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Some riders on Lynx Blue Line trains are wearing masks these days.
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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles says the city could shut down public transit if there's a surge of COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks.  The mayor raised that possibility during a virtual Q&A session Friday morning, but stopped short of saying anything definitive.

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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said Friday the city is still planning to host the Republican National Convention Aug. 24-27, though she said the coronavirus pandemic could upend the RNC.


Leaders of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are trying to get the community thinking about the future of school construction, even as they seek more money for the projects already approved.

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We are beginning the second year of our affordable housing series, Finding Home. In 2019, we had a story nearly every Monday on the Charlotte area’s affordable housing crisis. In 2020, Finding Home airs every other Monday on "Morning Edition," And we start with today’s guest, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles.

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It was no surprise when it was announced Tuesday that Charlotte is getting a Major League Soccer expansion team.

But elected officials at the announcement didn’t reveal details of how the city of Charlotte and owner David Tepper will spend $110 million in public money set aside for the team’s stadium, headquarters and even an entertainment district.


Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles testified Wednesday in Washington before a U.S. House subcommittee on energy and climate change. 

Julie Eiselt and Vi Lyles

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In the Charlotte City Council at-large race, mayor pro tem Julie Eiselt led the way to reelection with 23.9% of all votes Tuesday. Braxton Winston narrowly led James “Smuggie” Mitchell for the next-highest vote total, with Winston recording 22.07% while Mitchell had 22.04%.  Dimple Ajmera was in fourth with 20%.

That is based on all 195 precincts reporting.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles joined Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins Thursday, Dec. 13.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles beat four Democratic challengers with nearly 87% of the vote in Tuesday's partisan municipal primaries. The first-term mayor will face Republican and perennial candidate David Michael Rice in November.

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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said Tuesday's deadly shooting at UNC Charlotte and other recent shootings have put "a cloud" over the city.  She spoke with WFAE "Morning Edition" host Lisa Worf early Wednesday about her reaction and what she sees as the city's challenges. 

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The Charlotte City Council on Monday approved funding for seven affordable housing projects, but voted 7-2 against the proposed Parkside at Hickory Grove in east Charlotte.

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A group of environmentalists Monday criticized Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles' decision to disband a stand-alone environmental committee as part of a shuffling of council assignments and committees.

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After activists criticized Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles for not condemning federal immigration raids last week, Lyles on Monday released a "Letter to the Community" that tried to address the issue.

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The last time Charlotte hosted the NBA All-Star Game was in 1991 at the Coliseum, and it was a relatively small affair.

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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles gave the Charlotte Museum of History a $50,000 city check Thursday morning to help preserve and move the Siloam School off Mallard Creek Church Road.

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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles marked the end of 2018 in office Monday morning. Lyles said in a news conference she counts the year as a success and highlighted the more than $200 million of bond money passed in November to address a shortage of affordable housing and city infrastructure needs, and the 3,500 jobs brought to Charlotte in December alone.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles joined Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins Thursday, Dec. 13.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said she has not been told about a possible move of the Carolina Panthers' headquarters to South Carolina.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles announced updated statistics on policing and affordable housing with several City Council members behind her at the Brightwalk community near Uptown on Friday.
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Charlotte officials released a community commitment report to give an update on promises the City Council made to residents in 2016.

Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones will discuss red light cameras during tonight’s City Council meeting.

Last month, Jones recommended against bringing them back to Charlotte. That recommendation concerns Mayor Vi Lyles.

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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles says she expects a formal study of CMPD compensation will result in the city doing a better job of retaining and recruiting officers.

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Red light cameras are back on the radar of Charlotte officials despite a recommendation from city manager Marcus Jones to not use them. But Mayor Vi Lyles and some council members want more information to justify his decision.