Members of Billy Graham's family make their way to his namesake library in Charlotte for a private viewing of his casket Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.
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'Moving Day' For Family As Billy Graham Casket Arrives At Library

The body of the late Rev. Billy Graham was brought to Charlotte Saturday where preparations are being made for his funeral. At the Billy Graham Library, extended family members and a crowd of media waited for the motorcade to arrive from Asheville. Among the faces in the crowd was Leighton Ford, Graham’s brother-in-law.

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CATS Blue Line light rail extension will open March 16, running from 7th Street Statoin uptown (shown here) to UNC Charlotte.
David Boraks / WFAE

Test trains are running again on the Blue Line light rail extension from uptown to northeast Charlotte, after problems with crossing gates forced a temporary halt Wednesday. Charlotte Area Transit System says the issue won't affect the planned March 16 start of service on the new line.

Flu Deaths Rise To 200 In North Carolina

Feb 22, 2018

Twenty-seven people died of the flu in North Carolina last week, the latest in a particularly deadly flu season that has seen 200 deaths now across the Tar Heel state.

Charlotte Talks: The Life and Legacy of Billy Graham

Feb 22, 2018
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Thursday, February 22, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks, native son of Charlotte, evangelist to millions and religious counselor to Presidents all the way back to Harry Truman, the Reverend Billy Graham has died. Rev. Graham died at his Western North Carolina home Wednesday morning shortly before 8:00 am at the age of 99. Host Mike Collins is joined by religion writers and experts to talk about the life and legacy of Reverend Billy Graham.

Billy Graham Evangelical Association spokesman Mark DeMoss details plans for Graham's funeral at the Billy Graham Library.
Jessa O'Connor / WFAE

Billy Graham’s funeral service will be under a tent – just like the crusades he launched during his nearly six decades of preaching.

Panelists at the Charlotte Talks Public Conversation: Building An Inclusive City. From left: Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, District Attorney Spencer Merriweather, City Manager Marcus Jones and Police Chieff Kerr Putney.
Daniel Coston / WFAE

Charlotte is in a historic moment. Most of the city's top leaders are African American. The question is how they'll shape the city as it responds to economic inequality, crime and growth. WFAE tackled that question Wednesday night in a public conversation titled "Building an Inclusive City."

Billy Graham died Wednesday at age 99. And as we look at his legacy a recurring question is this: Who is the next Billy Graham? It's a question that Bill Martin hears often as the author of a biography on Graham called “A Prophet With Honor.”

“It's not any one person, but these tens of thousands of preachers trained by organizations,” says Martin.  

That organization is the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Leighton Ford is a former vice president of that organization. He's also a brother-in-law to Billy Graham.

Billy Graham Library

As news spread early yesterday morning that Evangelist preacher Billy Graham died at his home in Montreat, both the faithful and followers of Graham reflected on the Charlotte-born preacher’s genuine nature and charm. 

A visitor from Sierra Leone at the Billy Graham Library.
Gwendolyn Glenn / WFAE

Through his ministry, Billy Graham’s sermons reached people across the globe of varied denominations, races and economic backgrounds. That outreach was evident in the diverse people who came to the Billy Graham Library today, to pay their respects.

Pipeline developers hope to begin installing pipe like this later this year along the 600 mile route.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Duke Energy says the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline is on track to open in late 2019, even though it's still awaiting final state and federal approvals. But CEO Lynn Good said delays and more stringent conditions from regulators have pushed the project's price tag up - to between $6 billion and $6.5 billion.

A federal jury convicted 59-year-old Charlotte resident Jose Antonio Hendricks of possession, receipt and transportation of child pornography, following a two-day trial. The charges for transportation and receipt of child pornography carry a sentence of five to 20 years, and the charges for possessing and accessing child pornography carry a maximum sentence of 20 years. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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SouthBound: Andrea Kirby On Living On Both Sides Of The Camera

If you're a sports fan of a certain age, you probably know Andrea Kirby's voice. From her roots in Alabama, she became a pioneering woman in sports broadcasting, reporting from around the globe on ABC's "Wide World of Sports" in the '70s. From there, she changed jobs to become a media coach for athletes and coaches, becoming known in some circles as "the athlete whisperer." In this episode of SouthBound , she tells stories from both sides of the camera.

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FAQ City: Why Don't Some Major Roads In Charlotte Have Streetlights?

Here's a riddle: Imagine two roads in Charlotte, one in the north, one in the south. Both have four lanes and plenty of rush hour traffic, but one has streetlights while the other doesn't. Seem weird?

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