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Matt Walsh / Charlotte Observer

We’ve heard a lot about sexual assault this week, with the sentencing of Bill Cosby and Thursday’s hearing on Capitol Hill where we heard from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser.

The cases were on the mind of Charlotte defense attorney George Laughrun in Mecklenburg County Superior Court Thursday when objecting to a witness's answer in the rape trial of former UNC Charlotte football player Kevin Olsen.  

Matt Walsh / Charlotte Observer

A sexual assault nurse examiner testified Wednesday in the trial of Kevin Olsen that she found bruises and a laceration on the woman who has accused him of rape.

Matt Walsh / Charlotte Observer

A text message exchange in which Kevin Olsen’s accuser told a friend Olsen isn’t a rapist was one focus of testimony in the second day of the rape trial. 

The rape trial involving former UNC Charlotte quarterback Kevin Olsen began with his accuser taking the stand yesterday.

FILE: This man had his belongings stashed in front of an apartment building in uptown Charlotte in January 2018.
David Boraks / WFAE

More people are homeless in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County this year, and those in homeless shelters and transitional homes are staying longer. That's according to a new report on housing and homelessness commissioned by the city and county, and authored by UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute. The annual report took a different look at homelessness this time around.

Zuri Berry / WFAE

UNC Charlotte confirmed Thursday that the football stadium will remain Jerry Richardson Stadium.

A school spokesman said in a statement that the Board of Trustees for UNC Charlotte has determined that the university will “honor the naming rights agreement” with Richardson.

A proposed hotel and conference center on UNC Charlotte’s campus took another step forward last night.

A roof collapsed on a construction site at UNC Charlotte Friday, injuring one worker.
Justin Lape

One person is injured after a roof collapsed on a construction site on the campus of UNC Charlotte. Construction workers were working Friday afternoon on a new indoor batting facility near Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium when the trusses collapsed. 

Rendering of the planned Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at UNC Charlotte.
UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is hoping to expand again with a proposed hotel and conference center on campus next to the light rail stop on North Tryon. The project would be nestled at the corner of JW Clay Boulevard and North Tryon Street near the JW Clay light rail station. The university says the project would have a lot of benefits, including building its academic reputation by allowing the school to host large conferences.

Amanda Ruiz

A typical image for a college graduation ceremony involves proud parents taking pictures of their kids in cap and gown. Of course, many graduates are also parents themselves, like Amanda Ruiz. She says a scholarship program geared to mothers helped her graduate within three years.