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9:10 am
Fri April 4, 2014

New Species Move To Mecklenburg

Credit JK Killia (left) Jim deVries (right) / 2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report

Mecklenburg County has some new residents. Animals not native to the county have moved in over the past couple of decades. One possible reason is climate change.


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Politics
8:58 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Twelfth District Candidates Talk Education

Pictured left to right: George Battle III, Sen. Malcolm Graham, Curtis Osborne, Rep. Marcus Brandon and Vince Coakley. Five of the nine North Carolina 12th district congressional candidates met Thursday night at the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church in Charlotte.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Four Democrats and one Republican running to represent North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District met Thursday night at the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church for a panel hosted by the John S. Leary Association of Black Attorneys.

The theme of the night: how to improve the state and country's educational system.


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Local News
2:40 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

NC Cuts Unemployment Benefits, Pays Down Federal Debt

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North Carolina is on pace to pay back its huge debt to the federal government for unemployment insurance by the end of next year. That's largely because the state slashed unemployment benefits.


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Local News
9:22 am
Thu April 3, 2014

CMS To Add Mental Health Therapists To 37 More Schools

CMS already has mental health therapists in about thirty schools. Another 37 schools will soon be getting them. 


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Local News
6:40 am
Thu April 3, 2014

A Rundown Of Who Could Be Charlotte's Next Mayor

City council will vote on Monday to fill the empty mayor's chair.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

The race for the next Mayor of Charlotte will be decided by 11 votes. No the fix is not in for our next election. Only members of the city council will be able to vote for the person who will fill out Patrick Cannon’s term. That vote is expected on Monday.


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Local News
4:50 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Report Shows Voters In Different States, But Is It Fraud?

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The North Carolina State Board of Elections presented to lawmakers Wednesday evidence of some voters potentially casting ballots in North Carolina and another state. But the board emphasized that doesn't mean voting fraud occurred.


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Local News
4:19 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Charlotte Knights Hold First Practice In Uptown Ballpark

The Charlotte Knights hold their first practice at BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte.
Michael Tomsic

Charlotte’s minor league baseball team practiced in its new ballpark in uptown for the first time Tuesday.


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Local News
11:02 am
Wed April 2, 2014

MeckLINK Saga Ends, Cardinal Takes Over County Mental Health

Stephaney Gaddy works with a 33-year-old with developmental disabilities at the Arc of Mecklenburg County.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

As of today, the Mecklenburg County government no longer oversees mental health, substance abuse, or disability services for the county. MeckLINK—the organization it built to handle those services—closed today, as the larger, outside agency Cardinal Innovations takes over. MeckLINK operated for little over a year, but that tenure spurred fights with state lawmakers for control, cost the county millions of dollars, and contributed to the fall of two top county officials.


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Politics
9:10 am
Wed April 2, 2014

B-Roll Footage Blurs Lines Between Campaigns And Interest Groups

Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Many of the political ads you see and hear are produced by independent third-party interest groups. They are called “independent” because it’s illegal for these groups and candidates to coordinate their campaigns.

But this year it’s harder to distinguish between these groups and some candidates in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate Race.

This year the campaigns of Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan are pushing the boundaries of election law.


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Local News
3:12 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

How 'Legislative Immunity' Fits Into NC Voting Lawsuits

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Last week a federal judge ruled that some North Carolina lawmakers will have to release emails they exchanged with lobbyists as they were working on the state's sweeping new election law. The judge's order addresses a key question in the lawsuits brought by the U.S. Justice Department and others against the state: How far does the concept of legislative immunity go?

WFAE's Mark Rumsey and Michael Tomsic explain a federal judge's ruling on legislative immunity in the N.C. voting lawsuits.

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