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President Donald Trump announced his intent to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. Once that is official it would free up government officials to dedicate more people and resources for treatment. Carolinas HealthCare System is trying to curb the amount of opioid medicines patients are introduced to while in the hospital with alternative treatments.


solar eclipse
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Are you making plans to see the next solar eclipse on August 21? Have any fun memories of watching an eclipse with your family and friends? We want to hear from you!

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The golf world is focused on Charlotte right now. The PGA Championship continues Friday at Quail Hollow Club and will finish up on  Sunday. Across the nation though, participation in golf has dropped from about 30 million people in the mid 2000s to about 25 million today.  Steve Mona is the CEO of the World Golf Foundation, a group that promotes the sport.

There have been two more homicides in Charlotte. There have now been 57 homicides in Charlotte so far this year.  This time last year there were 33.

In this episode, Tom breaks a campaign promise and asks our political gurus for their pick as the biggest broken political promise in Mecklenburg County.

Then Candidate ME takes a look at absentee mail-in ballots - the potential problems and even a recent scandal with them.

Wells Fargo sign at a bank branch
Flickr / Mike Mozart

High-level changes may be in the works at Wells Fargo. The Wall Street Journal reports the embattled bank is eyeing changes that will likely include the departure of chairman Stephen Sanger. He's held the post since October, when then-chairman and CEO John Stumpf abruptly stepped down.

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Charlotte’s Citizens Review Board will not ask CMPD Chief Kerr Putney to reverse his decision to exonerate Officer Brentley Vinson of wrongdoing in last year’s fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. After nearly three full days of testimony and arguments, Thursday’s vote was split four to four.

I-77 exit 28 in Cornelius
David Boraks

Updated Friday, Aug. 11, 2017
A draft report is out from a consultant reviewing the contract for the I-77 toll lane project north of Charlotte. Mercator Advisors says it would have cost NCDOT at least $149 million to cancel the contract with the private company hired to build and manage the lanes - using figures as of Dec. 31, 2016.

The old Hercules Industrial Park off Statesville Avenue is up for redevelopment.
David Boraks / WFAE

WFAE has a new initiative called Ask Us to let our audience suggest story ideas. On our website, we're asking what you're curious about in the Charlotte region, its life, and culture. We recently put another set of five questions to a vote – letting you decide the story you wanted us to cover. The winner came from Steve Tekola, of east Charlotte. He talked to WFAE's David Boraks.

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When you are carving up the state into new political districts, you don't do it willy-nilly. Especially when you have 28 state legislative seats ruled illegal racial gerrymanders and a federal court watching what you do.

Thursday, we learned just what criteria state lawmakers are going to use in this court ordered round of redistricting.

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