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10:06 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Clues Sought After Stray Bullet Leaves Man Paralyzed

Brandon Yam was partially paralyzed when he was struck with a stray bullet Friday. He is seen here with his son, Randy Yam.
Credit PHOTO COURTESY OF CHENDA YAM WILSON

 A father of four who recently lost his job and was working at a festival to help make ends meet was struck by a stray bullet on the Fourth of July, leaving him partially paralyzed, his family said Sunday.

Brandon Yam, 47, was selling food and drinks with his wife and two of his children at a festival celebrating the opening of the Cambodian Buddhist Temple, at 219 Owen Blvd. in Charlotte.

About 9 p.m., during a fireworks show, Yam started to pack up his supplies to go home, his family said.

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Charlotte Talks
12:09 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Rebroadcast: Liberating Dixie

Credit www.edwilliamsbooks.com

In his long career as a journalist, Ed Williams had a front row seat to many of the big issues and events that happened in the South, beginning in the late 1960s. For 25 years, Mr. Williams was the Editorial Page Editor for the Charlotte Observer, a role that not only allowed him to write about many of those issues, but to offer opinion and spark debate. In his retirement, Ed Williams has stayed busy, in part by putting together a collection of 50 years of his columns, which covered issues of race, politics, business, sports and the growth of Charlotte. We talk to him about this book on this Charlotte Talks. 

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Sunday headlines
9:28 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Knights Setting Records At New Ballpark

The Charlotte Knights’ move from Fort Mill to a new baseball stadium in downtown Charlotte is continuing to pay off – at least when it comes to attendance.   It was a record breaking weekend at the new BB&T Ballpark. 

Last year, the Knights had the worst attendance in their league. This year, they’re leading all of Minor League baseball in both total fans, and average per game.

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Local News
8:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Forbidden Fireworks: To Get The Good Stuff, Head To South Carolina

Credit Nick de la Canal / WFAE

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Local News
3:50 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Icahn Exercises Option And Buys 9.4% Stake In Family Dollar

Credit WFAE

Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn Wednesday exercised his stock options and became Family Dollar’s largest shareholder. The stock price for the Matthews-based company has gone up 8 percent since Icahn started pushing for a sale.


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The Party Line
2:06 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Influence Of Black, Hispanic Voters Smaller In Mid-Term Elections

Michael Bitzer

Much has been made about who will show up in elections and how both parties put together their different coalitions to win in state-wide general elections.  And with the significant growth in one bloc of the general population, both sides are attempting to see how they can best capitalize on a changing electorate.

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Local News
12:18 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Higher Gas Prices Not Keeping Drivers Off The Roads This Weekend

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An increased number of holiday travelers are expected to take to the roads this weekend, despite gas prices being significantly higher than they have been during previous Fourth of July weekends.

Listen to the report.

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Charlotte Observer
10:06 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Missing Teacher Bianca Tanner's Boyfriend Charged After Body Found

Bianca Richardson Tanner
Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg police

A body thought to be that of missing teacher Bianca Tanner was found overnight in southwest Charlotte and her boyfriend has been arrested in the case, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Rodney Monroe said.

During a pre-dawn news conference Thursday, Monroe said a body was discovered after a search in a wooded area off Shopton Road near Westinghouse Boulevard.

Monroe also said Angelo Grayson Smith Jr., Tanner’s boyfriend, was arrested early Thursday and will be charged with murder in the case.

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Local News
9:18 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Four Things To Know About The House Coal Ash Bill

Credit Duke Energy

The question about what to do with coal ash around the state came to the North Carolina House floor last night. In a contentious three hour debate, Republican lawmakers defended controversial changes to the bill they received from the Senate and defeated more than a dozen amendments. As the bill nears becoming law, here are four things to know about the latest version.

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Local News
4:58 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Anniversary Of USAir Flight 1016 Crash

USAir Flight 1016
Credit NTSB / aviation-safety.net

Twenty years ago Thursday, a USAir jet crashed near Charlotte-Douglas airport, killing 37 of the 52 passengers aboard. Flight 1016 was arriving in Charlotte on a flight from Columbia, SC, on the evening of July 2, 1994. All five crew members survived the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board's investigation concluded that the plane flew into a "wind-shear," produced by a rapidly-developing thunderstorm near the airport.

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