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Crowded GOP Field Seeks To Replace Mick Mulvaney In SC Congressional Race

Voters in South Carolina's 5 th congressional district will head to the polls May 2 to take part in a special election for Congress. The district is a sprawling one stretching through much of the upstate down to south and east of Columbia. There are at least 14 people running for the seat. And while the race hasn't garnered the national attention of other special elections in Kansas and Georgia, the race could have national ramifications.

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Demonstrators line up by the convention center.
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The police killing of Keith Scott last September brought several nights of sometimes violent demonstrations uptown. So Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police hired a consultant to examine their operations and community relations. This week, reviewers from The Police Foundation of Washington, DC, make their first visit, with a public meeting Wednesday night. 

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Thirteen Charlotte elementary schools are hoping to get some of the same flexibility as charter schools. It could be granted under the state’s Restart initiative, an effort to turn around academically struggling schools. CMS board members signed off on the applications but are divided on its merits.

Dr. David Jacobs, a violence prevention specialist at Carolinas HealthCare System, offered crime data at the start of Friday's conference, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Beatties Ford Road.
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Twenty-seven people have been murdered in Charlotte since the start of the year. That's about double the number a year ago, and mirrors a local and national trend of growth in violent crime. Experts are trying to understand why, and more importantly, what to do about it. WFAE reporter David Boraks was at a conference on Youth Violence Prevention Friday in Charlotte and talked with WFAE’s Lisa Worf.

New signs and pavement markings are planned for the toll lane work zone on I-77 from Charlotte to Mooresville.
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The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans new signs and other safety improvements on I-77, in the construction zone for toll lanes between Charlotte and Mooresville.

NCDOT announced the changes Friday, after a recent inspection by its top traffic engineers. That review came after recent complaints from drivers about wrecks in the work zone.

One week ago, House Bill 2 was repealed and replaced by House Bill 142. And a lot has happened since then.

The NCAA and ACC have each said championship games can again be played in North Carolina. But in the case of the NCAA, its decision was a "reluctant one."

That’s because the compromise law that ended HB 2 also essentially blocks LGBT discrimination protections in North Carolina until [at least] December of 2020.

Charlotte  transgender activist Lara Americo is among the disappointed. She thinks House Bill 2 was borne of ignorance among lawmakers. Not so with the HB 142 compromise.

“There’s been a lot of education about what the transgender community in North Carolina looks like," Americo says. "Now with HB 142 being passed, they know who we are and what we’re about, but they still refuse to give us the protections that we need.” 

Americo spoke to WFAE’s Mark Rumsey about the new law, and what life has been like since the passage of House Bill 2.

An Alcoa dam on Badin Lake.
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North Carolina's lawsuit over ownership of the Yadkin riverbed isn't over, even though a federal appeals court ruled against the state this week. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Josh Stein says the state will ask for a re-hearing of the case before all 15 judges at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.

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Homicide in Charlotte is on the rise. There were 12 reported homicides at this time last year. In 2017, there have already been 28 – with two being reported Wednesday.

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney says his department is doing what it can to combat the problem.

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On Wednesday the North Carolina Senate passed a tax cut bill with a catchy name. This vote was never in doubt. The bill passed the House Tuesday in a party line vote. And the bill's name played a prominent role in that debate.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say they plan to bring murder charges against the girlfriend of a man already accused in the shooting deaths of his parents in east Charlotte Sunday. The pair also face kidnapping charges after fleeing to Washington, D.C., with the man's 11-year-old niece.

The Yadkin River dams once supplied power to Alcoa's smelter on Badin Lake.
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Updated Thursday, April 6, 2017
A federal appeals court has ruled that North Carolina cannot claim ownership of the riverbed near dams along the Yadkin River. In a 2-1 decision this week, judges upheld a lower court ruling in the state's lawsuit against aluminum giant Alcoa over control of a 45-mile stretch of the Yadkin.

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Dem. Mayoral Candidates To Debate Saturday; Cooper Vetoes GOP Bills On Elections, Judges

Several progressive and Democratic groups have organized the first candidate forum of Charlotte's upcoming mayoral race . The forum will feature all three of the Democratic candidates who've announced plans to run.

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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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