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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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South Carolina Government

One week from today, voters in South Carolina's 5th Congressional District will pick their next congressman.

This special election comes after a bruising primary campaign for Republicans which included a runoff and a recount.

For Democrats, they're hoping South Carolinians will do what Montanans and Kansans did not, flip a red House district blue.  WFAE's Tom Bullock is with All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey to walk us through the latest in this race.

The proposed unit would add 400 megawatts of generating capacity at the plant near Denver.

Duke Energy is asking state regulators for permission to expand its gas-fired turbine power plant in Lincoln County.  Duke says the project is needed to meet a growing demand for electricity during winter and summer months.  

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Updated Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Mecklenburg County Commissioners on Monday took a step back from their January vote in favor of funding a new Major League Soccer stadium in Charlotte.

Monday, June 12 2017

The Charlotte Observer uncovered troubling misconduct in North Carolina prisons involving sex, drugs and gang violence-- by prison corrections officers. Mike Collins is joined by the reporters who conducted the investigation. 

Charlotte City Council members are set to vote Monday night on a budget that would keep the city's property tax rate steady, and put more police officers on Charlotte streets.

Updated at 5:52 p.m.

Puerto Ricans overwhelmingly voted for U.S. statehood for their island in a nonbinding referendum on Sunday.

The Associated Press reports that only partial results are in but a low turnout and boycott by several opposition parties calls into question the validity of the non-binding vote.

Says the AP:

John T. Edge is a man who knows how spin a good yarn. Listening to him talk can feel like falling under the spell of your favorite college professor. He's wickedly smart, funny, warm and welcoming.

And for years, the tale he's been telling is all about Southern food: about its central role in Southern identity, and about what it owes to the African-American and immigrant cooks who have historically been left out of the standard narratives the South tells about itself.

Davidson Baseball's Surprise Tournament Run Comes To An End

Jun 10, 2017

Davidson’s best season in school history had a brutal ending as Texas A&M scored seven runs in the eighth inning, rallying for a 12-6 victory Saturday at Blue Bell Park to sweep the regional series, advancing to the College World Series.

Davidson (35-26) was in position to force a third game with a 6-2 lead through seven innings, but unraveled in the eighth inning behind a pair of errors.

Videos Show Rescue Of Rape Victim, SC Serial Killer's Confessions

Jun 10, 2017

After hearing a woman's screams inside a large metal container, investigators sawed and pried open the bin, rescuing the woman who had been chained inside for about two months by a serial killer, according to new videos released by prosecutors.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney is wary of a bill that would relax restrictions on carrying concealed handguns in North Carolina. Speaking to reporters at a town hall Saturday, Putney said North Carolinians did not need more laws that could lead to more shootings by irresponsible gun owners.



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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