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House Bill 2 has put North Carolina and Charlotte in the national spotlight. The law ignited a conversation about privacy, bathrooms, transgender rights and discrimination. WFAE is hosting a Public Conversation to examine how HB2 has changed North Carolina. We’ll talk about the state’s image, economy, education and tourism and take your questions. Be a part of this public forum on Tuesday night, July 26 at 7:00 at McGlohon Theatre. Free registration here. 

The former headmaster of a Huntersville Christian school has agreed to plead guilty to embezzling $9 million from the school and its affiliated church, and using it for personal expenses.

Gaston County Redevelopment

16 hours ago

Monday, July 25

For as long as most people can remember, Gaston County has been the brunt of Charlotte’s jokes. And, quite frankly, Gastonians aren’t laughing. They’ll admit, they’ve had their challenges but they’ve also been working hard to remake themselves, bring in more businesses, create more jobs, get more people to put down roots, to rebrand themselves, and get folks here to see them in a new light. They make their case with us.

Guests
Joel Long,
chairman, Greater Gaston Development Corporation

Michael Bethea / WFAE

What started as speculation over House Bill 2 has now become fact. The 2017 NBA All Star Game will not be played in Charlotte.

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Charlotte city staff have rejected the only two bids to expand the Gold Line, commonly called the streetcar. The plan now is to negotiate.

NBA's Decision 'PC BS,' McCrory Says

Jul 21, 2016

Joining Mike Collins on Charlotte Talks Friday, Governor Pat McCrory spoke out against the NBA's decision to move the 2017 All Star Game out of Charlotte. McCrory stood by House Bill Two and said blame should be placed on the city of Charlotte for passing its expansion of the city's non-discrimination ordinance, and on the media and groups like Human Rights Campaign for mischaracterizing HB2 and waging war against anyone who doesn't fully agree. 

Hear that and our Friday news roundup. 

Courtesy of Joseph Knox


The Republican National Convention has plenty of new faces in the crowd this year. Donald Trump has managed to attract scores of newcomers, many of them attending the convention for the first time.

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  The state is expanding track capacity on the rail line connecting Raleigh and Charlotte. It's part of the Piedmont Improvement Project, which received $520 million dollars in federal funding.

Traffic congestion is a serious problem in the tenth most populous state and increasing the number of rail cars will offer a reliable option for North Carolina's rapidly growing population, according to North Carolina Rail Division Director Paul Worley.

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The popularity of hummus is exploding in America, drawing comparisons to the rise of Greek yogurt.

Local hummus-makers can try to impress a hummus expert of sorts during the upcoming Charlotte Jewish Film Festival. Filmmaker Alex Matros will judge a hummus contest in conjunction with the showing of “Life and Hummus.”

NC Ports Authority

Charlotte will get its first direct intermodal rail connection to the port of Wilmington this fall, when CSX begins the Queen City Express. The service announced this week puts Wilmington in competition with Charleston and other ports that serve Charlotte.

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