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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have detected the presence of a microorganism at the U.S. National Whitewater Center that may be linked to a woman's death. The Whitewater Center is closing its whitewater channel after the preliminary tests, which found evidence of what's best known as the brain-eating ameba.

Pat McCrory and Roy Cooper shake hands
John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

There seems to be just one thing Pat McCrory and Roy Cooper agree on…they both think North Carolina is the best state. But when it comes to taxes and teacher pay, House Bill 2 and I-77 toll lanes, the two men vying to be North Carolina’s governor clashed in their first election-year debate.

Iced Is Nice: National Iced Tea Month

12 hours ago
Iced tea, lake, table
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Picture a tall, cool glass of iced tea, just waiting to be guzzled on this sweltering day. Now try to wrap your poor, parched brain around this: That glass is one of 68 billion that people in the U.S. will drink this year (give or take a few). This alone is reason enough to celebrate National Iced Tea Month, now through the end of June. 

Charlotte's LGBT Community

17 hours ago
pride flag
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Monday, June 27

It has been one year since the Supreme Court’s land mark ruling on marriage equality. This milestone comes during Pride Month but also in the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Here and around the country there were candlelight vigils for the victims, a sign of the LGBT community’s growing visibility in places where, not long ago, many were uncomfortable being out. We look at that growing visibility, what it means and what the future may hold.

Friday News Roundup

18 hours ago

Mecklenburg County Commissioners give themselves a raise while CMS rolls out new guidelines on how to handle transgender students. FAA policy seems to settle the struggle over control of Charlotte’s airport – at least for now. The North Carolina Legislature won’t be stopping the I-77 toll lanes in this session and health officials investigate a death from a brain-eating ameba possibly contracted at the Whitewater Center. Those stories and more.

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Ira Glass on a stage
Ebru Yildiz

Ira Glass, the host of This American Life, is coming to Charlotte Saturday. His show is known for its powerful emotional content and distinct narrative storytelling. He’s bringing his radio show to the Belk Theater stage with a twist.

Glass spoke to WFAE’s Sarah Delia in an interview we’d like to call three acts, two radio people, and one interview.

Tom Bullock / WFAE

The North Carolina House has given tentative approval of a plan to make police body camera footage more accessible to the public. But not everyone is happy with the bill.

 An unaffiliated candidate has gathered enough signatures to get her name on the November ballot as a challenger for the state 98th District House seat. Jane Campbell of Davidson will face Republican incumbent John Bradford of Cornelius, who is seeking his second term.

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney / I-77 Tolls Update

Jun 23, 2016
David Boraks / WFAE

Part 1

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney has been in his job for a year now. In that time, the department has grappled with a high-profile trial, an uptick in crime and more. He’s been given the go-ahead to hire more officers but only half the number he’s asked for so Chief Putney reflects on his first year at the top and talks about the future.

Tom Bullock / WFAE

If Donald Trump’s presidential campaign were a business, it would be in trouble. The latest campaign finance records show it spent a million more dollars than it took in last month. And now it has just $1.3 million in the bank.