, but since the evangelical pastor has already spent two years in detention he won't serve more time.

Brunson, 50, had rejected the espionage and terror-related charges and strongly maintained his innocence.

A tree fallen on powerlines on Tom Hunter Road in Charlotte.
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Updated: 1:45 p.m.

Power outages have persisted across North Carolina and the Charlotte region after Tropical Storm Michael swept through Thursday.

There are more than 409,000 power outages in the state with the highest concentration in Guilford County, where Duke Energy reports 93,773 customers without power. In Mecklenburg County, there are still 27,956 Duke Energy customers without power.

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Updated: 5:55 p.m.

Tropical Storm Michael continues to move northeast at 24 mph. The storm is expected to pick up speed on its path toward the Atlantic Ocean, where it will exit the Atlantic Coast Thursday night.

National Hurricane Center

Updated 6:10 a.m.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are closed today because of Hurricane Michael. CMS joins other area school districts that have announced school closures, citing safety of students and staff.

FILE: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper holds a press conference to discuss Hurricane Michael.

Updated: 8:50 p.m.

Hurricane Michael is slowing down as it moves through southwestern Georgia. Michael has been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained wind speeds of 90 miles-per-hour.

Bank of America Stadium
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Bank of America Stadium has been chosen to host one of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup matches featuring Mexico's national team, according to an announcement made by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.

National Hurricane Center

Updated 5:20 p.m. Tuesday

Michael has strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained wind speeds of 120 miles-per-hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board of education has received a national award for work highlighting student achievement gaps based on race and poverty.

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Second Lady Karen Pence is coming to Charlotte Monday to kick off a rally in support of District 9 Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris.