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A speaker addresses the Charlotte City council Monday night, in this view from a live stream by Braxton Winston, from his seat at the council dais.
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The Charlotte City Council next month will consider whether to resume televising its pre-meeting citizen comment sessions - a practice halted after meetings were disrupted last spring. Newly elected at-large member Braxton Winston favors the change. At Monday's meeting, he took matters into his own hands by streaming the forum live from the dais. 

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Mecklenburg County has released the initial ransom email from hackers responsible for the ransomware attack on government servers.

“All your files have been encrypted!" the message reads. "All your files have been encrypted because of a security problem with your PC."

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio talked to reporters Wednesday about this week's hacker attack on county servers.
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County Manager Dena Diorio says hackers from the Ukraine or Iran are likely behind this week's attack that shut down Mecklenburg County computer systems. County officials said Wednesday afternoon the county will not pay a $23,000 ransom in the electronic currency Bitcoins demanded by the attackers. They say the county will restore its systems from backups.

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Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio said Wednesday the county won't pay computer criminals $23,000 to unlock data scrambled in a "ransomware" attack this week. 

About 25 people attended the forum, organized by Mecklenburg Ministries, in the chapel at Park Road Baptist Church.
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One reaction by houses of worship to last month's mass shooting at a Baptist church in Texas has been to look inward, and think about church security. Another, discussed at a forum on gun violence Tuesday in Charlotte, is to look outward and ask how people of faith can help battle the problem.

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With five new council members and a new mayor, the Charlotte City Council now turns its attention to laying out its priorities. On WFAE’s Charlotte Talks Tuesday, at-large councilman James “Smuggie” Mitchell says expanding the Charlotte Area Transit system is one of the discussions the new council needs to have soon.

Vi Lyles takes the oath of office as Charlotte's new mayor Monday night from Superior Court Judge Yvonne Mims Evans.
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Change - on both the city council and across the city - was the main theme Monday night as Charlotte's new mayor, Vi Lyles, and city council council were sworn in at the Government Center.  The meeting was mostly ceremonial, except for one closely watched piece of business: election of a new mayor pro tem. On that, the council stuck to tradition.

Mecklenburg County houses and commercial buildings are due for another property revaluation in 2019.  Values are expected to jump. The last one in 2011 had to be redone because of errors. The county assessor says this time will be different. 

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The Senate narrowly approved a $1.4 trillion tax overhaul early Saturday morning following a day of procedural delays and frustration.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The expert who federal judges asked to redraw some North Carolina House and Senate district lines rejects Republican arguments that he set race-based population targets within new boundaries, saying he focused on other redistricting criteria instead.

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