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New gates at the Charlotte airport, gear for CMPD and streetcars for the Gold Line are on the agenda at Monday's city council meeting. The council will also vote on a small step to help lure the NBA All-Star game back in 2019.

Diedra Laird / Charlotte Observer

A record number of people came uptown this weekend for Charlotte's annual gay and lesbian Pride Parade & Festival.  

On Saturday, the revelers came early, and they came dressed in their finest.

John D. Simmons / The Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts is set to officiate Charlotte Pride's opening ceremony this Saturday, and while it will be Roberts' first time at Pride as mayor of Charlotte, it certainly won't be her first  time attending the annual celebration of LGBT people. Roberts has been a regular at Charlotte Pride since her days as a county commissioner in the mid-2000s.

Emojis And The Future Of Language (Rebroadcast)

Aug 19, 2016

Digital technologies are changing the way we communicate as well as the way we write and spell.  And with emojis we don’t have to do either.  You can say things using pictures like our caveman ancestors.  The use of emojis crosses generations.  Are we dumbing down society or creating a new, creative visual language? Three language experts share their thoughts in an emoji free conversation on the topic.

Michael Tomsic

Mecklenburg County health officials say the new chlorine system at the U.S. National Whitewater Center is working like it's supposed to so far. The center installed the new system to address a microorganism linked to a young woman's death after she rafted there in June.

Friday News Roundup

Aug 19, 2016

On this local news roundup, the Mecklenburg Board of Elections cuts the total hours for early voting. Governor McCrory asks the Supreme Court to reinstate our new voter laws. Donald Trump stops in Charlotte for a rally just days after making changes in his campaign staff. The Panthers lose a pre-season game and wrap-up their training camp in Spartanburg while the Hornets’ arena is getting a new name. Our roundtable of reporters talks about those stories and more.

Tom Bullock / WFAE

If Donald Trump’s campaign were a restaurant, there’d be a sign out front reading "Under New Management."

Earlier this week the Republican presidential nominee  brought in two new people to run his campaign. And last night in Charlotte came the first Trump speech since the management shake-up.

So has anything changed?

Everyday Sunday Facebook page.

About a decade ago, the band Everyday Sunday had several hits on the Christian Rock music charts. The band's founder, Trey Pearson, switched to independent record labels a few years ago.  Pearson, now 35, made headlines earlier this year by publicly announcing that he is gay.  

Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

CMS schools open in less than two weeks and school officials are still trying to fill teacher and bus driving positions.

One hundred and fourteen is the number of teacher positions that need to be filled, says CMS Superintendent Ann Clark.

The state Fraternal Order of Police is still upset that the office of Attorney General Roy Cooper prosecuted former CMPD officer Randall Kerrick last summer in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell. FOP members walked out on Cooper, the Democratic candidate for governor, as he was speaking at the group's annual conference. The group also endorsed incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory.

WFAE political analyst Michael Bitzer of Catawba College discusses the FOP's actions, early voting hours, and voter registration demographics in this week's election roundup.