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When the state posts enrollment tallies this fall, it’s a safe bet that the three biggest schools in North Carolina will be Ardrey Kell, South Mecklenburg and Myers Park high schools. They’re all south of uptown Charlotte, and each of them draws more than 3,000 students.

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Something new is in the works for Ballantyne: affordable housing. Developer Northwood Office says it plans to make that part of a massive project it’s planning near the Ballantyne Hotel.

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Around 175 affordable housing units are being planned for Charlotte’s Ballantyne neighborhood.

Charlotte skyline, UNC Charlotte Center City First Ward Park
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Another month brings another big tech announcement for Charlotte. Financial software company AvidXchange says it’s planning to build a second headquarters at the Music Factory just outside uptown and increase its workforce by 1,200.

What remains of a home in Ballantyne after an explosion Tuesday, July 2.
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The Charlotte Fire Department met with media Wednesday regarding the ongoing investigation into a residential explosion in Ballantyne.

The house on James Jack Lane was a pile of rubble Wednesday after Tuesday's deadly explosion.
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Investigators continued searching the rubble of a south Charlotte home Wednesday as they try to learn what caused an explosion Tuesday that killed one person and seriously hurt another. 

Charlotte Fire Department

Police have identified the woman who died and the man who was injured in an explosion Tuesday at a house in Charlotte's Ballantyne area.

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Updated 4:24 p.m. 

Wednesday afternoon, Charlotte Fire Marshall John Leonard said investigators determined an interior gas leak caused the explosion that leveled a home in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte. 

Rania Karam, 58, was killed when her home on James Jack Lane exploded around 1:45 p.m.  Her husband, Jebran Karam, a cardiologist practicing at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, West Virginia, was seriously injured in the explosion.

The fire department says it took rescuers about seven hours find Rania Karam in the debris. 

Wingate MBA Programs Move To Ballantyne

Jun 5, 2013
Wingate University

Wingate University will move its MBA and graduate education programs to Ballantyne in August. The school has outgrown its current business-oriented campus in Matthews and is eager to tap the pool of potential students in Ballantyne Corporate Park, says Wingate vice president of graduate and professional programs Robert Supernaw.

"There are 13,000 employees in the corporate park and our sense is that if we provide coursework here in a very business-friendly environment that it'll be a win win," says Supernaw. "And it's just a gorgeous building."

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department

Think about this for a moment - back in 1960, the entire city of Charlotte was just 35 square miles.  Today it's more than 300 square miles. That's a 700 percent expansion as one neighborhood after another got swallowed up through annexation.

But now, there's not much land left to annex and recent changes to state law will make future annexation much harder.  No big deal, right?  Many people think Charlotte's plenty big. What few realize is the role annexation has played in the city's budget and tax rates over the years. WFAE's Julie Rose explains.

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As the Charlotte City Council works to find agreement on a proposed tax increase to pay for infrastructure improvements, Mayor Anthony Foxx is pitching his preferred approach in town hall meetings across the city. Thursday night, he ventured into unfriendly territory at the Ballantyne Hotel where a crowd of about 100 challenged his proposal. 

Mayor Foxx was about 30 minutes into his presentation explaining the rationale for a $1 billion infrastructure plan paid for by a 3.5 cent property tax hike before he finally mentioned the piece he knew would draw fire from the group.