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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

Fireworks will light the Charlotte skyline tonight in what’s billed as the southeast’s largest fireworks show. There will also be plenty of unofficial fireworks displays on rooftops and in backyards across the region. It’s not legal to buy aerial explosives in North Carolina, so to get the good stuff, North Carolinians are streaming across the border this week.


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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.

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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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Local News
4:02 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Possible Breakthrough In State Budget Impass

On Wednesday North Carolina’s House and Senate made a major breakthrough on the state’s budget. There’s no finalized deal yet but one of the major issues looks to have been resolved.

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There And Back
2:56 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

There And Back: Crowders Mountain And Kings Mountain

Crowders Mountain
Heisenberg CA Wikipedia

Last summer we profiled attractions that you can visit as a day trip from the Charlotte region. The series was called “There and Back.” We are going to revisit that series each Wednesday for the rest of this summer.  In this installment, we visit Crowders Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park.


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