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Major League Soccer officials will be in Charlotte and Raleigh this week as they try to decide where to put two expansion teams later this year. A dozen cities are competing for new franchises. WFAE's David Boraks  has been covering the two North Carolina bids and talked with "Morning Edition" host Marshall Terry. 

Charlotte Water this weekend raised its estimate of how much raw sewage spilled from a broken pipe into a south Charlotte creek on Friday from 180,000 gallons to 200,000 gallons. The city says it took crews about 11 hours to stop the flow from a broken 21-inch pipe along Kings Branch, a tributary of Sugar Creek.

Architect's drawing of the planned InterContinental Hotel, above a renovated Carolina Theatre at Sixth and Tryon streets in Charlotte.
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The Foundation for the Carolinas is asking the city for $4.5 million to make up a shortfall in fundraising for the Carolina Theatre renovation project uptown. The City Council's Economic Development Committee unanimously recommended the expenditure Thursday, which now goes to the full council for a vote on July 24. 

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Rowan County’s practice of having elected officials open meetings with Christian prayer and asking residents to join is unconstitutional. That reverses a previous 2016 decision from the same circuit. 

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It is unclear how many North Carolinians would be left uninsured under the updated Senate health bill. It was estimated that an earlier version of the bill would increase the uninsured population across the country by 22 million over the next decade.

Major League Soccer officials will be in Charlotte next week for a close-up look at the local bid for an expansion team. But they won't be meeting with county commissioners. That's been canceled after commissioners opposed to county funding for a new stadium demanded the meeting be public.

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The Charlotte City Council's Economic Development Committee has recommended that the full city council change city rules to allow alcoholic beverage sales on Sunday mornings. The proposal will be up for a vote July 24.

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This weekend there will be a commemoration marking the 100th anniversary of a lesser known piece of Charlotte's history. In the summer of 1917, the U.S. Army established a training camp on what is today the city’s westside. It was called Camp Greene and at its peak there were up to 60,000 troops there training for the battlefields of World War One. That was almost double the amount of people in Charlotte at the time.

Music's 'Amen Break' Calls Carolina Home

Jul 12, 2017
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What do Salt-N-Pepa, Amy Winehouse, Oasis, and the theme song to the animated TV show Futurama have in common? Six seconds. It's called the 'Amen Break.' It’s used in at least 2,000 songs spanning several genres, including hip hop, rap, and pop. It was created by the 1960s band The Winstons, but they never saw a cent from it. WFAE’s Erin Wygant visited one of the last remaining band members in Wadesboro.  

Woman Charged With Running Unlicensed Day Care

Jul 12, 2017

The owner of a day care where a baby died is charged with running an unlicensed day care out of a home in northwest Charlotte.  

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