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5:56 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

How 2014 Turnout Data May Fit Into NC Voting Lawsuits

Participation: Total votes from identified demographic. Proportion: Demographic as a percentage of all votes cast. Turnout: Percentage of registered voters who participated from identified demographic .
Credit N.C. Board of Elections

A federal appeals court ruled in October that some North Carolina voting changes would result in irreparable harm to African-Americans. The U.S. Supreme Court overruled, and allowed the changes to be part of this year's elections. Now lawyers involved in the ongoing case have new data to work with – the state Board of Elections released a final breakdown of turnout Tuesday.

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Local News
1:47 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Headline Roundup: Tillis Gets Committee Assignments; BofA Fails Two Tests; More

North Carolina’s U.S. Senator-elect Thom Tillis will serve on two military-related committees when he’s sworn in next month. Senate Republicans announced committee assignments  for the 114th Congress yesterday. Tillis will be on the Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committees as well as agriculture and judiciary panels and a special committee on aging.

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WFAEats
12:01 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

'Mouse Madness': Local Food Gifts To Order Online

Strawberries in chocolate dips with various sprinkles.
Neet's Sweets

It’s crunch time. If your holiday list is getting longer as the days grow shorter, here’s a baker’s dozen of suggestions for tasteful gifts you can give with just a few clicks of your mouse. Even better, they’re all local.

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Sunday Headlines
9:45 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Protesters Rally In Charlotte, Fayetteville

Protests have continued around the nation and in North Carolina this weekend, aimed at calling attention to police killings of unarmed black men.  In Fayetteville Saturday, marchers waved signs along the curb of Ski-bo Road, chanting "Hands Up, Don't Shoot." Passing motorists honked their horns in support.  Police didn't have an estimate of the number of marchers.  And in downtown Charlotte yesterday afternoon, about 60 people protested at Trade and Tryon streets.

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Local News
6:41 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Power Companies Reach Rooftop Solar Agreement In SC

Credit Elliot Brown / Flickr

Electric utilities and solar energy developers across the U.S. have clashed over how much the utilities should have to pay for the energy supplied to them by homeowners with solar panels. In South Carolina, the sides reached an agreement Friday and both are claiming a win.


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Local News
2:57 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Headline Roundup: New Jobs For Gaston County; Teens Death Investigated By FBI; More

Seventy-five new jobs are coming to Gaston County. Tosaf USA plans to locate its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Bessemer City. Tosaf’s parent company is based in Israel and makes polymers and compounds that are used in the automotive, medical, and other industries. Tosaf plans to invest 13.1 million dollars in the Gaston County facility and fill the 75 anticipated jobs within five years. 

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Charlotte Observer
10:37 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Memo Describes Mismanagement Of CMS Building Project

Former CMS superintendent Heath Morrison

A memo sent to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board this week describes mismanagement of a building project at UNC Charlotte that later contributed to former Superintendent Heath Morrison’s departure from the district.

The document, sent by Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark on Wednesday, outlines an “ambitious” timeline for a project that was not given the level of attention it merited.

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Local News
9:55 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Tank To Table: NC Home To North America's Only Real Caviar Farm

North Carolina is home to North America's only caviar farm
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

The Yadkin River is by no means a tributary of the Caspian Sea. About the only thing the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Black Sea have in common is the reference to color in their names. And yet, in Caldwell County, you’ll find the only farm on the continent that produces one of the world’s most expensive delicacies. 

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Local News
8:43 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Duke Sees Challenges From Slow Energy Growth, Carbon Rules

A chart submitted to the North Carolina Utility Commission shows the mix of fuel Duke Energy Progress expects to add in the Carolinas over the next 15 years.
Credit Duke Energy

Slow energy demand and carbon emission cuts are putting major pressure on the power industry, a top Duke Energy executive said today. Chief Financial Officer Steve Young spoke at a Wells Fargo energy conference about challenges facing coal, solar, wind, and nuclear energy.


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Sports
5:48 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Newton Setback Another Example Of 'Tough Year,' Rivera Says

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera made it official Wednesday that backup quarterback Derek Anderson is starting Sunday.

Of course, the announcement came as no surprise with Newton suffering two fractures in his lower back Tuesday in an uptown wreck.

Coach Ron Rivera says it just another thing to add to the list of what’s gone wrong for the Panthers this year – problems that go beyond the team’s losing record, such as the domestic violence charges and deactivation of star defensive end Greg Hardy.

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