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Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

Two more jurors were seated in the Randall Kerrick trial Monday, but after day six, the jury is still one member short. Alternates to those jurors still need to be seated as well. Kerrick, a former CMPD officer, is being tried for voluntary manslaughter in the 2013 shooting death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell, an unarmed black man.

Medicare Turns 50 But Big Challenges Await

Jul 27, 2015
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Medicare, the federal health insurance program for the elderly and disabled, has come a long way since its creation in 1965 when nearly half of all seniors were uninsured. Now the program covers 55 million people, providing insurance to one in six Americans. With that in mind, Medicare faces a host of challenges in the decades to come. Here’s a look at some of them.

NC Office of State Budget and Management

The State of North Carolina has begun preparation for a government shutdown, in the event lawmakers don’t agree to a new spending plan before a current, temporary measure expires on August 14.

Elizabeth Catlett, one of the most celebrated African-American artists of the last century, never lived a day in Charlotte. But the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture tapped local collectors for enough Catlett works to fill a gallery. Contributor Greg Lacour has the story.


Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

The number of jurors in the Randall Kerrick trial remains at nine. The former CMPD officer is on trial for the shooting death two years ago of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferell. Potential jurors were questioned again Friday, but none were seated before the day’s pool was exhausted.

Julie Rose

Three years ago, Charlotte-Douglas Airport officials celebrated the opening of a new trash sorting facility. The goal was to turn a profit on recyclables within five years. It’s not turning out that way.


Thomas family

On July 27, 1990, Kim Thomas was murdered inside her home off Wendover Road in south Charlotte. The 32-year-old Thomas was well-known as an activist with the National Organization for Women. Thomas' husband at the time, Ed Friedland, was a kidney doctor in Charlotte.

After two weeks at trial, the state Friday could begin presenting its defense of North Carolina’s voting law. The Justice Department and other plaintiffs argue the law is discriminatory and suppresses minority participation in voting. But the architects of the law have yet to explain their motivation in court – and they don’t have to. WUNC’s Jeff Tiberii reports on the privilege many lawmakers are invoking.

City of Greensboro

A federal judge has blocked a law redrawing the electoral map of the Greensboro City Council. 

Earlier this month, the General Assembly passed a law redistricting the council. It also makes Greensboro the only city in North Carolina barred from altering its own electoral districts or form of government in the future. The city council, along with a group of citizens, immediately challenged that law in federal court, saying it violated both state statues and U.S. Constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law.

The Department of Public Instruction oversees all public schools in the state, but that may change. The North Carolina Senate approved a bill Thursday that would remove charter schools from its oversight.

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