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Wednesday is another big day of testimony before two Congressional committees investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 Presidential election. Notably, former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (under President Obama) is scheduled to appear Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee. Members of Congress will quiz Johnson on the details of widespread Russian cyber-attacks that targeted U.S. elections systems last year, and so-called "active measures," a Russian information warfare strategy which includes spreading falsehoods. At the same time, another hearing will be taking place in the Senate, where some current homeland security officials and state election officials will testify on related matters.

Norman Wins SC Congressional Race By Smaller Than Expected Margin

Jun 21, 2017
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In the end it was closer than expected. But in politics a win is a win. And last night Republican, Ralph Norman defeated Democrat Archie Parnell in a special election for South Carolina's 5th Congressional District.

There were nearly 88,000 ballots cast last night. The margin of victory was 2,836 votes.

The plan had been for three Democrats and a Republican to show up to Tuesday night's forum, but that's not what happened.

The Allen plant in Belmont was one of the places Duke Energy used calcium bromide to help remove mercury from coal.  Bromide later was found in Charlotte's Water supply.
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Duke Energy has withdrawn a request for state permission to use an additive at its coal-fired power plants that caused problems two years ago with Charlotte's drinking water. Environmental groups had sued, and celebrated the move. Duke said its decision was unrelated to the challenge.

Father Sues Whitewater Center Over Daughter's Death From Brain-Eating Amoeba

Jun 19, 2017

The father of a teenager who contracted brain-eating amoeba after rafting at the U.S. National Whitewater Center filed a lawsuit against the facility Monday on the one-year anniversary of her death.

The suit, filed in Ohio where Lauren Seitz lived, alleges the park’s popular rafting channels were dangerous and that park operators showed “conscious disregard for the safety of visitors.”

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The U.S. Supreme Court this fall will take up a momentous fight over parties manipulating electoral districts to gain partisan advantage.  The cases could affect the balance of power between Democrats and Republicans in North Carolina and other states. 

Islamic Center Of Charlotte On Alert Following Attacks

Jun 19, 2017

The Islamic Center of Charlotte is on alert following recent attacks in London and Virginia on Muslims observing Ramadan. The Islamic Center’s Jibril Hough says security is already high during Ramadan but there haven’t been any changes in response to the attacks.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court consideration of a legislative redistricting case (all times local):

11:40 a.m.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker remains confident that GOP-drawn legislative district maps will survive a Supreme Court review.

The nation's highest court on Monday said it will hear arguments in the case. Justices also put on hold an earlier ruling requiring that new maps be drawn by November.

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The Supreme Court has struck down a North Carolina law that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular social media sites.

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Voters in South Carolina's 5th Congressional District will choose their next representative in a special election on Tuesday. The election was required after President Trump tapped Republican Mick Mulvaney  to become White House Budget Director.