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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Last year started with women’s marches and ended with the "Me Too" movement. With more marches planned in 2018 we hear about what’s next for both movements.

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This article will feature the latest news on the expected winter storm hitting North Carolina today. It will be regularly updated by WFAE staff. Scroll down for earlier reports.

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This time last year, women from all over the country were heading to the nation’s capital to participate in the women’s march on Washington. Some marched for issues of inequality others for healthcare, and many in response to the election of President Trump.

Last year before they headed north, WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke to several women about why they wanted to march and what they hoped to get out of the experience. A year later, Delia circled back with some of them.


Law enforcement officials say four homicides and multiple shootings in the Charlotte area over the past week involved domestic violence.  And, police and court officials say 27 percent of last year’s homicides in Charlotte-Mecklenburg were related to domestic violence. 

The number of such killings so early in the new year is “alarming,” says Karen Parker, with Safe Alliance in Charlotte.  The organization provides support and services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is calling for private companies to provide more robust health coverage and for the state to expand its Medicaid program as a way to combat the number of opioid overdoses in the state.

Cooper says the number of deaths by prescription opioid overdoses is declining, while deaths by non-prescription opioids, like heroin and fentanyl, remain high.

A York County law enforcement officer is in critical condition and three others are being treated in the hospital after a domestic violence suspect shot them early Tuesday.

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Mecklenburg County will open an emergency shelter for the homeless at the Grady Cole Center on Kings Drive for the next couple of days as winter weather returns to the Charlotte area.

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Lawmakers received a brief update about Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Tuesday. One key point at issue - just when the state will return control of the organization to its newly picked board of directors.

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A panel of federal judges has denied a request from Republican lawmakers to delay redrawing all of North Carolina's 13 congressional districts.

Coal ash is being excavated from Duke Energy's closed Riverbend coal plant on Mountain Island Lake.
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North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein is opposing Duke Energy's request to charge ratepayers for the costs of cleaning up its coal ash dumps around the state.