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County Leaders Pushing To Land MLS Team

Jan 20, 2017
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Mecklenburg County leaders are promoting a plan to help Charlotte land a Major League Soccer team. It would involve essentially reconstructing American Legion Memorial Stadium near uptown, and it would cost the city and county about $44 million each.

Marcelle and Deborah Graham live near Duke Energy's Buck plant in Salisbury. They think the company's offer of coal ash compensation isn't enough.
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State law requires Duke Energy to provide public water line connections or water filtration systems to about a thousand households near its North Carolina coal ash dumps by late 2018. Last week, the company offered a cash bonus, too - but only if homeowners give up the right to sue. Some don't like the offer. 

Sarah Delia

Friday is inauguration day, and right now, people are getting ready to travel to the nation’s capital. We’re not talking about the swearing in of Donald Trump, but the Women's March on Washington which takes place the day after the inauguration. Women from all over the country are flocking to D.C. for the march, which organizers say is not anti-Trump but rather pro-women.

WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke to several groups of Charlotte women about why they are making the journey up to march and has this story. 

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Late last year there was a sign posted outside a church in Charleston. The kind spelled out with small white plastic letters pushed into black felt. It read, "We thank you for your many acts of kindness."

It's a message that might as well be aimed at a man named Memo. He gave no last name.

Memo says he walks past this historic church a lot, many times a day. And each time he does the same thing. "I take my hat off. It's respect."

For nine people who lost their lives to a horrific act of hate.

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It became apparent about three years ago that Charlotte School of Law had a dilemma. The for-profit school that opened in 2006 had admitted too many unqualified students. Many failed out and others who graduated couldn't pass the bar. That bar passage rate is an important way to recruit new students and one of the reasons it came under scrutiny by its accreditor the American Bar Association. So Charlotte School of Law leaders came up with a creative solution. 

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Thirteen North Carolinians had their sentences commuted and  one other was granted a pardon by President Barack Obama on Tuesday as part of 273 acts of clemency issued by the White House. All fourteen North Carolinians were imprisoned on nonviolent drug convictions.

The Metrolina Warehouse in Davidson was an asbestos factory from 1930 to 1960.  A developer wants to tear it down and build apartments.
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A plan to redevelop an old mill in downtown Davidson has led to the discovery - or re-discovery - of disease-causing asbestos on the site and around the neighborhood. As officials figure out how to clean it up, historical fears and concerns have surfaced as well.

 The Charlotte City Council Monday night voted unanimously to appoint Dimple Ajmera to represent District 5 in east Charlotte. She replaces John Autry, who was elected to the state House of Representatives in November. 

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The U.S. Justice Department argues the fight over Governor Roy Cooper's proposed Medicaid expansion does not belong in federal court. Its attorneys and Cooper's are asking a federal judge to lift her temporary restraining order on the expansion plans.

Charlotte Hornets

Monday is the last day to vote for who should play in the NBA All-Star Game next month. The Charlotte Hornets have come up with a creative way to lobby for their star point guard, Kemba Walker.

Fans of the roundhouse-kicking actor Chuck Norris may pick up on the similarity of this:

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