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4:59 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Leaders Want More Information About I-77 Toll Project

The project would widen I-77 between Mooresville and uptown Charlotte.
Credit North Carolina Dept. of Transportation

The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to sign a contract with a private company to build and operate toll lanes on I-77 between Lake Norman and Uptown Charlotte. But some lawmakers want more answers from the DOT before the state finalizes its agreement.


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4:29 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Couple Thousand CMS 3rd Graders Begin Mandatory Reading Camps

Ms. Tyler's summer reading camp at Hidden Valley Elementary School analyzes the book "Miss Nelson is Missing." The class meets six hours a day, four days a week.
Credit Nick de la Canal/WFAE

Third graders in North Carolina who aren’t reading at grade level started summer reading camps this week. It’s part of the new third grade reading law. Last year state officials predicted 60 percent of all third-graders would have to enroll in the camps, but in reality, that number is much lower.


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1:46 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Largest Settlement Ever Against A Single Doctor In Western NC

A Huntersville physician has pleaded guilty to health care fraud and tax fraud, and has agreed to pay the largest settlement ever against a single doctor in the western part of North Carolina.   The Justice Department says Mark Tuan Le, the former owner of Northcross Medical Center, took part in a scheme between 2009 and 2013 that billed Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers for services that were not carried out or were not medically necessary.  Le has agreed to pay the United States $6.2 million to settle those civil allegations. The Justice Department also says Le falsely claimed $2.4

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Local News
10:18 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Contentious Debate, Unanimous Vote For Coal Ash Bill In NC Senate

The retired Riverbend Steam Station contains four million tons of coal ash and lies on the bank of Mountain Island Lake, Charlotte's drinking water source. The plant is one of four specifically listed for closure in the Senate bill.
Credit Mark Rumsey / WFAE

The North Carolina Senate tentatively approved a bill last night that would determine what happens to the coal ash ponds at all 14 of Duke Energy’s coal plants in the state. The debate was far more rancorous than the final vote.


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Local News
10:21 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

SC Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Whether Attorney General Can Prosecute House Speaker

South Carolina Supreme Court
Credit www.judicial.state.sc.us/supreme

The South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether Attorney General Alan Wilson has the authority to prosecute House Speaker Bobby Harrell. A state judge ruled last month that Wilson cannot prosecute Harrell before the House Ethics Committee determines there's a criminal case.

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Local News
4:14 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Against The Odds, 5 Young Latinas Graduate High School And 'Circle de Luz'

Gabby is one of the first five young women to graduate from Circle de Luz, a program founded in 2008 to help young Latinas through middle and high school.
Credit Nick de la Canal/WFAE

Six years ago, a group of young women were picked to take part in a special program. The girls were all in the seventh grade, all were Latinas, and all were deemed to be at risk of dropping out of school or becoming pregnant. The program is run by a volunteer group called Circle de Luz. And last week the group – and the young women they mentored – had reason to celebrate

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Local News
10:34 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Fast-tracked, Bipartisan NC Bill Pushes Water Lawsuits Forward

Water flows from a kitchen faucet.
Credit Jenn Durfey / Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A new North Carolina law could allow two water contamination lawsuits to go forward, after they were stymied by a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this month.


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Transportation
4:07 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Study Shows I-77 Toll Lane Trip Could Top Out At $11

A graphic from a 2012 study commissioned by NCDOT shows congestion during the morning hours between WT Harris Boulevard and Gilead Road.
Credit Stantec/NCDOT

A 2012 study indicates a trip between uptown Charlotte and Mooresville on an express toll lane could cost between $9 to $11 during rush hour.

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Local News
10:10 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Fighting Opiate Deaths: Program Distributes Overdose-Reversal Drug In NC

Sterile needles, cotton swabs, and overdose-reversal kits from NC Harm Reduction Coalition.
Credit Nick de la Canal/WFAE

The number of unintentional deaths from opiate overdoses in North Carolina has more than tripled from 1999 to 2012, when there were more than 600 reported deaths. Last year, state lawmakers attempted to address the growing problem with legislation that makes it easier for drug users to obtain an overdose-reversal drug called naloxone, or Narcan. WFAE’s Nick de la Canal takes a look at how that drug is being distributed and used to prevent overdose deaths.

Last November, Louise Vincent and Adam Wigglesworth visited some friends in Greensboro.

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Local News
8:21 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Kings Mountain Exhibit Recalls Health Care Of Yesteryear

Red Cross uniform
Jennifer Lang WFAE

Many of us dread going to the dentist. After all, having a cavity filled is no fun -- even  with modern equipment. But as WFAE's Mark Rumsey found out during a recent visit to Kings Mountain, North Carolina -- we 21st century citizens have it pretty good.   

Feature story on "Say Ahh!" exhibit in Kings Mountain.

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