Governor McCrory talks about storm damage
NC Governor's Office

The Carolinas escaped the full brunt of Hurricane Joaquin this weekend, as the Category 4 storm turned northeast into the Atlantic. But the side effects of Joaquin are with us for at least another day, with heavy rain still soaking the region and high winds toppling trees and knocking out power to thousands of homes. At least five people have died this weekend on the East Coast in accidents related to the storm. 

Hurricane Joachim continues to head east, away from the U.S. east coast, but heavy rain is hitting the Carolinas. About 2 inches of rain fell in the Charlotte area between Friday morning and noon Saturday, according to the National Weather Service

More than 10,000 Duke Energy customers in the Charlotte area were without power Saturday morning. That number was down to about 2,500 at of 2 p.m.

A fox that bit three kids and scratched an adult Wednesday in Charlotte tested positive for rabies. 

The fox was sleeping in a flower bed at Primrose preschool in Steele Creek, when Melissa Knicely with CMPD Animal Care and Control said it woke up, made its way through a fence, bit two children, and scratched a teacher trying to fend the fox off.  Knicely said officers suspected rabies right away. 

McCrory Declares State Of Emergency For NC As Joaquin Continues To Intensify

Oct 1, 2015
State of North Carolina

Charlotte Talks

Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday declared a state of emergency for all 100 N.C. counties in anticipation of Hurricane Joaquin, upgraded mid-afternoon to a powerful Category 4 storm.

McCrory said the storm that’s moving up the Atlantic from the Bahamas could deliver 5 to 7 inches of rain to most of the already rain-saturated state, and up to 10 inches in the mountains.

Gabbi Santander

You’ve probably seen the image before. A Mexican dressed in a traditional white shirt and sarape, a huge sombrero covering his face. He sleeps against a wall, or sometimes a cactus.

Some people have named him Pancho, or Ramón. But often he’s referred to simply as the sleeping Mexican.

Tom Bullock / WFAE

Next Tuesday, a runoff election will decide if Dan Clodfelter or Jennifer Roberts will be the Democrat’s nominee for mayor of Charlotte. On Wednesday morning, the candidates faced off at the McGlohon Theater, in a live debate on Charlotte Talks.

Gwendolyn Glenn/WFAE

Charlotte’s city council approved the zoning for a mixed-use development in the historically African-American Cherry community Monday night after voting down the same project last week. 

Developers presented much of the same design for the Cherry project to council members. It calls for up to 300 residential units with ground level retail, a 225-room hotel and a 7,000 square-foot parking lot to be built on two acres at Baxter Street and Kings Drive. There’s just one small change. The height of the building was reduced from 106 feet to 100 feet.

NC General Assembly

A number of controversial bills are before the North Carolina House today. They include stripping some key powers from municipalities and making school districts give more to charter schools. The House will reconvene at 7 o’clock Tuesday night. Joining All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey to catch us up on what’s happened so far are WFAE’s Tom Bullock and Lisa Worf. 

Ben Bradford / WFAE

In North Carolina, what started with a record state fine over one coal ash facility is now ending with a much smaller price tag that'll cover all of Duke Energy's coal ash facilities. The state environmental department announced Tuesday it's settling the lawsuit, in part because of conflicting guidance from the McCrory and Perdue administrations on fines.

Courtesy: Levine Center for the Arts

Kicking off a Levine Center for the Arts media event Monday morning, the president/CEOs of the center’s four member institutions indulged in their own act of self-referential performance art by mimicking the famous star-packed Ellen DeGeneres “selfie” from last year’s Academy Awards. Out came the selfie stick; up went the “say cheese” smiles.