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February's 'Day Without Immigrant' protest drew thousands to uptown's Marshall Park
Tom Bullock / WFAE

A coalition of immigrant and advocacy groups have planned a second citywide boycott, rally, and march for Monday, May 1, during which they will call on Charlotte's corporate and government leaders to take bolder steps to support local immigrants and refugees.

What Position Does Christian McCaffrey Play? The Answer Should Please Panthers Fans

Apr 28, 2017

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis inadvertently paid tribute to Christian McCaffrey’s versatility Thursday night at the NFL draft when he introduced his newest teammate as a “wide receiver – I meant, running back.”

Davis can be forgiven for the slip. In fact, he forgot to mention kick returner and punt returner, too.

The Panthers selected McCaffrey, the do-it-all Stanford scat-back, with the eighth pick in the first round, giving quarterback Cam Newton an offensive weapon with a history of making plays all over the field.

Police fire tear gas into the protest on Tuesday night
Ely Portillo / Charlotte Observer

Stop me if you've heard this one before. The North Carolina House has passed a bill that is sure to bring controversy.

This measure shields drivers who hit protesters from lawsuits. 

The student assignment proposal is drawing lots of comments from CMS parents. Many of them from the city's south side. Eric Davis, who represents that area, says that's because, under the plan, his district would do the heavy-lifting. Pairing two sets of elementary schools in his district has generated the most comments. He said on WFAE's Charlotte Talks Thursday people are worried about their property values falling and sending their children to schools that now struggle.    

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On Monday, Judge Douglas McCullough of the North Carolina Court of Appeals resigned his seat.  Some 36 days before he turned 72, which is the mandatory retirement age of the court.  The reason, McCullough says was simple. "I retired at that time because I did not want my legacy to the court to be the elimination of my seat and the impairment of the court."

Duke imploded its retired Sutton coal-fired plant in 2016.
Duke Energy

President Donald Trump wants to revive the coal industry and bring back coal jobs. But big coal buyers like Duke Energy are moving in the opposite direction. Duke's annual sustainability report calls for continuing to invest in cleaner energy sources, like natural gas and solar power. 

Complicated and conservative is how some are describing the student assignment plan CMS officials unveiled at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. Superintendent Ann Clark took questions about the proposed plan Wednesday during a Facebook Live discussion.

Form N.C. governor Jim Martin
Tom Bullock - WFAE

Science, and religion. Are they mutually exclusive? Former North Carolina governor Jim Martin doesn't think so. 

"It's a new interpretation that science and religion are not only different domains of truth, but they...harmonize."

Bank of America sign
Jennifer Lang / WFAE

Bank of America shareholders on Wednesday rejected a series of stockholder proposals, including one that would have required the jobs of chairman and CEO to be separate. During the company's annual meeting uptown, shareholders also easily elected the company's 14 nominees to the board.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Nearly half of CMS schools would see changes of some kind, under the proposed student assignment plan the superintendent laid out last night. But most aren't big ones. They involve shifting a neighborhood or two to a school that may be closer, less crowded or allow for a slightly more diverse student body. But there are some more substantive changes, too. WFAE's Lisa Worf discusses the plan with Morning Edition host Marshall Terry. 

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