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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles spoke during the city council retreat in Durham Thursday.
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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles says the city is about two-thirds of the way toward a three-year goal to add 5,000 affordable housing units. But that's far short of what's needed, and existing units are disappearing as well. So the council spent a day at its annual budget retreat in Durham Thursday exploring ideas. 

From left, Mayor Vi Lyles, City Manager Marcus Jones and at-large council member Braxton Winston listen to a presentation on economics.
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The Charlotte City Council is in Durham for three days this week for its annual budget and planning retreat. The main topic Thursday was a major council priority - how to preserve and create more affordable housing. WFAE's David Boraks is at the retreat and talked with host Mark Rumsey.

US House of Representatives

Representative Trey Gowdy made a surprising announcement on Wednesday. The South Carolina Republican is quitting politics and will not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

A three-judge panel has refused a request by North Carolina Republican lawmakers to block the use of new legislative district maps the judges approved for this year's elections.

North Carolina's Supreme Court on Friday declared unconstitutional a law forcing the governor to pick state elections board members from names the political parties select. Judges said the law makes Cooper unable to fulfill his duties to make sure election laws are followed. 

Canadian Parliamentary Minister and NAFTA advisor Andrew Leslie addressed the World Affairs Council of Charlotte Thursday.
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Updated Friday, Jan. 26, 2018
President Trump has threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, which he once called "the worst deal ever." As negotiations on the treaty continue this week, a top Canadian official visited Charlotte Thursday to argue that NAFTA actually is good for the US, Canada and Mexico - and for North Carolina.

Updated Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
The Town Manager in Huntersville has resigned, after his arrest Sunday night on a misdemeanor assault charge.

Zuleyma Castrejon

The future of a program that shields some young immigrants from deportation is uncertain. Last week, a federal judge halted the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, until litigation can be heard. The Department of Justice appealed that case Thursday directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. That comes as Congress debates what to do with the program, which expires in March.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has delayed a lower-court order that would have forced North Carolina Republican lawmakers to redraw the state's congressional districts by next week because of excessive partisan bias in current lines.

Are you worried any kind of redistricting could threaten the Republicans supermajority in North Carolina's House of Representatives?

"My belief is if the redistricting is done and in a fair manner, which we've done, we will hold our majority. I feel confident we'll hold our supermajority. But it's a numbers game, as you know. 

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