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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Michael Tomsic

The dominant insurance company in North Carolina performed far better on the Obamacare exchange last year and increased overall profits dramatically as a result.

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For the first time, Governor Roy Cooper has laid out his priorities in an official budget proposal for the state. Overall he calls for increased spending, but there is notable exception. He wants to phase out North Carolina’s private school voucher program. 

Erin Keever

Criticism of how Charlotte’s law enforcers uphold immigration laws and calls for a stronger commitment from local elected officials in defending immigrant rights dominated the discussion at Tuesday night’s public conversation on local immigration policy. The Charlotte Talks event, broadcast live on WFAE, attracted a large crowd at the McGlohon Theater.

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More than 200 people packed the gallery at Monday night's Charlotte city council meeting, chanting "no more ICE!" and shouting over city leaders as they attempted to carry out city business.

During the public comment portion, people called on Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the city council to take bolder steps to protect immigrants and to resist HB-318, a state law that effectively outlaws sanctuary cities in North Carolina.

Sarah Delia

Immigration and refugee policies have been on the minds of people across the country, including Charlotte. Tonight WFAE’s Charlotte Talks will hold a Public Conversation event to explore these topics.

For Mayada Idlibi both of these issues hit close to home. She emigrated from Syria in the 1980’s. Today she works with refugees placed in Charlotte.  WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke with Idlibi about her journey to America and the challenges of helping refugees settle into their new home.

Protesters Shout Down City Council With Chants Of 'No More ICE!'

Feb 27, 2017
David T. Foster III / Charlotte Observer

By Bruce Henderson & Steve Harrsion

Angry and scared over the Trump administration’s push to deport undocumented immigrants, about 200 protesters shouted down Charlotte City Council at its Monday night meeting with chants of “No more ICE!” and “Do something!”

The protest started at uptown’s Marshall Park. Activists then marched through uptown and filled the council chambers, where they demanded the city’s elected officials “stand up” to the Trump administration. Some cursed at city officials.

Workers lift a girder into place for the Lynx Blue Line Extension over Harris Boulevard in February 2016.
David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte Area Transit System said Monday the Lynx Blue Line Extension won't open for service in August as originally planned. Instead, the 9.3 mile line from uptown to UNC Charlotte will open seven months later - in March 2018. 

CATS CEO John Lewis announced the bus system overhaul at the Transit Center uptown Tuesday.
David Boraks / WFAE

CATS announced Monday a seven-month delay for the opening of the light rail Blue Line Extension from uptown to UNC-Charlotte. The line is now scheduled to open next March.  The completion will wrap up more than a decade of work on the light rail line. So what's next for Charlotte Area Transit System? Three more transit lines to be built all at once, says CATS CEO John Lewis. At least that’s his goal. WFAE's David Boraks has more.

It's been almost two years since the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department began equipping officers with body-worn cameras. Monday night, Charlotte City Council members could vote to more than double the number of body cams available for use by CMPD.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday morning over the First Amendment rights of sex offenders in North Carolina. The justices will consider a North Carolina law that forbids offenders from accessing Facebook and other social media.

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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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