GOP Map Maker Behind NC's Illegal Districts Will Help Redraw The Map

It's been nearly eight weeks since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that 28 state legislative districts in North Carolina were illegal racial gerrymanders. The political maps, the court said, must be redrawn. On Wednesday, a select group of state senators and representatives sat down to officially begin that process.

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CMPD says two people were killed early Thursday in north Charlotte. Police also reported that the victim of a Monday night shooting died in the hospital on Wednesday. The three deaths bring the number of homicides this year in Charlotte to 53. That compares to 32 at this time last year.

Charlotte Douglas Airport To Add 'Sleeping Pods'

Jul 25, 2017

Charlotte Douglas International Airport will soon introduce “sleeping pods” for travelers wanting to nap privately and more comfortably while they wait for their flights. The six new Minute Suites will include a sofa bed, a T.V., a computer, and one will have a shower. The company has operated sleeping pods in a handful of airports, including Atlanta’s for several years now. Minute Suites director, Daniel Solomon says a lot of their customers book their rooms for just a few hours.

“If they miss their connection, which happens a lot, and they get rebooked. They really find that this service is a godsend to have some place they can hold up for three or four hours,” he said.

The Minute Suites charges $42 for an hour and $140 for an overnight stay. The sleeping pods are expected to be up and running this December.

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Carlenia Ivory, a longtime educator, organizer, and community advocate in Charlotte, was sworn in Tuesday as District 2 representative on Charlotte City Council.

Ivory, 66, succeeds Al Austin, who prematurely stepped down this month to take a job with the state Department of Transportation.

On Wednesday, members of the General Assembly will begin complying with an order issued by the U.S. Supreme Court - fix 28 state legislative districts which the high court found to be illegal racial gerrymanders.

A select group of state senators and representatives will start that process when they meet to discuss redistricting.

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A group of protesters, organized in response to comments made by Charlotte council member Dimple Ajmera, contributed to a large crowd at Monday night's city council meeting. During a taping of WCNC's Flashpoint last week, Ajmera said Republicans who support Trump have no place on city council or in the mayoral race. 

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Most school districts don't have an ombudsman to handle complaints. But CMS got its first one this month. Earnest Winston says he sees his role as a way to provide families with the information they need in order to be "empowered and engaged." His hiring has drawn controversy. 

Finding The Dog Poop Perp Is Only A DNA Test Away

Jul 24, 2017
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Charlotte has one of the fastest growing apartment markets in the country. And that’s a boon for another type of business. One that deals with waste. Pet waste that is. There is a high tech service many property managers use to crack down on owners who don’t pick up after their pups.

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Activists upset with a Charlotte City councilwoman's comments about Trump supporters plan to show up to tonight's city council meeting to mark their opposition.  The Charlotte Regional Republican Volunteer Network said in a Facebook post it will hold a sit-in in response to comments from city councilwoman Dimple

Charlotte City Council members will vote Monday night on allowing the sale of beer, wine and mixed drinks on Sundays beginning at 10:00 a.m. Cities and counties across North Carolina have been voting on the issue since Governor Roy Cooper last month signed a bill to modify the state's previous ban on alcohol sales before noon on Sundays.  

Police Arrest Two Teenage Suspects In Homicide

Jul 21, 2017
Crystal Hogue / WFAE

Updated at 9:39 a.m. July 22, 2017 -

Police have arrested two 15-year-old boys they say were involved in the June 18 robbery and murder of Zachary Finch.  Finch was killed at an apartment building in west Charlotte during what CMPD says was a transaction involving the thrifting app, “Let Go.”



Charlotte Homicides In 2017 - A Look At The Victims

WFAE is tracking Charlotte’s homicides, and remembering the victims, through this interactive timeline.

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