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Mt. Mitchell Was Just The Start For N.C. Park System, Now 100 Years Old

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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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.


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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Lisa Worf

CMS has hired a lot of consultants over the years without much attention. But that isn’t the case with the board’s latest selection. After all, it has to do with student assignment.  The CMS board voted Tuesday night to pay Alves Educational Consultants Group $135,000 to help design a plan.   

Diedra Laird / Charlotte Observer

You may have heard the phrase “a sound basic education.” North Carolina has the responsibility to give every child in the state an opportunity to one. It was one of the main findings of a long, protracted court case commonly called Leandro. That case confirmed North Carolina’s system for funding schools is good enough for most students, but that the state has failed its most vulnerable kids.

WFAE’s Lisa Worf took a closer look at Leandro, as part of a collaboration with NPR’s project on school funding. She wrote about North Carolina’s pre-kindergarten program that partly arose from that case. Lisa joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry with a big-picture look at Leandro.

City of Kannapolis/UNC Development Finance Initiative

The City of Kannapolis is searching for a developer for the first in a planned series of projects that officials hope will transform 50 acres in the city’s old downtown. The City Council gave its go-ahead Monday night.

Thousands Demonstrate For, Against HB2 In Raleigh

Apr 26, 2016

North Carolina lawmakers were met by thousands of demonstrators on the first day of the legislative session. Dueling crowds met outside of the legislative building showing support or opposition to the controversial House Bill 2. WUNC's Jorge Valencia filed this report.  


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