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Traffic on I-77 near Lake Norman
David Boraks / WFAE

Opponents of toll lanes on I-77 said Friday they’ll appeal the January dismissal of their lawsuit that tried to stop the NCDOT project.

Matthew Woitunski (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The number of homeless people in Charlotte appears to be on the decline. Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s annual count of homeless people this year shows 9 percent fewer people are living in shelters and on the streets than last year.


Duke Energy Solar farm near Elizabeth City NC
Duke Energy

Duke Energy says it’s on track to beat its goal for renewable energy use over the next few years, so it’s raising the bar. The pledge came in the company’s annual corporate sustainability report out Thursday.

South Carolina Government

Over the past three weeks, the Winthrop Poll has been carrying out an ambitious survey, gauging the state of race relations in South Carolina. Thursday, the first round of the poll’s findings were released.

Suspect Named In Hit-And-Run Death Of 6-Year-Old

Apr 28, 2016

Charlotte Mecklenburg police have an arrest warrant for a man they believe is responsible for the hit and run accident that killed a 6-year-old boy on Sunday.

Police say their suspect is 32-year-old Juan Antonio Quintanilla-Garza. Police say they’ve been in contact with him, but it appears they don’t know where he is. A press release says he’s believed to be out-of-state, and asks anyone with information on his whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers. He’s charged with felony hit-and-run.

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CharlotteObserver.com

The Charlotte Hornets are a victory away from the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Center Cody Zeller pulled in an in-bounds pass and dribbled away the final second or so, giving the Hornets a 90-88 victory at American Airlines Arena.

The Hornets will enter Friday’s Game 6 at Time Warner Cable Arena with a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Michael Bitzer
WFAE

With the decision by federal judge Thomas Schroeder upholding the North Carolina’s election law overhaul that Republicans approved in 2013, the 485-page opinion is a massive analysis of the legislative intent and, at times, a stark dismissal of opponent’s criticisms.

The ruling can only be viewed as a solid win for the Republicans when they were desperate for any news of a victory for their party’s policies in the state.

Denise Cross Photography

The League of Women Voters, the North Carolina NAACP and others are appealing a federal ruling that upheld North Carolina's 2013 voting overhaul. At the heart of the case is this question: does the law disenfranchise African-Americans? WFAE's Michael Tomsic joined Duncan McFadyen to discuss how the federal judge addressed that question in his ruling this week.

David Boraks / WFAE

A Hairy Woodpecker tap-tap-taps on a pine tree just below the summit of Mount Mitchell. It’s a sunny spring day. It’s 46 degrees - about 10 degrees cooler than nearby Burnsville.

With the park now open after winter, superintendent Bryan Wilder says visitors are flocking here.  

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Kaiser Health News

After James Happli of Mosinee, Wisconsin, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he was referred to a surgeon at a local hospital where he had been treated for lymphoma 28 years earlier. The surgeon told Happli and his wife that although she had never successfully performed a Whipple procedure — the pancreatic cancer operation widely regarded as among the most difficult in surgery — she believed she could do it with the help of a second surgeon.

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