The North Carolina Legislative Building
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Deal Or No Deal? Bizarre Political Theater In HB 2 Debate

Republican leaders of the General Assembly made a surprising announcement Tuesday night: They had accepted an HB 2 repeal deal proposed by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. There's just one problem. Cooper denies this particular deal was ever on the table. And the story gets even stranger. What happened Tuesday night can be seen as a deal gone bad, political theater, or a hardcore negotiating technique.

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Duke Energy is removing coal ash from basins near the retired Riverbend Plant, near Mountain Island Lake.
David Boraks / WFAE

Duke Energy is suing 30 insurance companies over who should pay to clean up toxic coal ash at its coal-fired power plants in North Carolina.  In the suit filed Wednesday at Mecklenburg Superior Court, the utility says it believes insurance policies it held through the 1980s may cover some of the costs.

Architect's drawing of the planned InterContinental Hotel, above a renovated Carolina Theatre at Sixth and Tryon streets in Charlotte.
Foundation for the Carolinas

The long-awaited renovation of the Carolina Theatre in uptown Charlotte is scheduled to begin in May. That's according to the Foundation for the Carolinas, which owns the property. The foundation also announced Tuesday it has investors lined up for a luxury hotel to be built above the theater.

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A Charlotte high school student charged with embezzling money from a Harris Teeter won’t be deported.   But he’ll still be returning to his native country Mexico. Gus Zamudio had his final immigration hearing Tuesday. 

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A top sports recruiter in North Carolina sent out a tweet earlier today with a warning: North Carolina legislators must address HB 2 within the next 48 hours or lose out on all NCAA championship games for the next six years.

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It's a rare day that a polka song perfectly sums up a piece of legislation. Today is one of those days. If you're not humming "Roll Out The Barrel" just yet, you should be. That's as in barrels of beer. Although we're having a bit of fun with the topic, on tap is a big dollar showdown between brewers and distributors with each claiming they best represent North Carolina's beer drinkers.

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At a standing room only council meeting Monday night, pro-life and pro-choice activists confronted Charlotte City Council, at times shouting down council members, booing speakers, and jabbing fingers at Mayor Jennifer Roberts and council member Julie Eiselt.

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A bill that would divide Mecklenburg County into three separate judicial districts has drawn the ire of many judges. 

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After about a year-and-a-half of work, the Charlottte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force released its long-awaited report Monday on how the economic mobility for the city’s less-fortunate residents can be improved. The 92-page report included a long list of recommendations that encompasses issues such as childcare and segregation.

UNC Basketball

Sophomore Luke Maye hit the winning jump shot Sunday night to send the University of North Carolina into the Final Four of the Division 1 men’s basketball tournament. But his status as an overnight hero didn’t keep him from showing up at his 8 a.m. class Monday morning.

The site of the former Eastland Mall on Central Avenue at Albemarle Road.
Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

Charlotte City Council members will vote Monday evening on a potential next step in the ongoing effort to redevelop the old Eastland Mall site.  The mall was once a retail and social hub in Charlotte, but major anchor stores started leaving the mall about a decade ago.

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NCAA Wants HB2 'Resolved' Within 48 Hours; Harding High Briefly Placed On Lockdown

According to the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, the NCAA's new deadline for North Carolina to address House Bill 2 is now 48 hours away. Scott Dupree, executive director of the sports alliance, issued a statement shortly before noon Tuesday, saying he had confirmed with "a contact very close to the NCAA" that the organization wanted HB2 addressed within the next two days.

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A 24 'Carrot' Recipe: Meoli-Stanton Family Carrot-Cauliflower Soup

Mar 27, 2017
a pot of Meoli-Stanton family carrot-cauliflower soup
Jennifer Stanton

This is a “silver lining” recipe that came out of a terrible experience. I started experimenting with carrots 24 years ago when an oncology nurse explained that the chemo my husband was receiving was actually toxic doses of Vitamin A. She compared it to consuming at least a five-pound bag of carrots a day.

If you do this, your face will hurt, you’ll grind down your molars into mule chompers, your skin will turn orange, and you will hate carrots by Day 5.

Of course, he didn’t grasp at the time that toxic doses of Vitamin A were only one part of the deadly cocktail. He just hung on the nurse’s words in the hope he could naturally help himself.

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