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Inside The Case: Why Federal Appeals Court Struck Down NC Voting Changes

Judges one step below the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday the major parts of North Carolina's 2013 election overhaul are unconstitutional. The federal appeals court ruled that Republican state lawmakers restricted voting and registration in five different ways, all of which disproportionately affected African-Americans. WFAE's Michael Tomsic has been covering this case for three years and joined Mark Rumsey to discuss.
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A federal appeals court has struck down major parts of North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul. The three-judge panel ruled unanimously Friday the state's Republican lawmakers passed the 2013 changes with discriminatory intent.

 A geologist with decades of expertise in climate change and coastal erosion has resigned from the state science advisory panel he helped found. Stan Riggs says politics have made the panel "ineffective."

For My Husband Driving Down A Mountain

Jul 28, 2016

After Dallas, after St. Paul and Baton Rouge, after too many men gone with skin the shade of you, after all this, I waved good-bye. A week we’d spent here in the cool of these mountains, and the plans already in place for just me to remain. I stood amidst the perfume of sweet air and sharp evergreens, stood with my hand raised while you journeyed away. Next week, I called after you. I'll see you when you return next week. 130 miles between this mountain and our home.

Lapel pins and Twitter. Both can be quick ways to express political opinions. But, as the North Carolina Republican party learned Wednesday night, it’s best to understand one before taking to the other.

Michael Tomsic

When U.S. Olympic rowers hit the water in Brazil for practice, they'll be wearing cutting-edge uniforms made in Charlotte. The seamless technology is a combination of Italian machinery and American expertise. It even offers some protection from high-levels of bacteria found in the Olympic waterways of Rio de Janeiro.

  South Carolina elections officials say former state representative Charles Jeter did NOT vote in the state in 2004. That contradicts a TV report this week suggesting Jeter voted twice that year. 

If you're watching the Democratic National Convention this week, wait for the camera to pan the audience. Pause the TV; now squint hard. On the first floor, just where the seats begin to slope up, is the North Carolina delegation. Sitting in that clump of delegates will be 18-year-old Evan Redmond, the youngest delegate to represent the state at this week's convention.

Mecklenburg County

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Workers began pumping chlorine into water below the rafting channel at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte Wednesday, to remove an organism linked to a woman's death. Under a plan health officials approved this week, the treated water will be discharged into the Catawba River.

Donald Trump addressing VFW National Convention
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump laid out his plan to fix the country’s VA health care system. He was speaking Tuesday at the VFW convention in uptown Charlotte. Besides the plan, Trump also attacked Democratic rival Hilary Clinton, and some in the crowd joined in.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made at least six stops in North Carolina this election. But Monday night’s stop in Winston-Salem was the first to include Governor Pat McCrory. He warmed up the crowd with some jokes.


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