As Jeff Gordon Nears Retirement, NASCAR Community Reflects On His Impact

The driver who helped NASCAR connect with a new generation of racing fans is retiring soon. Four-time champion Jeff Gordon came from a different part of the country and had a very different style than the racing legends that preceded him. More than 20 years later, many in the sport say he's been key to broadening its appeal and polishing its image.
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As part of our “Block by Block,” series, this report takes you to Gastonia. In the early 20th century, Gastonia was home to one of the largest textile mills in the South:  The Loray Mill. It grew to employ 3,500 workers, and most lived in the surrounding mill village. The neighborhood’s ties to the mill stayed strong well after the company stopped providing housing. In fact, it’s still strong 22 years after the mill closed and accelerated the community’s decline.

FEMA trucks in South Carolina

South Carolina is still picking up the pieces after last weekend’s heavy rains and flooding.  State officials set up two disaster recovery centers in the Columbia area. And Amtrak said Saturday all train service along the East Coast is now operating again.

Last weekend, more than a foot of rain fell across a wide area of the state, raising rivers over banks, and causing major flooding that forced evacuations.  As the week went by, floodwaters progressed downstream on the state’s major waterways, threatening coastal cities with more flooding.

Developers Pass On Charlotte Low-Income Housing Incentive

Oct 10, 2015
Charlotte Observer

By Steve Harrison/Charlotte Observer

Nearly three years ago, the Charlotte City Council approved an affordable housing “density bonus” for developers.

If a developer wanted to build in affluent areas, the city would allow it to build extra units if it included some apartments or homes for low-income residents.

But no one has participated in the program, and the city may be starting over.

The voting statistics clearly favor Democrat Jennifer Roberts over her former city council colleague, Republican Edwin Peacock, in the race for Charlotte mayor.

Since 2009, the city’s Republican registration has gone from 27 to 23 percent. The percentage of Democrats have gone up 1 point, to 49 percent. And, unaffiliated voters now outnumber Charlotte Republicans, representing 28 percent of registered voters – a 5 percent increase.

Breakin' Convention Flips The Modern Dance Script

Oct 9, 2015
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 Charlotte Viewpoint 

No one could possibly have imagined the reverberations when, in 1973 in the rec room of the 1520 Sedgewick Avenue apartment tower in the South Bronx, Clive Campbell—known hereafter as DJ Kool Herc—happened to notice that club-goers preferred the instrumental breaks in the funk, soul and reggae records he was spinning. Eager to tap into that enthusiasm, he soon found a way to keep two records looping to keep the break-beat going and, copping from the tradition of Jamaican dancehall DJ’s toasting over the music they played, began chanting over the beats to the delight of the audience.

Kerrick Resigns

Oct 8, 2015

CMPD officer Randall Kerrick resigned, effective Oct. 2,  and will receive more than $100,000 as part of his separation agreement. Kerrick was suspended from the force after fatally shooting an unarmed African-American man two years ago. His trial ended in a hung jury. 

Two Triangle Chemists Win Nobel Prize

Oct 8, 2015

Two of the three winners of this year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry live and work in the Triangle. Aziz Sanjar is a professor of bio-chemistry and bio-physics at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Paul Modrich is a professor of bio-chemistry at Duke University.  As WUNC’s Dave DeWitt reports, it was another example of collaboration between two universities that may be known best as fierce rivals.

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If you’re a music fan, chances are you’ve seen the work of Charlotte photographer Daniel Coston.  His
photos have been published in Rolling Stone, Time – you name it.

A Charlotte-based hygiene company is admitting to some dirty accounting. The U.S. Attorney's office in Charlotte is charging Swisher Hygiene with accounting fraud, and the company is agreeing to a $2 million penalty.

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A field of eight mayoral candidates is now down to two. Jennifer Roberts beat Democratic incumbent Dan Clodfelter by nearly 10 percent.  She faces Republican Edwin Peacock in the general election.


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