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Updated: Thursday at 10:45 a.m.

In Durham Thursday, multiple streets remain closed after a gas explosion rocked the city's downtown Wednesday morning. The explosion reduced a two-story brick building into rubble and sent plumes of smoke billowing over the city.

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State Superintendent Mark Johnson was the lone person to speak in favor of proposed legislation that would give money for classroom supplies directly to teachers during the state board of education meeting Thursday. State school board members raised concerns that mirror those of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials who are concerned that Senate Bill 580 would not provide enough money for classroom materials.

North Carolina Department of Insurance

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said it was made clear to him when he took office that Global Bankers Insurance Group was treated differently than other companies under his predecessor, Wayne Goodwin.


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Updated: Wednesday at 10:31 a.m.

North Carolina GOP Chairman Robin Hayes was one of four people indicted in connection with an investigation involving donations made to the state Republican Party.

North Carolina Republican Party chairman Robin Hayes says he will not run for re-election.

The city plans to buy and renovate the 98-unit Sharon Oaks apartments in east Charlotte.
City of Charlotte

The Charlotte City Council on Monday unanimously approved spending $2.1 million to help developers acquire and renovate an east Charlotte apartment complex called Sharon Oaks to preserve what city officials call "naturally occurring affordable housing," or NOAH.

Spectrum Center

For the first time in nearly 30 years, Charlotte’s hosting the NBA All-Star Game. The event, which will last four days from Friday to Monday (Feb. 14 to Feb. 17) and is expected to have a $100 million economic impact on the city, is set to take over uptown. With more than 150,000 expected visitors and numerous parties, Charlotteans will undoubtedly feel the game’s presence as they try to navigate their weekends.

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After nearly a year of meetings and discussions, Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members are still trying to hammer out an equity policy for the district. It would direct district officials in addressing achievement gaps between whites and students of color and other educational disparities stemming from racial and economic factors.

A federal appeals court has ruled that the $7 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline cannot be built across national forest land and the Appalachian Trail.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Updated at 8:55 p.m.
A federal appeals court in Virginia has ruled that the $7 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline cannot be built across national forest land and the Appalachian Trail in west central Virginia.

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Public faith in Facebook has been rocky in 2018, amid scandals involving data breaches and the spread of misinformation. Despite a rocky year, some in Charlotte remain loyal to — and active on — the platform, including small businesses.

Era Polymers

Australian plastics manufacturer Era Polymer Corporation plans to open its first U.S. industrial facility in Gaston County, creating 20 new jobs in the area and promising to invest $9.2 million in the town of Stanley.

UNC Charlotte

In a decision that’s not entirely unexpected, UNC Charlotte is letting go of head coach Brad Lambert and is opening up a national search to fill the position immediately.

UNC Chapel Hill Libraries

The Salisbury Police Department is investigating the vandalism of a Confederate monument that occurred early Saturday morning.

Salisbury Holiday Caravan Parade

The group that organizes the annual holiday parade in Salisbury and Spencer announced this week that it's shutting down the event. Holiday Caravan cites hate mail and threats to protest the parade as part of the reason.

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Mecklenburg County health officials say at least 19 residents of an east Charlotte apartment complex were hospitalized over the weekend after eating the same dish at a birthday party.  A small number remain in intensive care units, including two children.

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Primaries are gearing up in North Carolina and the voter registrationf deadline is fast approaching. Here's what voters in Mecklenburg County need to know in preparation for the elections.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Duke Energy says the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline is on track to open in late 2019, even though it's still awaiting final state and federal approvals. But CEO Lynn Good said delays and more stringent conditions from regulators have pushed the project's price tag up - to between $6 billion and $6.5 billion.

Updated at 10:15 p.m. ET

Shaun White pulled off a gold-medal comeback in the halfpipe, and Japan's Ayumu Hirano won silver on the strength of a phenomenal second run.

CORRECTION: An early version of this story reported that White had won silver — that was reported after the second run had completed. On his third run, White won gold.

Canadian Parliamentary Minister and NAFTA advisor Andrew Leslie addressed the World Affairs Council of Charlotte Thursday.
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Updated Friday, Jan. 26, 2018
President Trump has threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, which he once called "the worst deal ever." As negotiations on the treaty continue this week, a top Canadian official visited Charlotte Thursday to argue that NAFTA actually is good for the US, Canada and Mexico - and for North Carolina.