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Two prosecutors are gone from the Catawba County District Attorney’s office following allegations that they derailed criminal investigations into abuse by leaders of a church they attend.

In announcing the shakeup, District Attorney David Learner says he “cannot allow the integrity of the office to be called into question.”

Julius Peppers Returning Home To Carolina Panthers

Mar 10, 2017
Julius Peppers
Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

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Former Carolina Panthers defensive end and future Hall of Famer Julius Peppers is returning to where it all started.

The former two-sport star at UNC and North Carolina native has agreed to terms with the Panthers. His agent, Carl Carey, tweeted a picture of Peppers Friday taken the night the Panthers drafted him No. 2 overall in 2002, with the message, “Headed Home.”

GOP Voters In Charlotte Evaluate Trump's Time In Office So Far

Mar 10, 2017

North Carolina voted for Trump in the presidential election. Rachel Martin traveled to Charlotte, a blue city in a red state, to check in with Republicans to see how they think the president is doing.

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The North Carolina House has passed a trio of new bills that would limit the powers of Governor Roy Cooper. Two of these bills would revoke the governor's authority to fill judicial vacancies. Reporter Tom Bullock joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry to discuss. 

Gypsum (foreground) and coal stored at Duke Energy's Marshall Steam Station on Lake Norman.
David Boraks / WFAE

For the first time since 2011, Duke Energy customers in North Carolina will see higher bills if state regulators approve a rate increase request filed this week.  

Michael Regan
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality

A federal appeals court has granted a request by the state Department of Environmental Quality to withdraw its legal challenge to former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan. The move comes amid a changing of the guard in both Raleigh and Washington, where the Trump administration has said it plans to cancel the rules.

Kelly McEvers, host of Embedded
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Three-and-a-half years ago, a dash board camera recorded an encounter leading up to CMPD officer Randall Kerrick shooting and killing a young, unarmed black man named Jonathan Ferrell. Shortly after, then CMPD police chief Rodney Monroe described it this way:

"As the officer approached him, just to determine if he's in fact the individual, what's going on," Monroe says. "He immediately, runs toward an officer. At the same time, the officer tries to retreat, while at the same time firing his weapon."

CMPD charged Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter. A year later, a judge declared a mistrial in the case.  The jury viewed that video and came to different conclusions. A new season of the NPR podcast Embedded explores that case and why police video is rarely conclusive. NPR's All Things Considered host Kelly McEvers also hosts Embedded. The new season begins today.  She joined WFAE's Marshall Terry.

Traffic safety experts will study crashes along I-77 north of Charlotte, where workers are building toll lanes. The state Department of Transportation also says it’s considering changes in the work zones, including lower speed limits.

Benjamin Benschneider

Author Erik Larson is drawn to events in history that once captivated the nation, "and then, for whatever reason, became forgotten more or less," he says. 

Larson writes about The 1893 Chicago World's Fair in "The Devil in the White City."  The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 in "Isaac's Storm."  And the sinking of the Lusitania in his most recent book, "Dead Wake."

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Three Superior Court judges are now deliberating a case that could have broad implications for how the state of North Carolina is run.

The plaintiff is Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. The defendants are House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger, the leaders of the Republican-dominated General Assembly.

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