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10:44 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

House And Senate Reach Deal To Slow Gas Tax Fall

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Lawmakers in the North Carolina House and Senate have reached a compromise to stop a dip in the state gas tax, which would have led to deep cuts in the state Department of Transportation.

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6:13 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Mark Price Brings 'Proven Ability To Develop Talent' To UNC Charlotte

Mark Price
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A sharpshooting former NBA All-Star is UNC Charlotte's new men's basketball coach. Mark Price is leaving his assistant coaching position with the Charlotte Hornets to take over the 49ers program.

If you want to learn how to shoot a basketball, there are very few people with more expertise than Mark Price.

Price won the NBA's 3-point contest in 1993 and 1994. He retired in 1999 as one of the NBA's greatest shooters.  

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4:05 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Headline Roundup: Death Penalty Decision Coming Next Week In Death Of 3 Arab-Americans; More

A judge will decide next week whether prosecutors have enough evidence to seek the death penalty against the man accused of shooting three young Arab-Americans to death. Craig Hicks is charged with first-degree murder in the Febraury 10 killings of 23-year-old Deah Bara-cot, 21-year-old Yusor Abu-Salha and 19-year-old Razan Abu-Salha.

Police say the shootings were motivated by a long-running dispute over parking at the condominium complex where Hicks and the victims lived. The families of the victims say the shootings were hate crimes. 

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Local News
3:06 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Coach Smith Leaves Players $200 For A Dinner On Him

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Dean Smith is still giving to his North Carolina players - even after his death.
 
Tim Breedlove, the Charlotte-based trustee of the trust that bears the late coach's name, said Thursday that letters were sent earlier this month to each of the players who lettered for Smith's Tar Heel teams - about 180 in all.
 
The letter says Smith directed that following his death, each letterman was to be sent a $200 check with the message "enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith."

Politics
2:08 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

GOP Presidential Candidates Must Play To Conservative Base

Michael Bitzer

With the first official “hat in the ring” by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, the free-for-all race for the Republican presidential nomination is off and running, to be followed in early April by fellow conservative U.S. Senator Rand Paul - all leading to another crowded Republican primary field.

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Politics
9:58 am
Thu March 26, 2015

McCrory Says Sales Tax Bill Will Cause 'Great Harm'

Governor Pat McCrory addressing UNC officials on Wednesday.
Credit Gov. Pat McCrory

Governor Pat McCrory has now made it clear, he is against a Senate plan to redistribute sales taxes. And he’s looking for allies in that fight.

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Local News
9:49 am
Thu March 26, 2015

While The Neighborhood Around It Changed, Dilworth Billiards Held Steady For 35 Years

Dilworth Billiards owner Eric Sprouse
Marshall Terry 90.7 WFAE

Next month, a landmark of Charlotte’s Dilworth neighborhood is closing its doors after 35 years: Dilworth Billiards. Owner Eric Sprouse says when he opened in the late 70s, pool halls had a bad reputation.

“People equated them to a rough place, a hangout of misfits,” says Sprouse.

Sprouse wanted something different.  His pool hall stood out in the area just off South Boulevard bordering what is now South End – a part of town that could be rough. Dilworth Billiards was an upscale place to play, a place where you could bring a date. A place to meet your friends for a drink after work. Sprouse says the time is right to close. He just turned 65 and wants to retire.

He recently told us about the history of Dilworth Billiards and showed us some of his antique pool tables over a game of nine ball. The pool hall started as just a showroom for Sprouse’s side pool-table business while he worked full time in insurance.

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Local News
5:31 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Specialty License Plates, The US Supreme Court And NC

North Carolina offers specialty license plates with the Confederate flag.
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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a Texas case that could resolve an ongoing legal question in North Carolina: can lawmakers here offer a license plate that says "Choose Life" but refuse to offer a pro-choice alternative?

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2:31 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Headline Roundup: McCrory Condemns Sales Tax Proposal; More

Governor Pat McCrory condemned a redistribution of state sales taxes proposed in the state Senate. At UNC’s University Day, McCrory said the bill must be defeated, according to a Raleigh News and Observer reporter.

The bill would change how the state distributes counties’ portion of the sales tax—it would distribute it evenly to counties based on population. Right now most of the funds go to the county where the sale happened. The change would favor rural areas that Senate leaders say need the money due to economic distress.

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Local News
8:39 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Rising Comic Star John Mulaney Comes To Charlotte

John Mulaney at PaleyFest 2014
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John Mulaney is a rising young star in the comedy world.  The former Saturday Night Live writer recently created and starred in his own sitcom.  He’s now returned to touring the country doing standup and comes to Charlotte’s Knight Theater on Saturday.  He spoke to Morning Edition host Marshall Terry from the road. 


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