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Diane Kelly
DYLAN JOHNSON FOR NPR

  When he started working as a bartender a few years ago in Seattle, Howie Echo-Hawk says he began experiencing discrimination. First, a bar manager told him to get a respectable haircut.

"I had a Mohawk, which is the traditional style of my people and I wore it because of that," he said. Echo-Hawk is a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.

Rather than argue, Echo-Hawk cut his hair. Then, a few months later, he broke his ankle and had to take some time off.

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

The board of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare has voted to fire controversial CEO Richard Topping. But, come Monday, Topping will still be employed and still be the head of the company.

This unusual termination capped off an unusual night for company charged with administering $682 million tax dollars throughout 20 counties in North Carolina.

When accusations surfaced that Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old, Raleigh lawyer Catherine Lawson responded with the hash tag #MeAt14. She tweeted a photo of herself at that age with the words: "Can’t consent at 14. Not in Alabama. Not anywhere."

It caught on and thousands used the hash tag to tweet pictures of themselves as a way to emphasize that children that age can’t consent to sex. Lawson spoke with WFAE’s Sarah Delia.
 

JCSU

Johnson C. Smith University has received $1.8 million in grants to expand its STEM program and expose students at two schools in west Charlotte to computer science and other forms of technology.

November 20, 2017

A look at the achievements of Post World War II America and the contributions of Presidents Truman, Eisenhower and Johnson- all chronicled in a new book called The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good, with guest host Erik Spanberg.

The CMPD officer who shot Reuben Galindo will not face criminal charges, says Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray.

Galindo, a 29-year-old Hispanic man, called police on the night of September 6th, saying he had a gun with no bullets and wanted officers to come to his home. After a brief encounter with officers, Galindo was shot twice and died steps away from his home. The gun in Galindo's possession did not have ammunition.

Robert D. Raiford
WRFX

Broadcaster Robert D. Raiford has died. He spent more than 70 years on the airwaves, starting as a teenager in Concord, then moving on to a career around the country before returning to Charlotte. Listeners nationwide got to know him as the "curmudgeon at large" on the Charlotte-based "John Boy and Billy Show." 

The man accused of fatally shooting a Charlotte Observer carrier during what police say was a robbery attempt earlier this year has pleaded not guilty.  Twenty-three-year-old Roger Best is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of 65-year-old Walter “Wes” Scott Jr.   Scott was shot around 2:30 a.m. on February 15th while he was delivering newspapers near Romare Bearden Park in uptown.  His body was found in a crosswalk leading to the park.  

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Charlotte Business Journal's Erik Spanberg is our guest host as we gather our roundtable of reporters to go through the week’s top local and regional stories... including an update on legislative maps in North Carolina, CMS buses erupting in flames and the Mecklenburg County health director taking heat for comments about Charlotte being a “party town”. That and much more, on the Friday News Roundup.

Alex Olgin / WFAE News

The board of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare is meeting Friday. Normally this alone is not news. But the last few months have been anything but normal for the largest behavioral health managed care organization in the state.

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