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Richardson To Sell Panthers; Sports Illustrated Reports Misconduct Allegations

Carolina Panthers owners Jerry Richardson is selling the team. Richardson, the team's only owner in its 23 seasons, made the announcement following Sunday's 31-24 win over the Packers - and on the same day that Sports Illustrated reported that at least four ex-employees received “significant monetary settlements,” stemming from inappropriate comments and behavior by Richardson.

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For the last three years, an advisory panel based at UNC Charlotte has helped guide Duke Energy as the company figures out what to do with coal ash. And, during that time, Duke has also contracted with the university to do scientific research on specific coal ash sites.   

Providing research and advice of this nature requires a degree of collaboration. But, when companies turn to universities for hired expertise, challenges and questions about the relationship can arise. Can such collaboration become too cozy?

Mecklenburg District Attorney Spencer Merriweather spoke at Wednesday's press conference.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they get more than 40,000 domestic violence calls a year - or 25 a day. The area has plenty of legal and social services for victims, but they can be hard to navigate - especially after the trauma of abuse. On Wednesday, local officials called for bringing all those services under one roof.

Updated at 7:18 p.m. ET

President Trump said thank you Wednesday evening to Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice contestant turned White House aide, who is stepping down from her post.

"I wish you continued success," Trump posted on Twitter.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare has been in the news of late due to allegations of financial mismanagement and the state taking over – at least for now.  Mike Collins talks with two WFAE reporters who have been covering this from the beginning along with State Senator Jeff Tarte about how possible outcomes may affect taxpayers.  Then, we find out what’s behind this year’s shortage of Christmas Trees, many of which come from North Carolina.

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When state officials took over Cardinal Innovations Healthcare roughly two weeks ago, one of their first actions was to purge the company's board of directors. 

That was more than just a symbolic move. The board, state officials believe, was a big part of the problem.

Now, if all goes as planned, Cardinal will have a newly-elected board of directors by the end of the week.

But, like all things Cardinal these days, there's a twist. Some of Cardinal's old board members could be coming back.

Updated at 12:44 a.m. ET

Democrat Doug Jones has won the Alabama Senate special election, a victory that was a stunning upset in a deeply red state that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump. The president, who had backed Republican Roy Moore despite multiple accusations of sexual misconduct and assault, congratulated Jones on Twitter.

A speaker addresses the Charlotte City council Monday night, in this view from a live stream by Braxton Winston, from his seat at the council dais.
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The Charlotte City Council next month will consider whether to resume televising its pre-meeting citizen comment sessions - a practice halted after meetings were disrupted last spring. Newly elected at-large member Braxton Winston favors the change. At Monday's meeting, he took matters into his own hands by streaming the forum live from the dais. 

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Updated 5:19 p.m.
Many Mecklenburg County services remain hobbled after a cyberattack last week that scrambled data on county computer systems. County technology director Keith Gregg said 17 of about 200 key systems have been restored, and the county is being "hyper-vigilant" as it restores the rest, to make sure there's no risk of re-infecting them.

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Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Mecklenburg County and others across the country are trying to reduce jail populations by addressing the financial restraints that keep people behind bars. Mike Collins looks at how the justice system is trying to create change from within.

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This is the last week to sign up for health insurance through the exchange. More than 209,000 people in North Carolina have enrolled as of the first week in December, according to the federal count. 

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FAQ City: How To 'Compel' People To Interact With Those Different From Them?

It’s time now to take one of your questions. Awhile back, one of our listeners submitted a question through our website asking if there was anything that could be done to compel Charlotte residents to interact with people different from them - something that could help the city counteract racial segregation that’s grown over the last decade. This question came to us from a listener who wished to be anonymous, and over the last month or so, we’ve posed it to several Charlotteans, both community leaders and average residents.

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Ask Us: Why Charlotte Pride Takes Place In August, And Not June

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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Need a perfect gift that’s guaranteed to fit? One that doesn’t pack on the calories, get stale, or break if you drop it?

Of course you do. But you don’t want to grab just anything from the best seller list. Here at WFAEats we’ve been digging in our seasonal stacks for new and unusual books that will delight anyone with an appetite for food and the stories that make it special. So take a look at this delicious sampler we’ve selected.

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