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4:53 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Yadkin Riverkeeper Files Another Lawsuit Against Monroe Bypass Project

The Yadkin River.
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The Yadkin Riverkeeper is challenging the water quality permit for the Monroe Bypass. This is the second case in court that involves the proposed 20-mile toll road.

The lawsuit claims the state failed to consider less destructive alternatives to alleviate traffic congestion on Route 74.

Kym Hunter is an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, which filed the lawsuit.

"The state has not done a proper assessment of how much worse water quality would get. Essentially NCDOT and the state are taking the position that building this bypass would not bring any new growth to the region and wouldn’t have any impact on water quality."

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Local News
9:06 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Carolina Tar Heels Undergo Subtle Rebranding

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Carolina blue will be a bit more consistent from now on. UNC-Chapel Hill announced Monday night it's making some subtle changes to the Tar Heel brand.

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Local News
9:03 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Why The U.S. Supreme Court Vacated NC Court Ruling On Redistricting

One of North Carolina's 2011 redistricting maps.
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Four years after state lawmakers redrew North Carolina's legislative districts, it's still unclear whether those districts are constitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court Monday tossed out the North Carolina Supreme Court's ruling in December that upheld the redistricting. The nation's highest court is ordering the state court to reconsider the case in light of a similar Alabama case it recently decided.

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Local News
4:55 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Another Gas Tax Plan In NC House

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The top state House lawmaker on transportation issues has introduced a new bill to change how much customers pay in taxes at the pump. It’s at least the fourth proposal in as many months.


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Local News
12:40 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Orders State Review Of NC Redistricting

The United States Supreme Court building.
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Four years after state lawmakers redrew North Carolina's legislative maps, it is still unclear whether those maps violate the Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Supreme Court Monday ordered the North Carolina Supreme Court to reconsider the maps. WFAE's Michael Tomsic and Ben Bradford discuss what this means.


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Local News
9:43 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

NC Lawmakers Consider Deregulation Of Health Care Facilities Construction

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Some North Carolina lawmakers want to roll back or repeal a law that regulates the building of new health care facilities. It's called a Certificate of Need law, and North Carolina has used it since the 1970s.

About three dozen states have Certificate of Need laws. They set up a review process through which states can determine when certain areas need new hospitals, surgical centers or even high-tech equipment.

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Local News
9:34 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

CMPD Charges Four People In Johnson C. Smith University Shooting

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged four people in relation to a shooting on Johnson C. Smith University's campus over the weekend. The student who was shot was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A Johnson C. Smith University student was shot in the shoulder area around 2:15 a.m. Sunday while sitting in a car on campus. The university's president says the student was not targeted.

CMPD reports another vehicle fled the scene and then crashed. Police say they found three guns and marijuana in the vehicle, and then charged four people with crimes:

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Sunday Headlines
9:46 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Sun. Headlines: What Happened to Adam Smith?

Adam Kent Smith
Credit CMPD

What happened to Adam Smith? The 24-year-old man died last week after apparently being hit with a blunt object. With little information to go on, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are looking for anyone who may have seen him before his death.

Officers were directing traffic on West Morehead Street near downtown Wednesday when Smith approached saying he was hurt. He died later at the hospital, the medical examiner says as a result of blunt force trauma. 

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Local News
5:23 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

CMPD Swears In 27 New Officers

Members of CMPD's 169th Recruit Class surrounded by collegues, family and friends at commencement ceremony.

Twenty-seven members of CMPD’s 169th Recruit Class were sworn in on Friday as brand new police officers.  During a ceremony at the Police Training Academy, CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe told the new officers they’re entering law enforcement at one of the most pivotal points in history for police and community relations.  “Always look to be professional, always look to be honorable,” Monroe said.  

WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Chief Monroe and some new CMPD officers about the challenges police and communities face due to the turmoil surrounding recent police shootings. 

Local News
4:46 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Charlotte Business Leaders Urge Tax Exemption For Airline Fuel

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Charlotte business leaders met in Ballantyne Friday to discuss transportation issues, including failing infrastructure and funding shortfalls. But the number one topic of conversation was a specific tax carve-out for American Airlines. 

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