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5:00 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

'Choose Life' License Plates May Soon Come To NC

Credit NCDOT

North Carolina may soon be issuing “Choose Life” license plates as the end of a four-year legal battle appears close. The U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to a federal appeals court Monday to reconsider in light of the court’s recent decision in a Texas case. 

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Local News
2:17 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

New CMPD Chief Kerr Putney Sworn In

New CMPD chief Kerr Putney holds his hand up as he takes the oath of office, with his mother at his side. To her right, mayor Dan Clodfelter administers the oath.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte has a new police chief. Long-time CMPD veteran Kerr Putney took the oath of office before the city council Monday.


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Local News
12:07 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Charlotte's Historian Soon To Retire, But Still Tell City's History

Tom Hanchett will soon retire as the staff historian for the Levine Museum of the New South.
Credit Sarah Delia / Tom Hanchett

Tom Hanchett is thought of as Charlotte’s historian, but his actual title is staff historian for the Levine Museum of the New South in uptown Charlotte. Since 1999, he’s witnessed, documented and told Charlotte’s story for the museum. Hanchett recently announced that he’ll be giving up his full-time post.  That doesn’t mean he’ll stop working though.   

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Local News
9:59 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Ruling Maintains Same-Sex Marriage In NC

The Coopers and their daughters join a party in Charlotte celebrating Friday's Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

Same sex couples can continue to get married in North Carolina, after Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges. North Carolina has a ban on same-sex marriage in its constitution, after a voter referendum in 2012, but a federal judge in Asheville struck it down in October 2014.

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Politics
11:38 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Senate Budget Calls For Ending Retiree Health Benefits For New State Employees

Teacher assistants have been a big point of contention between the North Carolina House and Senate as they work on a budget. But another difference came to light this week. The Senate budget would end state-funded health benefits for new state employees when they retire. 

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Politics
10:58 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Teacher Assistants A Sticking Point In NC Stopgap Budget

Credit NC General Assembly

The North Carolina Senate and House remain far apart on the next spending plan with less than a week before the current budget runs out. The two sides have been working on a stopgap to keep the government running, but they weren’t able to compromise there Thursday, either.


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Arts & Culture
10:55 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Robert Motherwell: A Centenary Exhibition

One of the Lyric Suite pieces.
© copyright Dedalus Foundation, Inc./Licensed by VAGA, NY

Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte is getting ready to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of famed American artist Robert Motherwell. He would have been 100 this year. 

WFAE’s Sarah Delia got a preview of the exhibit which is open to the public Saturday and has this report.


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The Party Line
3:05 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

The Nation's Continuing Tragedy

Michael Bitzer

The tragic event at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, has become a focal point for a wide variety of issues confronting not just Charleston and the Palmetto State, but more likely the entire nation.

As the funerals begin for the nine black victims, slain at the hands and gun of a white-supremacist terrorist, the echo of an all-too-familiar question abounds yet again: how and why could this have happened?

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Local News
1:40 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Recycling Plant Fire: One Of Charlotte's Largest In Decades

Crews wet the remains of the fire at the Charlotte recycling plant to make sure no hot spots reignite.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte firefighters have spent nearly a full day extinguishing a fire at a burning paper recycling plant in west Charlotte.


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Local News
12:08 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Confederate Flags Have NC History

Flag of the Confederate States of America (November 28, 1861 – May 1, 1863).

Current discussions about the place of the Confederate flag on the American landscape raise questions about its presence in North Carolina. The flag most people recognize as the Confederate flag does not fly at the state capitol in Raleigh. But as often as twice a year, another flag that represents the Confederacy is briefly raised over the building. 

What’s called the First Confederate national flag flies in place of the state flag on Robert E. Lee’s birthday and on Confederate Memorial Day. North Carolina Historic Sites director Keith Hardison says the temporary displays are based upon public requests by groups such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans, an arrangement authorized by the state legislature in 1961.

In the 1980s, the state switched from the better known battle flag to the national flag. It has horizontal red and white stripes and a blue square on one corner and resembles the current state flag.   

For more on the history of Confederate flags in North Carolina, we turned to Dr. David Goldfield, a professor of history at UNC Charlotte.


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