Body Cam Study Shows No Effect On Police Use Of Force Or Citizen Complaints

Having police officers wear little cameras seems to have no discernible impact on citizen complaints or officers' use of force, at least in the nation's capital. That's the conclusion of a study performed as Washington, D.C., rolled out its huge camera program. The city has one of the largest forces in the country, with some 2,600 officers now wearing cameras on their collars or shirts. "We found essentially that we could not detect any statistically significant effect of the body-worn...

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It's fall. Halloween is just around the corner and the November election is not far behind. It therefore seems fitting for Candidate ME to delve into one of the true dark arts of campaigns, political advertising.

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The nearly $1 billion school bond package that goes before voters in November is getting a lot of push back from residents in North Mecklenburg. Huntersville and Cornelius town commissioners recently voted to oppose the bond and the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce is against it as well.

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Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

Cities and states are preparing to offer incentives for Amazon's second headquarters. It's a strategy the company has used to expand its footprint in the Carolinas and nationwide. Mike Collins looks at how it might play into the headquarters competition.

In February, workers used a giant crane to lower a containment vessel ring into place at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in Fairfield County, S.C.
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Federal securities regulators are investigating a scuttled nuclear reactor construction project in South Carolina, according to a release Tuesday from one of the plant's co-owners. 

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Wednesday, October 18 2017

The Boy Scouts have decided to let girls into their program, sparking mixed reactions.  The Girl Scouts see this as a calculated business maneuver.  We go through the decision and hear multiple perspectives.  Then, Matthew Bourne’s adaption of the Oscar winning film 'The Red Shoes'.  The world-renowned choreographer tells us about his dance theatre production about to open at the Belk Theatre.

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The board of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare voted to cut the CEO’s salary by two-thirds Tuesday night. That’s after multiple state audits uncovered high salaries, severance packages and overspending by Cardinal, which manages Medicaid-funded mental health and drug treatment services in the Charlotte area.

Reducing North Carolina’s emphasis on standardized testing has been a goal of state education leaders. They’ve talked about using the flexibility in the new Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA as a way to do that.  Yet, the proposal the state board of education approved last month, keeps standardized tests as the main measure to hold schools accountable.

Activist Bree Newsome (right) talks with Atlantic staff writer and Charlotte native Vann Newkirk II.
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A wave of police shootings in recent years has left authorities in Charlotte and across the nation searching for ways to rebuild trust. Speakers at a forum uptown Tuesday organized by The Atlantic magazine focused on the city's history of racism and segregation as well as a criminal justice system that they say treats people of color and those with lower incomes unfairly.

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Legislation making it easier for third-party and unaffiliated candidates to get on North Carolina ballots but also reworking judicial elections for 2018 could soon become law despite Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's objections.

There was a time when the National Rifle Association was known primarily for promoting gun safety and advocating for gun ownership for hunting and home protection.

But that seems a long time ago.

It still does those things, to be sure, but these days the NRA is far more recognizable as an uncompromising political force, aggressively defending its interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, while working to defeat any and all politicians it views as its enemy.

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Oct 10, 2017

Dear Etta Kate: I'm a member of a roving supper club that meets at different members' houses. One of the members is an awful bore. She monopolizes every conversation with endlessly tedious stories on trivial topics. No one ever interrupts her, because this is the polite South. Several people have dropped out of the group. I probably shouldn't say anything when I'm a guest at someone else's table. But is there anything I can do as a hostess when it happens at my house? Perhaps it will encourage others to do the same? Please help!

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