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Courtesy of the Artist

In connection with the latest SouthBound episode -- an interview with Josh Burford, Southern LGBTQ historian -- we present a collection of music from LGBTQ artists from the South. 

I had a lot of fun -- and learned a lot -- making this one. For a deep historical dive on LGBTQ music of all kinds, make sure to check out JD Doyle's work at http://www.queermusicheritage.com.

Alex Olgin / WFAE

The problems that resulted in the state taking over Charlotte-based Cardinal Innovations Healthcare can be boiled down to one word: Excessive.

Excessive executive pay, excessive parties, excessive resort retreats. Some of it violated state law – and none of it looked good for a taxpayer-funded organization that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 20 counties.

And when it comes to services, some the families that depend on Cardinal accuse it of penny-pinching. 

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Law enforcement officials say four homicides and multiple shootings in the Charlotte area over the past week involved domestic violence.  And, police and court officials say 27 percent of last year’s homicides in Charlotte-Mecklenburg were related to domestic violence. 

The number of such killings so early in the new year is “alarming,” says Karen Parker, with Safe Alliance in Charlotte.  The organization provides support and services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is calling for private companies to provide more robust health coverage and for the state to expand its Medicaid program as a way to combat the number of opioid overdoses in the state.

Cooper says the number of deaths by prescription opioid overdoses is declining, while deaths by non-prescription opioids, like heroin and fentanyl, remain high.

A York County law enforcement officer is in critical condition and three others are being treated in the hospital after a domestic violence suspect shot them early Tuesday.

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Mecklenburg County will open an emergency shelter for the homeless at the Grady Cole Center on Kings Drive for the next couple of days as winter weather returns to the Charlotte area.

Alex Olgin / WFAE News

Lawmakers received a brief update about Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Tuesday. One key point at issue - just when the state will return control of the organization to its newly picked board of directors.

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A panel of federal judges has denied a request from Republican lawmakers to delay redrawing all of North Carolina's 13 congressional districts.

Coal ash is being excavated from Duke Energy's closed Riverbend coal plant on Mountain Island Lake.
David Boraks / WFAE

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein is opposing Duke Energy's request to charge ratepayers for the costs of cleaning up its coal ash dumps around the state.  

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WFAE is working on a story about sexual assault in Charlotte. And right now, we hope to hear from you. 

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