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Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has made at least 6 stops in North Carolina this election. But Monday night’s stop in Winston-Salem was the first to include Governor Pat McCrory. He warmed up the crowd with some jokes.


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The heat is back, and that's pushing power plants to the limit. Duke Energy is testing a new way to trim demand – with a competition that challenges customers to turn off the A/C on days when electricity demand is highest. Monday was one of those days. 

The former headmaster of a Huntersville Christian school has agreed to plead guilty to embezzling $9 million from the school and its affiliated church, and using it for personal expenses.

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What started as speculation over House Bill 2 has now become fact. The 2017 NBA All Star Game will not be played in Charlotte.

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Charlotte city staff have rejected the only two bids to expand the Gold Line, commonly called the streetcar. The plan now is to negotiate.

NBA's Decision 'PC BS,' McCrory Says

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Joining Mike Collins on Charlotte Talks Friday, Governor Pat McCrory spoke out against the NBA's decision to move the 2017 All Star Game out of Charlotte. McCrory stood by House Bill Two and said blame should be placed on the city of Charlotte for passing its expansion of the city's non-discrimination ordinance, and on the media and groups like Human Rights Campaign for mischaracterizing HB2 and waging war against anyone who doesn't fully agree. 

Hear that and our Friday news roundup. 

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The Republican National Convention has plenty of new faces in the crowd this year. Donald Trump has managed to attract scores of newcomers, many of them attending the convention for the first time.

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  The state is expanding track capacity on the rail line connecting Raleigh and Charlotte. It's part of the Piedmont Improvement Project, which received $520 million dollars in federal funding.

Traffic congestion is a serious problem in the tenth most populous state and increasing the number of rail cars will offer a reliable option for North Carolina's rapidly growing population, according to North Carolina Rail Division Director Paul Worley.

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Charlotte will get its first direct intermodal rail connection to the port of Wilmington this fall, when CSX begins the Queen City Express. The service announced this week puts Wilmington in competition with Charleston and other ports that serve Charlotte.

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As you’ve probably heard by now, politicians and delegates are in Cleveland this week for the Republican National Convention. So is Charlotte resident Rose Hamid. Hamid who is a Muslim, gained national attention when she silently protested at a Donald Trump rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina earlier this year and was kicked out.

WFAE’s Sarah Delia checked in with Hamid on the third day of the RNC.


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