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Raising The Dropout Age Shows Varied Results

In North Carolina, you can legally drop out of high school at the age of 16 – except in two school districts in Catawba County – Newton-Conover City Schools and Hickory Public Schools. Both were given permission to raise the dropout age to 18 three years ago as part of a pilot program. These districts have seen some success, but they don’t owe it all to raising the dropout age.

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Charlotte School Of Law Hires New Interim Dean; Meck County Commission Approves 1.7B Budget

Paul Megget will become Charlotte School of Law's third dean in as many months. Meanwhile, the Mecklenburg County Commission has approved two budget plans, one a $1.7 billion operating budget for FY2018, the other a $1.5 billion long-term capital improvement plan. And, the proposed North Carolina state budget continues to move quickly through the General Assembly.

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A new bill would allow drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing to decide if they’d like a special symbol on their license to designate their disability. The symbol would be used as an indicator to law enforcement to ensure safe and effective communication.

An NCDOT traffic camera showed I-77 northbound at Mile 21 jammed around 2 p.m. on May 12 because of work on the damaged sign near Exit 31.
NCDOT

NCDOT has fined the lead contractor on the I-77 toll lanes project $412,500 for daytime lane closures after construction accident in Mooresville last month that caused a day-long traffic jam. The DOT notified I-77 Mobility Partners of the penalty in a letter Thursday.

Al Phillips self-portrait
Al Phillips / Charlotte Observer

Al Phillips, an artist who used his talent and imagination to capture major moments, big ideas and compelling people during 14 years as an illustrator for the Charlotte Observer, died Sunday at Asbury Methodist Village, a retirement community in Gaithersburg, Md.

He would have turned 84 on Thursday. The birthday party his family and friends had been planning will now be a memorial, said his daughter Kendra’s partner, Julie Chitty.

The Southern Baptist Convention voted to formally "denounce and repudiate" white nationalism and the alt-right movement at the church's annual meeting Wednesday, but only after the denomination's leadership was criticized for initially bypassing the proposal.

dan river coal ash cleanup
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Dozens of insurance companies say they're not obligated to help pay for Duke Energy Corp.'s multi-billion dollar coal ash cleanup because the nation's largest electric company long knew about but did nothing to reduce the threat of potentially toxic pollutants.

NC Government

Democrat Roy Cooper was sworn in as governor on January 1. The one constant over that time has been a series of clashes with the Republican controlled General Assembly.

The latest was kicked off by the U.S. Supreme Court, which recently ruled 28 state legislative districts are illegal racial gerrymanders. Those boundaries must be redrawn.

But when is still an open question. The high court left it to a lower federal court to decide that issue.

On Wednesday, Governor Cooper gave an exclusive interview to WFAE. He spoke with our Political Reporter Tom Bullock.

Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown updating media.
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Updated 11:37 a.m.
A rifle-wielding gunman opened fire Wednesday at a Republican congressional baseball practice just outside Washington, wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and several others.

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An after school program that serves low-income students may be cut if the Trump Administration has its way.  

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The president and CEO of the Charlotte Museum of History is stepping down to accept a position at a new museum in Washington, D.C.

Charlotte Projects Win Grants For City Improvements

Jun 13, 2017
Charlotte Center City Partners

Two Charlotte projects won grants from The Knight Cities Challenge to make it easier for people to navigate the city and engage with local government. Charlotte Center City Partners won with the proposal to fill in two sections of a walking path that runs along the LYNX line called The Rail Trail. 

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