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Local News Roundup: Delta Variant Sends COVID Trends In 'Wrong Direction'; NC Urges Students To Wear Face Masks Indoors

Face Masks Students
Nancy Pierce
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Parents and educators have been faced with a raft of recommendations about face masks in schools. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper released new face mask guidance for public schools days after a national group of pediatricians issued its own advice on masks.

The mask recommendations came against the backdrop of rising hospitalizations and COVID-19 cases caused by the delta variant.

As pressure mounted on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools over sexual assault allegations at Myers Park High School, the superintendent talked publicly about the scandal.

Candidates in North Carolina's high-profile U.S. Senate race continued to build up their bank accounts, while North Carolina athletes made their way to Tokyo for the Summer Olympics.

Our roundtable of reporters will discuss those and other top news of the week.


Steve Harrison, WFAE political reporter and writer for the Inside Politics newsletter (@Sharrison_WFAE)

Alison Kuznitz, local government reporter for The Charlotte Observer (@AlisonKuznitz)

Nick Ochsner, WBTV chief investigative reporter (@NickOchsnerWBTV)

A veteran of Charlotte radio news, Chris joined the "Charlotte Talks" staff in January 2016, but has been listening to WFAE since discovering the station as a high schooler.