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Last year retired Florida couple Chap and Bonnie Percival set out on an epic road trip: they drove the path of totality of the next solar eclipse. One of their stops was Charlotte which is very near but not quite in the path of totality. Listeners in Charlotte can expect to experience the partial solar eclipse around 2:41 p.m. today.

North Carolina General Assembly

Republicans in the North Carolina House on Saturday released a first look at their plan for redrawing district boundaries, as ordered by federal judges.  The Senate redistricting committee is also expected to release its proposed map before a statewide public hearing on Tuesday.  

Jerry Lewis
The Jerry Lewis Show

  Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91.

Publicist Candi Cazau says Lewis died Sunday morning of natural causes at age 91 in Las Vegas with his family by his side.

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 Updated August 20, 2017 9:26 a.m 

Dick Gregory, the comedian and civil rights crusader, died Saturday. He was 84.

His family announced the news on his public Facebook page.

Several hundred people joined a Charlotte Uprising vigil Saturday night uptown.
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Several hundred people gathered in uptown's Marshall Park Saturday night for a peaceful vigil following last weekend's unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Organized by the group Charlotte Uprising, it drew a diverse crowd of white, black, Asian, Latino and LGBT people. 

The Knights are the Caballeros this weekend. Posing after the first ball was thrown out were Rocio Gonzalez of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce; catcher Rob Brantley;  Jim Huffman, who was there with the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation c
Charlotte Knights

BB&T Ballpark had a different feel Friday night, as Latin music and Spanish language announcements played over the PA system. The Charlotte Knights became the Charlotte Caballeros for the weekend as the team tries to build a following in the Hispanic community. 

Alevo CEO Jostein Eikeland unveiled the company's plans for the old Philip Morris plant in October 2014.
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An industrial battery company that took over the former Philip Morris plant in Concord three years ago is going out of business. Nearly 300 people are losing their jobs.

NEWTON, N.C. (AP) — Police say a man pepper-sprayed Confederate re-enactors in North Carolina during a reunion parade.

News outlets quote police as saying that 56-year-old Karl Smith of Morganton has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault. It wasn't clear if he had an attorney.

Statue of Henry Lawson Wyatt, Confederate soldier, on the capitol grounds in Raleigh.
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Communities across the South face renewed pressure to remove Confederate monuments, following the deadly weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.  In North Carolina, more than 200 monuments and memorials are dedicated to the Confederacy or Confederate soldiers, according to UNC history professor W. "Fitz" Brundage.

Clayton Wilcox, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools superintendent
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In an interview with WFAE's Charlotte Talks, CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox sought to cast himself as a strong, yet sensitive new leader in the school district and urged voters to support what would be the largest bond referendum in CMS history on the upcoming November ballot.

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