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CATS CEO John Lewis announced the bus system overhaul at the Transit Center uptown Tuesday.
David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte Area Transit System has begun planning for an overhaul of the region's bus system. CATS CEO John Lewis says the goal of the Envision My Ride effort is to reach more people, increase the frequency of buses, and cut travel times.

A mistrial has been declared in the murder trial of former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager. Despite more than 22 hours of deliberation over four days, jurors told the judge Monday they couldn't reach a verdict.  

Governor Pat McCrory concedes to challenger Roy Cooper in a video released by the governor's office.
N.C. Governor's Office

Nearly a month after Election Day, Republican Governor Pat McCrory has conceded the race to Democrat Roy Cooper. 

Usually concession speeches happen in ballrooms surrounded by a crowd. McCrory's took place on a couch in front of a Christmas tree with a camera rolling. 

Courtesy of Lawana Mayfield

Affordable housing. It’s a term we hear a lot in Charlotte.  But what does it mean? According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, housing is considered affordable if no more than 30 percent of income is spent on household expenses. For Charlotte, that amounts to a wage of about $17.12 needed in order to afford market-rate housing.  

Racial gerrymandering in North Carolina will be the focus of arguments today before the U.S. Supreme Court. The short-staffed court is reviewing a lower court ruling that struck down how North Carolina redrew its congressional districts in 2011.

Community Charter School

One of Charlotte's oldest charter schools will either close at the end of this school year or face a dramatic change. The State Board of Education voted Thursday to allow another charter to take over Community Charter School. 

"I guess I was just bored," Keith Mann of Franklin, N.C. told the U.S. Forest Service when questioned why he set two fires in Macon County.

The Forest Service says it began investigating him after he called 911 to report the second fire. After an agent began questioning him, Mann admitted it was him all along who set the fires. He told the agent he used a box of kitchen matches.

Wayne Parker, former headmaster of SouthLake Christian Academy in Huntersville, walks into the Charles R. Jonas Federal Courthouse on July 28, 2016.
David T. Foster III / Charlotte Observer

The former headmaster of Southlake Christian School in Huntersville was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday after admitting to stealing millions of dollars from the school and its affiliated church. Wayne C. Parker, 57, of Mooresville, was accused of spending the money on homes, vehicles, travel and other personal expenses.

Michael Tomsic

Protesters marched through uptown Wednesday night after the Mecklenburg County district attorney announced no charges in the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. Amid the anger, there was also a conversation between a demonstrator and a police officer who have both become familiar faces at protests.

Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray announces no charges will be filed in the police shooting of Keith Scott.
David Boraks / WFAE

The Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer who shot and killed an African-American man in September will not face any charges. Mecklenburg County’s district attorney said Tuesday all the evidence supports officer Brentley Vinson’s claim that he felt threatened.

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