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1:45 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Need For Food In Mecklenburg County Hits Pre-Recession Levels

In Mecklenburg County, the number of families who need help putting food on the table has decreased dramatically this year. That's according to Loaves and Fishes, which operates 20 food pantries in Mecklenburg County.

At the Loaves and Fishes food pantry near Statesville Avenue this week, families filled up carts with grains, beans, canned fruits and vegetables, and - with the loudest clang - a large turkey. 

Executive Director Beverly Howard says the pantries are on pace to hit a major milestone. And this year, for a change, it's a good thing.

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12:28 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

The 3-Win Panthers Have An Unusual Shot At The Playoffs

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The Carolina Panthers are preparing to head to the frozen north this weekend to face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The Panthers haven’t won a game since early October, but find themselves in an unusual position for their record: They still control their own playoff destiny.


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6:28 am
Thu November 27, 2014

'Fared Sumptuously On The Way' - A Thanksgiving Meal That Made News

Is your Thanksgiving dinner worth a story in the newspaper?
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Today, as you roast your turkey, grill your vegetables or consider where you’ll order takeout consider this: way back in the day a great Thanksgiving meal could make the newspaper. And we’re not talking about reviews. Here's the story of just such a feast.

This particular Thanksgiving meal was spotted by Nicholas Graham, a librarian at UNC Chapel Hill. "Well, we do a lot of work digitizing old newspapers," Graham explains. 

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6:21 am
Thu November 27, 2014

The History (And Crazy Fight) Over When To Celebrate Thanksgiving In NC

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Today is Thanksgiving Day, legally defined as the fourth Thursday in November. But here in North Carolina it wasn’t always thus. We might even want to give thanks a specific day was eventually set.

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5:54 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Caldwell, Burke No Longer Among Most Distressed NC Counties

The NC Department of Commerce's new tier designations for 2015. Blue is Tier one. Green is Tier 2. Yellow is Tier 3.
Credit NC Department of Commerce

For many years Caldwell and Burke counties have been on the state’s list of most economically distressed counties, but not anymore. 

The state deemed Caldwell County one of its worst off counties in 2005. The county was losing hundreds of textile and furniture jobs and things got worse. 

“February 2010 was our lowest point when our headlines read 17.6 percent unemployment,” says Deborah Murray, the director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission. 

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12:56 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

SC Law Enforcement Provides More Detail On Bobby Harrell Investigation

Bobby Harrell.
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South Carolina law enforcement is releasing some details of the investigation that eventually resulted in the fall from grace of former South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell. Harrell resigned a month ago after pleading guilty to six campaign finance violations.

In February 2013, South Carolina's state law enforcement division began an investigation into then-House Speaker Bobby Harrell. The state attorney general's office asked the division, called SLED, to look into several complaints from the president of a watchdog group. 

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10:09 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Union County School Board Asks Sheriff To Investigate Colleague

The Union County board of education met here to vote on filing a complaint against Savage.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

The Union County Public School board voted yesterday to file a criminal complaint regarding one of its board members.  The board says it appears Marce Savage stole $2,600 from taxpayers by double-dipping and filing false mileage reports. 

First, the board censured Savage a couple weeks ago. Then, it turned over her expense requests to the Sheriff. Yesterday, the board approved this motion from board member Rick Pigg:   

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9:44 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Charlotte Protesters: 'We Look At Ferguson And We See Our Backyard'

Protesters in Marshall Park
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Ferguson, Missouri is more than 700 miles away from Charlotte. But that doesn’t mean the events there aren’t resonating here.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Charlotte last night to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed black teen Michael Brown.

It was just after 6:00 p.m. when the crowd gathered in front of the fountain at Marshall Park, their arms raised as they yelled out "hands up...don't shoot!", a refrain now heard across the country.

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4:00 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Week Traffic Overview

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Low gas prices and an improving economy have contributed to the projected busiest holiday travel in six years.


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9:45 am
Tue November 25, 2014

How Charlotte's Historic West End Is Shaping The New South

Charlotte’s West End is the subject of a book called "Let There Be Light:  Exploring How Charlotte’s Historic West End is Shaping a New South.” It’s a collection of essays by local journalists, scholars, and civic leaders who explore the history and future of this largely African-American part of town just over I-77 from uptown. The book is a project of Johnson C. Smith University. Morning Edition host Marshall Terry visited school president Ronald Carter and asked him how this part of Charlotte is helping to shape the New South.


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