Republicans Admit Defeat On Health Care Bill: 'Obamacare Is The Law Of The Land'

Updated at 5 p.m. ET House Republicans scrapped a vote on their health care replacement plan on Friday after defections from both the right and center that made it clear the bill would not pass. "Obamacare is the law of the land. It is going to remain the law of the land," House Speaker Paul Ryan admitted shortly after he pulled the bill. "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future. I don't know how long it's going to take us to replace this law." Ryan may have...

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A Charlotte teenager faces a felony larceny charge - and - possible deportation to his native Mexico. Eighteen-year Gustavo Zamudio is accused of embezzling $2,900 from a Harris Teeter store where he worked. He has a court date on the theft charge on Tuesday.

Zamudio, a senior at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, is currently in federal custody at a detention center in Georgia. The teenager has been protected under DACA -  the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - designed for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children.

But Zamudio's status under DACA was revoked with his criminal arrest. It used to be that deportation proceedings wouldn't begin until a conviction. Zamudio's case is an example of changing immigration policy under the Trump administration.  

WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with one of Zamudio's immigration attorneys. Carnell Johnson says he's seeing more cases similar to Zamudio's. 

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We now have a sense of what the American Health Care Act could cost North Carolinians.

The AHCA is the Republican plan to replace the ACA – otherwise known as Obamacare.

MT:  This all has to do with money and a map.

TB: And one of the key differences between Obamacare and the Republican replacement plan. Both are based on formulas, so you can extrapolate results.

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Joel Ford drew controversy on Twitter late Tuesday night when he responded to users with animated GIF images, including the image of a defecating dog. Ford is a Democratic state senator who is also running for Charlotte mayor. Now, his campaign manager says Ford will be restricted in the GIFs he can use in the future.

Questions still remain about why it took leaders of Mecklenburg County's health department eight months to realize at least 185 women weren't notified of abnormal cervical cancer screenings.  County commissioners heard about the error in a closed session meeting in January. Public Health Director Marcus Plescia says a nurse failed to do her job, and her supervisor didn't catch it.  They and two others involved in the incident are no longer with the health department. The problems became public last month after Fred Clasen-Kelly with the Charlotte Observer began inquiring about it.  He joined WFAE’s Marshall Terry.

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For the first time Governor Roy Cooper stood before a joint session of the legislature to deliver his state of the state address.

It was a chance for Cooper to push his priorities. But given the tone of the official Republican response, that's a tall order.

Every two years North Carolina's governor is invited to give the state of the state address. And here is how Governor Roy Cooper sees it: "I want to begin by reporting to you that the state of our state is promising."

It's an interesting choice, which needed some explanation.

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Amendments to the policies that govern student reassignment and transfer requests will get a first reading at Tuesday night's Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board meeting. CMS board members will also take a first look at an update to the policy that seeks to make the district’s curriculum more culturally inclusive of all students.

Duke Energy's Preston Pierce stands atop the dam above Bad Creek Hydro Station in South Carolina.
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Wind and solar power get most of the attention when it comes to renewable energy. But Duke Energy has another alternative - a type of hydroelectric power called pumped storage. WFAE reporter David Boraks visited Bad Creek hydroelectric station in upstate South Carolina, where Duke is getting ready to invest millions of dollars in upgrades.

WFAE's Lisa Worf Wins Sunshine Award

Mar 13, 2017

WFAE Assistant News Director Lisa Worf is the winner of this year’s Sunshine Award for Journalism. The award is given by the North Carolina Open Government Coalition, which is based at Elon University.

Worf was nominated for her reporting on a new law that requires court approval to get access to police dashcam and body camera video.

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The manager of a west Charlotte beauty store and his wife have resigned after cell phone video surfaced last week showing them striking an African-American woman, throwing her to the ground, twisting her arm, and placing her in a choke hold.

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A dusting of snow fell across the Charlotte region early Sunday, then quickly began to melt as the sun came out by midday.  

At Charlotte-Douglas Airport, some incoming flights were delayed due to the inclement weather. A "ground stop" issued by the FAA for Charlotte-bound flights Sunday morning was lifted shortly before 12:30 p.m. However, the FAA advised passengers to continue checking with their airlines about possible flight delays.

The National Weather Service posted a Freeze Warning for the Charlotte area, NC foothills and much of Upstate South Carolina from 10:00 p.m. Sunday until 10:00 a.m. Monday.  

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A Surprising Season: Once More With Orzo

Mar 17, 2017
Orzo with wild rice
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Lately the weather has been see-sawing between winter and summer, then back to winter. Just as we’re ready to ease into longer days and lighter fare, here comes another arctic blast that makes us want to cup our hands around a bowl of something steaming.

It’s the perfect time for orzo, that short, little pasta that’s shaped like long grains of rice. It’s truly adaptable, pairing well with most anything from artichokes to zucchini.

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