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3:52 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Federal Government Warns NC Again About Food Stamp Delays

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The federal government is once again warning North Carolina about delays in processing food stamp applications. It's the state health department's latest headache related to NC FAST, an online processing system for food stamps and other public assistance.

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Politics
11:06 am
Fri May 22, 2015

NC House Passes $22 Billion Budget

Early Friday morning the House of Representatives passed their $22 billion state budget.
Credit NC General Assembly

Early Friday morning, North Carolina’s House of Representatives passed its $22 billion state budget. The final vote came just after 1 am. It capped off more than 9 hours of debate about the bill itself and nearly 50 amendments to the measure.

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Local News
9:29 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Gas-Guzzling NASCAR Takes Green Initiatives To Heart

A pit crew member rolls containers of ethanol-blended fuel toward the racetrack.
Credit Michael Tomsic

When you think "environmentally friendly," NASCAR is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.

After all, burning fuel is a fundamental part of stock car racing. But NASCAR, like other pro sports, is trying to decrease its carbon footprint. Some of those initiatives will be on display at the Coca-Cola 600 this weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Local News
12:48 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Family Dollar - Dollar Tree Merger Closing Pushed Back

Family Dollar corporate headquarters in Matthews, N.C.
Credit Jennifer Lang / WFAE

The pending merger of Family Dollar Stores and Dollar Tree now appears to be headed toward completion in early July.  


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Local News
10:49 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Bank Of America Hit With Big Fine

Federal Reserve hits Charlotte-based Bank of America with $205 million fine

Bank of America is one of six financial institutions hit with a total of nearly $1.8 billion in fines Wednesday by the Federal Reserve. The fines stem from foreign currency trade violations. 

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu May 21, 2015

STEM Education And MOOC

A Mind for Numbers book cover
Credit http://www.barbaraoakley.com/

How is it possible that someone who flunked elementary, middle and high school math and science has become one of the most popular teachers in the world and a professor of engineering? We’re going to find out how Barbara Oakley did it. She now has nearly a million students in her online classes and her teaching methods have been described as revolutionary by The Wall Street Journal. She joins us to tell her story and talk about her approach.

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Politics
9:54 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Contrary To Party Doctrine, State Republicans Fiddle With Local Control

Wake County, Stanley County, the city of Greensboro and Rockingham County are just a few local governments affected by local legislation this year.
Credit North Carolina Government

Wednesday, the North Carolina Senate voted to shrink the Rockingham County School Board and redraw their districts.  

This is just the latest move by the Republican controlled General Assembly which seems to contradict a core belief of their party: Local Control is best.  

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Local News
3:43 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

37 Alleged MS-13 Gang Members Face Racketeering And Murder Charges

Federal authorities have charged 37 alleged MS-13 gang members with murder, drug and other crimes. Arrests were made in the Charlotte area Wednesday morning after a federal grand jury handed up indictments a day earlier.

Sixteen alleged members were arrested Wednesday. Another 16 were in state custody on other state charges, and five remain at large.

All are charged with conspiracy to participate in racketeering. Other charges some face include assault and firearms violations.

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Local News
7:17 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Monroe Says CMPD Will Be His Last Police Chief Job, Doesn't Rule Out Working Again

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe talks about his decision to retire, May 19, 2015.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Retiring CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe met with reporters Tuesday to talk about his decision to step down July 1.

Chief Monroe said he’s been thinking about retiring for several months, but he made the final decision over the weekend. He says being police chief is a tough job that takes a lot of energy.

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Local News
4:52 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Duke To Close Asheville Coal Plant 15 Years Early

Duke's Asheville Coal Plant
Credit Duke Energy

Duke Energy will close one of its few remaining coal plants 15 years earlier than expected; the company says it will shutter its Asheville coal plant by 2019. Once done, Duke will have retired more than half of its coal units in the Carolinas since 2011.


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