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Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

Cities and states are preparing to offer incentives for Amazon's second headquarters. It's a strategy the company has used to expand its footprint in the Carolinas and nationwide. Mike Collins looks at how it might play into the headquarters competition.

In February, workers used a giant crane to lower a containment vessel ring into place at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in Fairfield County, S.C.
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Federal securities regulators are investigating a scuttled nuclear reactor construction project in South Carolina, according to a release Tuesday from one of the plant's co-owners. 

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Wednesday, October 18 2017

The Boy Scouts have decided to let girls into their program, sparking mixed reactions.  The Girl Scouts see this as a calculated business maneuver.  We go through the decision and hear multiple perspectives.  Then, Matthew Bourne’s adaption of the Oscar winning film 'The Red Shoes'.  The world-renowned choreographer tells us about his dance theatre production about to open at the Belk Theatre.

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The board of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare voted to cut the CEO’s salary by two-thirds Tuesday night. That’s after multiple state audits uncovered high salaries, severance packages and overspending by Cardinal, which manages Medicaid-funded mental health and drug treatment services in the Charlotte area.

Reducing North Carolina’s emphasis on standardized testing has been a goal of state education leaders. They’ve talked about using the flexibility in the new Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA as a way to do that.  Yet, the proposal the state board of education approved last month, keeps standardized tests as the main measure to hold schools accountable.

Activist Bree Newsome (right) talks with Atlantic staff writer and Charlotte native Vann Newkirk II.
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A wave of police shootings in recent years has left authorities in Charlotte and across the nation searching for ways to rebuild trust. Speakers at a forum uptown Tuesday organized by The Atlantic magazine focused on the city's history of racism and segregation as well as a criminal justice system that they say treats people of color and those with lower incomes unfairly.

North Carolina General Assembly

Legislation making it easier for third-party and unaffiliated candidates to get on North Carolina ballots but also reworking judicial elections for 2018 could soon become law despite Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's objections.

North Carolina General Assembly

The North Carolina Senate will be in session for a vote tonight. The House will do the same Tuesday morning. The purpose is to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of legislation that makes significant changes to election law.

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The oldest woman to ever run a marathon has died. The Charlotte Observer reports that Charlotte resident Harriette Thompson, a three-time cancer survivor and concert pianist, passed away Monday morning at the age of 94.

Thompson was in hospice care after an injury earlier this month.

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Charlotte is losing a familiar character - one that inspires both affection and ridicule. 

That's one of the many commercials for the Morris-Jenkins air-conditioning and heating company featuring Mr. Jenkins and employee Bobby sitting in Truck 17. 

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