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Duke Envisions End To Coal Plants By 2050

Duke Energy says it could completely phase out coal-fired power plants by 2050. By then, the utility expects to be generating electricity through a mix of other sources, including nuclear and gas-fired plants, and wind and solar farms. That possible scenario came in a special Climate Report to Shareholders published Thursday.

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SouthBound: Dale Earnhardt Jr. On NASCAR, Retirement, And Becoming A Dad

In all my years of doing interviews, I’ve met very few people who are as open and honest about themselves as this week's SouthBound guest, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Duke CEO Lynn Good
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Duke Energy's board showed last year that it really wants to keep CEO Lynn Good on the job, boosting the severance package she could get if forced out the door and raising her reported compensation to $21.4 million, according to a company report released Thursday.

The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 724 points — closing down nearly 3 percent Thursday after the Trump administration announced plans to impose stiff tariffs on Chinese imports. Other major stock indexes closed down more than 2 percent.

Weeks In Fear: A Timeline Of The Austin Bombings

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The nearly month-long search for a serial bombing suspect in Austin, Texas, ended early Wednesday morning when the suspect exploded his own car. He died as law enforcement moved in.

Federal law enforcement identified him as Mark Anthony Conditt.

Two people were killed and five were injured during the weeks of his inexplicable attacks.

Five of the six bombs detonated or found so far were disguised as packages, reminiscent of those designed by Ted Kaczynski — also known as the "Unabomber." One of the bombs was anchored to a for-sale sign and triggered by a tripwire.

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House intelligence committee Republicans revealed Thursday why they're ending their investigation into Russia's attack on the 2016 election by concluding President Trump's campaign did not conspire with it: People involved said they didn't.

"When asked directly, none of the interviewed witnesses provided evidence of collusion, coordination or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government," according to new documents.

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The Charlotte Planning Department is overseeing a major overhaul of the city’s outdated zoning regulations - they dictate the placement of everything from trees to sidewalks. On Charlotte Talks today, the city’s newly sworn-in planning director, Taiwo Jaiyeoba said many of the regulations date back to 1992.

"They’re outdated. They’re inconsistent. There are conflicts between them. Developers live with them - tolerate them - because they have no other choice," said Jaiyeoba.

In a refrigerator in the coroner's office in Marion County, Ind., rows of vials await testing. They contain blood, urine and vitreous, the fluid collected from inside a human eye.

In overdose cases, the fluids may contain clues for investigators.

"We send that off to a toxicology lab to be tested for what we call drugs of abuse," said Alfie Ballew, deputy coroner. The results often include drugs such as cocaine, heroin, fentanyl or prescription pharmaceuticals.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are investigating a homicide that occurred Wednesday night in northwest Charlotte.

CMPD says officers responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon at 11:52 p.m. in the 300 block of Jones Street, off Rozelles Ferry Road.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Our city’s new planning director sits down with Mike Collins to talk about his current focus - redesigning our zoning codes - and about his vision for the city.

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Bidding for the Carolina Panthers has now reached $2.5 billion dollars, which would be a record for the sale of a U.S. pro sports franchise. That's according to Bloomberg News, which cites sources familiar with the bidding.  


Announcing the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest

Calling all North Carolina musicians with big dreams for the Tiny Desk!

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