Second Terror Attack Halted, Police Say, After 13 Killed, 100 Injured In Barcelona

Updated at 3:30 a.m. ET Friday Hours after a van drove into a crowd of people in Barcelona, Spain, Spanish police say they've thwarted a second terrorist attack. Authorities say the two attacks are linked. Police say five suspects wearing explosives — later determined to be fake — were killed after a shootout with security forces in the Catalan coastal town of Cambrils located about 70 miles southwest of Barcelona. Six civilians and a police officer were injured, police say . Catalan police...

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President Donald Trump announced his intent to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. Once that is official it would free up government officials to dedicate more people and resources for treatment. Carolinas HealthCare System is trying to curb the amount of opioid medicines patients are introduced to while in the hospital with alternative treatments.


Updated Aug. 12 at 10:04 p.m. ET

Three people died and about 35 were injured in a day of violence that began with clashes at a white nationalist rally on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., Gov. Terry McAuliffe said.

One of those killed was a 32-year-old female pedestrian who was hit by a car that plowed into marchers, authorities said. The driver of the car, James Alex Fields is being held on charges including second degree murder. Police say he's from Ohio.

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Are you making plans to see the next solar eclipse on August 21? Have any fun memories of watching an eclipse with your family and friends? We want to hear from you!

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The golf world is focused on Charlotte right now. The PGA Championship continues Friday at Quail Hollow Club and will finish up on  Sunday. Across the nation though, participation in golf has dropped from about 30 million people in the mid 2000s to about 25 million today.  Steve Mona is the CEO of the World Golf Foundation, a group that promotes the sport.

There have been two more homicides in Charlotte. There have now been 57 homicides in Charlotte so far this year.  This time last year there were 33.

In this episode, Tom breaks a campaign promise and asks our political gurus for their pick as the biggest broken political promise in Mecklenburg County.

Then Candidate ME takes a look at absentee mail-in ballots - the potential problems and even a recent scandal with them.

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High-level changes may be in the works at Wells Fargo. The Wall Street Journal reports the embattled bank is eyeing changes that will likely include the departure of chairman Stephen Sanger. He's held the post since October, when then-chairman and CEO John Stumpf abruptly stepped down.

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Charlotte’s Citizens Review Board will not ask CMPD Chief Kerr Putney to reverse his decision to exonerate Officer Brentley Vinson of wrongdoing in last year’s fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. After nearly three full days of testimony and arguments, Thursday’s vote was split four to four.

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Updated Friday, Aug. 11, 2017
A draft report is out from a consultant reviewing the contract for the I-77 toll lane project north of Charlotte. Mercator Advisors says it would have cost NCDOT at least $149 million to cancel the contract with the private company hired to build and manage the lanes - using figures as of Dec. 31, 2016.

The old Hercules Industrial Park off Statesville Avenue is up for redevelopment.
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WFAE has a new initiative called Ask Us to let our audience suggest story ideas. On our website, we're asking what you're curious about in the Charlotte region, its life, and culture. We recently put another set of five questions to a vote – letting you decide the story you wanted us to cover. The winner came from Steve Tekola, of east Charlotte. He talked to WFAE's David Boraks.

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'The Harvest Baker' Pie Expert To Visit Charlotte

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Excerpted from The Harvest Baker © by Ken Haedrich, photo © Johnny Autry, used with permission from Storey Publishing.

Has an avalanche of tomatoes, squash, berries, or beets landed in your kitchen?

Never fear, Ken Haedrich is here to help. He has a new book, The Harvest Baker: 150 Sweet and Savory Recipes Celebrating the Fresh-Picked Flavors of Fruits, Herbs and Vegetables. Even better, he’ll be visiting Charlotte on August 22 and will help you solve your persistent pie problems. 

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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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