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4:12 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

U.S. Parachuting Championships Come To NC

National Parachuting champions will be crowned in North Carolina this weekend. The U.S. National Parachuting Championships are being held in Raeford, about 100 miles east of Charlotte.

Some 150 divers will compete in events that focus on landing accuracy, aerial formations, and what’s called “canopy piloting.” Nancy Koreen of the U.S. Parachuting Association calls it "the most exciting, dynamic, high-speed event.”

“They can glide horizontally across the ground, and they have to fly through the course on the parachutes, and they’re sometimes going 90 mph across the ground.”

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Politics
5:31 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

NC General Assembly Approves Tweaks To Photo ID Voting Law

North Carolina may not require voters to have a photo I-D after all starting next year. That is, if you have a good reason for not having one.  A bill is headed to the governor’s desk that allows people without a photo ID some leeway.

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Local News
3:26 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Suspect Arrested; SC Governor Mourns Church Shootings

Dylann Roof
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Police in Shelby Thursday arrested the man wanted for killing nine people in a church in Charleston, South Carolina. The suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, had fled almost 250 miles when he was caught.  

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Charlotte Observer
12:45 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Malcolm Graham's Sister Was One Of The Charleston Shooting Victims

The sister of former N.C. Sen. Malcolm Graham was one of the nine people killed inside Emanuel AME Church when a white man opened fire during a prayer meeting at the historic black church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday night.

N.C. Sen. Joel Ford, a friend of Graham’s, confirmed that the sister was one of the victims and asked the state Senate on Thursday to send a prayer to his family.

“As we continue to deliberate public policy let’s keep in mind the practical application of that policy,” Ford said.

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Politics
9:43 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Budget, Sales Tax Plan And Education Changes Tentatively Passed By NC Senate

Senator Bob Rucho (left) and Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter (right) are both against the Senate plan to redistribute sales tax in North Carolina
Credit Courtesy of the NCGA

Wednesday, the North Carolina Senate tentative approved its $21.5 billion state budget. The final vote will take place Thursday.

The budget vote was largely party line, but there was a surprise. A key Republican budget writer voted against the plan.

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Arts & Culture
9:33 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Karen Briggs Brings Her Eclectic Violin To Charlotte

Karen Briggs played with composer and keyboardist Yanni for more than a decade, and appeared on his best-selling "Live at the Acropolis" album. Briggs has also added her violin to symphony orchestras, Latin music, and even hip hop. She’s recorded with Wu Tang Clan, for instance. This weekend she’ll be in Charlotte as part of the Queen City Jazz Fest. We reached her by phone at home in North Hollywood.


Politics
9:32 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Sen. Hartsell Taps Campaign Funds To Pay Personal Expenses

13 term senator Fletcher Hartsell, Republican from Cabarrus County.
Credit Courtesy of the NCGA

State Senator Fletcher Hartsell may face criminal charges if the State Board of Elections has its way. It found between $100,000 and $300,000 in political contributions were used to finance Hartsell’s personal spending. On Wednesday, the board unanimously referred the case to state and federal prosecutors.

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Health
5:24 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Looming Decision Could Cripple Part Of NC Health Insurance Market

Harlena Harris in her home in Charlotte.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Roughly half a million North Carolinians could soon lose money they depend on for health insurance. The U.S. Supreme Court will rule as soon as next week on a key part of the Affordable Care Act. It governs federal subsidies for states like North Carolina that did not set up their own exchange or marketplace. It may sound wonky, but the result could be disastrous for many low-income Americans and insurance markets.

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Politics
10:44 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Watered Down Gun Bill Back At The NC House

The North Carolina House will again debate the gun bill on Wednesday.
Credit blog.tsa.gov

On Wednesday, a controversial gun bill is scheduled for its final vote in the North Carolina House. It passed its second reading Tuesday but only after significant changes.          

After a long and heated debate the House voted to strip the bill of its most controversial provision, allowing the private sale of handguns without a background check by local sheriffs. Gone, too, is a provision that allowed concealed handguns in the halls of the General Assembly.

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Arts & Culture
10:07 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Charlotte Film Festival's Comeback Attempt Includes Bigger Vision

The Charlotte Film Festival is back this year after a two-year hiatus. Festival organizers have formed a group they hope will serve as a hub for year-round film programs in Charlotte. But they’re battling their own uneven past and a changed movie-going climate.


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