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Republican administrations across the country have opposed the Obama administration’s plan to regulate carbon emissions since it was first announced, and North Carolina is no exception. Last year, Governor Pat McCrory joined eight other governors in a letter that argued the rule would effectively ban coal. North Carolina did not join a lawsuit against the EPA’s first draft, which a federal judge dismissed in June.

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The first day of opening arguments and testimony is over in the Randall Kerrick trial. The defense and prosecution spent a great deal of the day cross-examining key witnesses.

Charlotte Observer

After nearly two weeks of jury selection, opening arguments get underway today in the trial of former CMPD officer Randall Kerrick. Kerrick faces up to 11 years in prison for fatally shooting 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell two years ago.

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Campaign finance reports normally make news for dubious reasons like a controversial donor or questionable spending by candidates. It’s rare they make news for blunt honesty. Rare, but it does happen.

Last Friday was a big day for North Carolina politicians, whether they’re running for office this year or not. Anyone actively raising money for a campaign of any type had to file their finance reports for the first half of this year. They show amount of cash raised, amount of cash spent and what’s known as cash on hand.

Still photography and video coverage will be allowed in the courtroom when the trial of former CMPD officer Randall Kerrick begins Monday. But Judge Robert Ervin also ruled Friday that live streaming of the trial proceedings will not be permitted, and reporters will not be allowed to make live social media postings from the courtroom.
 
Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell two years ago.  Kerrick and two other officers encountered Ferrell when they responded to a 9-1-1 call in east Charlotte in September 2013.  

The fate of North Carolina's voting overhaul is now in the hands of a federal judge, after a three-week trial wrapped up Friday in Winston-Salem. The overhaul cut the early voting period by a week, eliminated same-day registration, and prohibited the counting of out-of-precinct ballots. Federal judge Thomas Schroeder had a variety of questions for those suing and defending North Carolina. WFAE's Michael Tomsic was in the courtroom and joined Jennifer Montague to discuss closing arguments.

Tom Bullock

A building in Charlotte’s Uptown is experiencing a new, albeit final phase of life. WFAE’s Sarah Delia visited the structure before it’s torn down to see how its remaining days are being put to artistic use.


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There are two dates that loom large for parents, teachers, students and administrators in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The first is August 14, the self-imposed deadline for the General Assembly to agree on a state budget. The second, just 10 days later, is the first day of school.

Without a set budget, schools have a hard time planning for the academic year and they may have to start cutting programs now just in case. As for the budget negotiations, they're not going so well. At least not yet.

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The federal trial over North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul wraps up Friday in Winston-Salem. The U.S. Justice Department, the North Carolina NAACP and others have built their case against the state over the past three weeks of trial. 

WFAE

In this episode, the trio of WFAE's Greg Collard, Lisa Worf and Ben Bradford discuss lawmakers' tardiness in approving a state budget and the uncertainty that's giving school districts. The Charlotte area finally meets a federal ozone standard, but probably not for long. Plus, we discuss our upcoming coverage of the Charlotte mayor's race and a package of candidate interviews that we're calling The 15th Floor.


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