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Charlotte City Council Economic Development Committee

The Charlotte City Council likely won't approve an agreement to redevelop the vacant Eastland Mall site until at least next February. That's in a timetable approved Thursday by the council's economic development subcommittee.

A 1,000-room hotel could be built uptown, if the city council agrees to use tax dollars to help subsidize it. That pitch was made to city council members Monday night.

North Carolina democrats laid out their legislative priorities for the upcoming short session, and a plan they hope will win them votes in this year's mid-term elections to break the republican veto-proof majority in the General Assembly.

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As Garry McFadden gets ready to take over the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, a spokesman for the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a warning for him. If McFadden follows through on a campaign promise to end the county’s participation in the controversial 287(g) program, there could be ramped up activity on the part of ICE.

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WFAE

Tuesday's primaries included some big upsets. Mark Harris beat Republican 9th District Congressman Robert Pittenger by 814 votes in the primary. Five Republican state lawmakers won’t get another term, although Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop pulled out a primary win in his southern Mecklenburg district. And Mecklenburg County Democratic incumbents - state Sen. Joel Ford and Rep. Rodney Moore were defeated. 

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Challenger Mark Harris defeated incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger by a margin of 814 votes.

Updated Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Former CMPD homicide detective Garry McFadden has won the race to become Mecklenburg County's next sheriff, besting incumbent Irwin Carmichael and fellow challenger Antoine Ensley.  McFadden says he wants to build unity and trust, by reversing some of Carmichael's controversial policies.

Mujtaba Mohammed canvassed for votes on Tuesday.
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Mujtaba Mohammed upset incumbent Democrat Joel Ford in Tuesday’s primary for the 38th district seat in North Carolina’s State Senate, earning 51 percent of the vote in the primary.

Spencer Merriweather, right, is joined by his wife as he awaits results of the Mecklenburg District Attorney's Race.
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Mecklenburg County Democratic primary voters have overwhelmingly decided to keep District Attorney Spencer Merriweather in office. He defeated Democratic challenger Toussaint Romain, with nearly 78 percent of the vote.

Mark Harris for Congress

Republican Mark Harris has bested incumbent Robert Pittenger in the ninth congressional district, the most significant upset in races for federal office across North Carolina in Tuesday's primary.

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