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Last-Minute Revisions Made To Student Assignment Plan

Some controversial parts of the proposed student assignment plan for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools are being revised in preparation for a board vote on it Wednesday night.

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May 19, 2017

On this week's Friday News Roundup: The Supreme Court declines to hear North Carolina’s Voter ID appeal.  The CMS Board considers assignment plan changes. Local lawmakers react to President Trump’s sharing of classified intelligence information with the Russians and Governor Cooper announces LGBT protections.  Host Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters will discuss.

Nick de la Canal / WFAE-FM

Following an early morning roundup by the FBI and state and local law enforcement, 83 alleged members of the United Blood Nation gang are facing federal charges.

CMPD helicopter pilot Coty Brown talked to reporters Tuesday in CMPD's hangar at Charlotte Douglas airport.
David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department's two helicopters flew on more calls and helped make more arrests last year than in 2015. You’re more likely to see one hovering overhead these days, but CMPD says that may not mean there's an incident.

Drawing shows design for the W.S. Lee Nuclear Plant in Cherokee County, S.C.
Westinghouse Electric Co./Duke Energy

North Carolina regulators want Duke Energy to account for what it has spent on a South Carolina nuclear power plant that is facing new doubts after the company that was supposed to supply the reactors filed for bankruptcy.

Michael Tomsic / WFAE-FM

Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly are not ready to throw in the towel yet on efforts to overhaul state voting laws.

Democrats and liberal advocacy groups cheered the U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week not to review a lower court's ruling that struck down the 2013 election overhaul, but the victory may be short-lived. Republicans are considering whether to pass revised legislation that's scaled down and passes court scrutiny.

The state House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would end the state's practice of automatically charging 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.  The 104-8 vote Wednesday sends the so-called "raise the age" bill on to the Senate.  

The streetcorner park at North Tryon and Sixth streets uptown will be removed starting next week, as the Foundation for the Carolinas begins restoring the 1927 Carolina Theatre.
David Boraks / WFAE-FM

There won't be a formal groundbreaking, but work is scheduled to begin next week (the week of May 22) on redevelopment of the old Carolina Theatre in uptown Charlotte. The Foundation for the Carolinas is leading the project, which includes a 20-story hotel.

Fletcher Hartsell
www.ncleg.net

A former state senator from Concord has received an eight-month federal prison sentence on charges related to allegations that he used campaign funds for personal use.  Republican Fletcher Hartsell was sentenced Tuesday in Winston-Salem.

Updated 9:54 a.m.
Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina says he is fine and recovering in a Washington, D.C., hospital after collapsing during a 3-mile race in Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning.

It appears Ralph Norman has defeated Tommy Pope in the Republican runoff for South Carolina's open 5th congressional district seat. But the margin of victory was just 200 votes out of more than 34,000 ballots cast, triggering na automatic recount.

This result probably has both Pope and Norman feeling a bit of déjà vu. They were the top vote getters in the Republican primary just two weeks ago. Pope came out on top in that race, beating Norman by just 135 votes.

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News In Brief

Court Strikes Down 2 N.C. Districts; Pedestrian Killed; Dalai Lama To Visit

The Supreme Court strikes down North Carolina’s 2011 Congressional redistricting, saying Republicans illegally used race to draw the lines. Meanwhile, police have identified a pedestrian killed in the University City area Sunday as a 35-year-old man. And a Duke University student’s body has been found in Massachusetts after he went missing. Afternoon headlines on WFAE.

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