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First Day Of Early Voting Brings Long Lines To Charlotte

The first day of early voting in North Carolina kicked off with long lines in Charlotte and an appearance from Hillary Clinton’s running mate Senator Tim Kaine. WFAE’s Sarah Delia has more.
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Dr. Zoe Maher has never been busier. In addition to being a trauma surgeon and a new mom, she's spent the last year and half talking to hospital patients and community groups across Philadelphia about a study she's confident will save more adult gunshot and stab wound victims.

Mark Washburn / Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer

In his two decades in law enforcement, Det. Josh Gibson has investigated everything from a stolen can of beer to a double homicide.

But nothing has been like the cases he’s handled in the last month – he’s been hunting for looters from the Charlotte riots in September, and he’s awash in evidence.

A lab technician handles water samples in June 2016 at Charlotte Water's laboratory off Billy Graham Parkway.
David Boraks / WFAE

Tests required by state and federal regulators have found no problems with lead or copper in Charlotte's water.  

Charlotte Water tested a total of 164 homes built before 1985, when lead was banned in plumbing. Just six had detectable lead levels, but all were below the federal EPA action level, according to Charlotte Water.

Final Presidential Debate Fact Check

Oct 19, 2016

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

A woman in Plaza Midwood pauses at a makeshift memorial for Katherine Jones, whose body was found at the site early Saturday.
Adam Bell / Charlotte Observer

Two fatal shootings within a few days of each other last week have residents a bit on edge. Both shootings appear to be random although police are saying little about either case.

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Tom Bullock / WFAE

Early voting begins Thursday in Mecklenburg County and across North Carolina. Because of a federal appeals court decision, it's an earlier start this year than Republican lawmakers wanted.

Early voting cuts were part of a 2013 election overhaul the appeals judges described as "the most restrictive voting law North Carolina has seen since the era of Jim Crow."

A worker at the U.S. National Whitewater Center releases chlorine into the basin below the rafting channel in July.
Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County commissioners Tuesday night unanimously approved water-quality regulations for the U.S. National Whitewater Center. That follows an Ohio teenager's death this summer from a rare brain infection she contracted after rafting at the center. 

City of Norfolk

Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte City Council has agreed to hire Norfolk, Va., City Manager Marcus D. Jones as its new manager, and will vote on a contract Wednesday afternoon.

Jones will be the city’s first African-American manager. His hiring comes at a crucial time for Charlotte, which saw days of civil unrest after the Sept. 20 police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.


Tuesday night three men took the stage for the final North Carolina gubernatorial debate of 2016. And while Libertarian candidate Lon Cecil remained rather calm, Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Roy Cooper got down right testy with each other. WFAE’s Tom Bullock joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry with a recap and some fact checking.

The final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. It's the last chance either candidate will have to make a closing argument before tens of millions of voters.

It follows yet another unprecedented week in the campaign, in which Trump has repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of the election, predicting that it will be stolen from him through media bias and massive voter fraud.


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In Good Taste: Who's Too Old to Trick or Treat?

Oct 17, 2016
packs of candy
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Dear Etta Kate: We are starting to stockpile our Halloween candy, and my family is having an argument. When are kids too old to trick-or-treat? How about adults? My husband wants to put on a costume and go knocking on doors with our kids, who are 13 and 14. They flat-out refuse and say that’s just for little kids. I tend to agree, and I think their dad is somehow reliving his own sugar-coated childhood. What should I do? Signed, Candy in Kannapolis

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