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Enthusiasts Commemorate The Ride Of Captain Jack, Celebrate 'Meck Dec Day'

“Meck Dec Day,” a holiday in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County that commemorates the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20th, 1775, was celebrated Sunday by area enthusiasts. Although disputed by historians - and somewhat forgotten by modern Charlotteans - locals still celebrate Mecklenburg’s call for freedom from the British. Some of them do it through a bike ride.

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TRYON, N.C. — At least one resident of the North Carolina mountains is dead after heavy rains triggered mudslides and flooding.

Updated 8:47 a.m. ET

After the chaos of a deadly school shooting, parents, relatives and friends scramble to find their loved ones, while authorities set about the work of providing medical attention to the wounded and identifying the bodies of those who are killed.

Eight students and two teachers died during the 15-minute assault at Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday. Thirteen others were wounded in the worst school shooting since 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., two months ago.

Updated at 6:22 p.m. ET

The 17-year-old who is accused of opening fire at a Texas high school on Friday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 13 others, has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault.

It was a royal event like no other: People, royal invitees and journalists from around the world have gathered in what it is not only a British and American affair, but a global one. Interests and love transcends all borders and this union is the best representation of it.

We will be updating this album throughout the day. Here some of the most precious moments:

House Passes School Psychologist License Reciprocity Bill

May 19, 2018

During the second day of the short session, the House passed HB 933 that streamlines recruitment of out-of-state school psychologists by recognizing the nationally certified school psychologist credential as sufficient qualification for becoming a school psychologist in North Carolina.

Updated at 9:44 a.m.

This week in the Russia investigations: The Senate Judiciary Committee dumps documents about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, the special counsel's office celebrates its first birthday and the GOP escalates its war against the Justice Department.

The enemy within

After chapters on "wiretaps," eavesdropping, "unmasking" and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the new hotness this week was confidential sources.

The National Weather Service reports there is serious flooding in northwest Caldwell and eastern Avery counties after 4-6 inches of rain fell Friday evening, and up to three more inches could fall through early Saturday morning. A flash flood warning is in effect until 2:15 a.m. Saturday.

Map shows the location of the planned Seventh & Tryon redevelopment.
SeventhandTryon.com

Five development teams have been asked to submit proposals to redevelop a two-block area along North Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte.  The planned Seventh & Tryon project would include shops, offices, a hotel, and affordable and market-rate apartments alongside a new or renovated Charlotte-Mecklenburg Main Library.

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Panthers have a new owner. Lawmakers, back in Raleigh for the first day of the short session, confront teachers from across the state as well as another group of demonstrators in Raleigh asking lawmakers to address poverty. And, Charlotte residents weigh in on the proposed city budget and possible tax increase. A panel of reporters joins Mike Collins to expand on those and other stories.

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COMMENTARY:

I know it may be hard to convince you, but let me try: Don’t kill the next spider you see in your home.

Why? Because spiders are an important part of nature and our indoor ecosystem – as well as being fellow organisms in their own right.

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Charlotte Talks 20th Anniversary

Charlotte Talks Celebrates 20 Years: An Interactive Timeline

WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins celebrates 20 years on air Friday, April 20. This interactive timeline highlights some of the show's top moments.

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