At Democratic Convention, Obama To Rally For Clinton — And His Own Legacy

President Obama likes to say he has run his last campaign. But he's determined to give Hillary Clinton a running start toward her own November election, mindful that much of his legacy depends on her crossing the finish line into the White House."I'm ready to pass the baton," Obama told supporters at a joint rally with Clinton in Charlotte, N.C., earlier this month. "I know she can run that race: the race to create good jobs, and better schools, and safer streets, and a safer world."Obama...
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If you're watching the Democratic National Convention this week, wait for the camera to pan the audience. Pause the TV; now squint hard. On the first floor, just where the seats begin to slope up, is the North Carolina delegation. Sitting in that clump of delegates will be 18-year-old Evan Redmond, the youngest delegate to represent the state at this week's convention.

Donald Trump addressing VFW National Convention
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump laid out his plan to fix the country’s VA health care system. He was speaking Tuesday at the VFW convention in uptown Charlotte. Besides the plan, Trump also attacked Democratic rival Hilary Clinton, and some in the crowd joined in.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made at least six stops in North Carolina this election. But Monday night’s stop in Winston-Salem was the first to include Governor Pat McCrory. He warmed up the crowd with some jokes.


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The heat is back, and that's pushing power plants to the limit. Duke Energy is testing a new way to trim demand – with a competition that challenges customers to turn off the A/C on days when electricity demand is highest. Monday was one of those days. 

Updated 5:30 p.m.

Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars have gathered in Charlotte for their annual convention. The VFW convention is a chance for presidential contenders to make their case as to why they would be the best commander in chief.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton spoke to the group Monday (Donald Trump speaks Tuesday). WFAE's Tom Bullock talks to Mark Rumsey about her speech

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State representative Charles Jeter is stepping down and calling off his run for re-election this November. In a surprise announcement Monday morning, the Huntersville Republican says he needs to make his wife and children "the first priority in my life" right now.  

The former headmaster of a Huntersville Christian school has agreed to plead guilty to embezzling $9 million from the school and its affiliated church, and using it for personal expenses.

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What started as speculation over House Bill 2 has now become fact. The 2017 NBA All Star Game will not be played in Charlotte.

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Charlotte city staff have rejected the only two bids to expand the Gold Line, commonly called the streetcar. The plan now is to negotiate.

NBA's Decision 'PC BS,' McCrory Says

Jul 21, 2016

Joining Mike Collins on Charlotte Talks Friday, Governor Pat McCrory spoke out against the NBA's decision to move the 2017 All Star Game out of Charlotte. McCrory stood by House Bill Two and said blame should be placed on the city of Charlotte for passing its expansion of the city's non-discrimination ordinance, and on the media and groups like Human Rights Campaign for mischaracterizing HB2 and waging war against anyone who doesn't fully agree. 

Hear that and our Friday news roundup. 

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