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Monday, September 26

One of the darkest weeks in Charlotte’s history continues.  On Friday, the wife of the man who was shot and killed by police released her own video of the altercation. Over the weekend, CMPD released their videos. This incident has shaken Charlotte and North Carolina to its core, severely tarnished the image of the city in the national media and raised serious questions on many fronts.  We continue to explore all of this.

City of Charlotte

On the local news round-up, protests turn violent in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of an African-American man by police. Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf is skewered on Capitol Hill by the Senate Banking Committee over the bank’s sales practices. The City Council rejects suggestions they repeal their bathroom ordinance in exchange for an HB2 repeal – and that’s playing a role in the Gubernatorial Race. Those stories and more, this week on the local news roundup.

Protests in Charlotte Sept. 21, 2016
Tom Bullock / WFAE

Thursday, September 22

The shooting of an African-American man in the University area on Tuesday afternoon led to protests that became increasingly violent in the overnight hours on Wednesday. Many encouraged on-going protests including a boycott of white-owned Charlotte businesses. City officials encouraged calm and called for dialogue while others say it’s time for systemic change. We're joined by Mayor Jennifer Roberts and other.

WFAE Reporters Recap Tuesday Night's Protests

Sep 21, 2016
Officer from Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department line up to confront protesters
Adam Rhew / Charlotte Magazine

WFAE reporters Nick de la Canal and Gwendolyn Glenn, and Charlotte magazine associate editor Adam Rhew were all at the protests that erupted last night in the University area after a black man was shot and killed by a black CMPD officer. We recap last night's protests and what we know about the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott. 

House Bill 2 Repeal Stalls; Wells Fargo Under Scrutiny

Sep 20, 2016

An update on how Charlotte City Council reacts to a possible repeal of HB2 contingent on their repeal of a local ordinance. Followed by a look at what recent revelations of unscrupulous behavior at Wells Fargo may mean for big banks.

Transgender Rights Finds Allies in Sports

Sep 19, 2016
GonchoA / Flickr

A surprising amount of negative reaction to North Carolina’s HB 2 is coming from the world of sports. The NBA withdrew its All-Star game from Charlotte then, last week the NCAA pulled championship games from around the state with the ACC following quickly on their heels. The macho world of sports taking up the cause of transgender rights seems unlikely. But is it really? We look at social activism in sports.

Local News Roundup: HB2 and Sports Boycotts

Sep 15, 2016

On the local news roundup – the NCAA pulls 7 championship events from North Carolina because of HB2.  The ACC follows suit. Wells Fargo is fined by regulators over employees creating unauthorized accounts.  County Commissioners look at plans to revitalize the North Tryon Corridor – what they said about this new vision.  And we get the latest on election campaigning throughout the state with our roundtable of reporters.

Erin Keever / WFAE

On January 15, 2009, US Airways flight 1549 made an emergency landing on the Hudson River. A bird strike took out both engines only three minutes into the flight from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte Douglas. All passengers on board survived with minimal injuries. Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger was quickly hailed a hero for safely grounding the plane in what became known as the ‘Miracle on the Hudson.’ The story has now been captured in the Clint Eastwood film ‘Sully’ starring Tom Hanks. We’ll hear the true story behind the movie from local passengers, live from the Carolinas Aviation Museum, which is now home to the aircraft.

2016 Election: What Awaits The Next Commander-in-Chief?

Sep 14, 2016
The White House
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We are preparing to elect our third-straight wartime president and that choice has particular significance for North Carolina. Not only are we a battleground state, we are home to those who prepare for real battlegrounds. We’re home to the third largest military population in the country, including the largest base by population in the world. What potential military decisions and security issues will the next commander-in-chief face?

We’ve learned a lot about post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, especially more recently from soldiers returning from combat, who face difficult physical and/or mental challenges upon returning to normal life. We hear less about the good that might result from a traumatic experience, even though the idea is not a new one. Since the early '80s, two Charlotte psychology experts have been pioneers in research of post traumatic growth - the idea that positive change sometimes comes from a traumatic experience. We’ll meet these experts to talk about what they’ve learned, the research on PTG that’s still happening at UNC Charlotte, and how the theory they had many years ago is now receiving more attention.