All About 'Aquafaba'

Jul 22, 2015
Erin Zimmerman/Vegan Meringue -- Hits and Misses

Here are two words we never see together: “vegan” and “meringue.” That’s because meringues, those sugar-browned peaks atop lemon pie, are made from egg whites. So are macarons, the French cookies sandwiched around jam or other sweet fillings.

Replacing whole eggs in desserts with applesauce or other fruit-based products is easy. But replacing just the egg whites needed for meringue – with an ingredient a home cook can sweeten, whip, and bake – has been almost impossible.

Michael Tomsic

As the federal trial over North Carolina's election overhaul continues in Winston-Salem this week, one word has come up over and over again: disenfranchised. The U.S. Justice Department, the state NAACP and others contend the changes disenfranchised some African-Americans in 2014.

Lawyers suing North Carolina have called more than a dozen witnesses to testify about how they were deprived of their right to vote.

Reverend Moses Colbert from Cleveland County was one of them. The 60-year-old African-American went to vote early during last year's midterm election.


The driver of a streetcar that crashed Saturday morning was at fault say Charlotte Area Transit officials. They believe he made a series of mistakes that sent the streetcar rolling down Elizabeth Avenue and into an SUV a few days after the line opened with much fanfare.   

Ben Bradford / WFAE

North Carolina’s unemployment rate once again ticked up slightly in June, the fourth straight month of rising unemployment. The rate now stands at 5.8 percent, up from May’s 5.7 percent and February’s 5.3 percent rates. It’s also 0.5 percent above the national average.

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Marshall Terry / WFAE News

The North Carolina House has passed a bill banning the removal of Confederate monuments on state property unless the General Assembly passes a bill giving their ok. The measure now waits for a signature or veto from Governor Pat McCrory.  

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Just how North Carolina’s sales tax revenue will be distributed remains an open question, and a major stumbling block for House and Senate negotiators trying to compromise on a budget. The Senate budget calls for it to be distributed by population across the state. The House budget wants it to stay as is, where 75 percent of the sales tax stays in the county where the purchase was made.

Streetcar Driver 'Could Not Control The Trolley'

Jul 21, 2015
Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer

Questions remained Monday, two days after a Charlotte streetcar collided with an SUV after the trolley driver “tried to stop but could not control the trolley,” according to a police report.

Lisa Worf / WFAE

Greenways are nothing new for Charlotte. These pedestrian and bicycle paths are scattered throughout the county, but most sections are only a few miles long. That’s about to change. A project is in the works to link some of these paved paths and create one continuous greenway from Pineville northeast to the Cabarrus County line. The effort isn’t just about recreation, but also economic development. 

For the first time since 1991, Charlotte will host an NBA All-Star game in February 2017. City leaders consider it a business and marketing coup, but it almost didn't happen. Charlotte's bid for the game had to overcome repeated setbacks. Erik Spanberg of the Charlotte Business Journal wrote about the city's recruitment effort, including the public and private money that supports the bid. He spoke to WFAE All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey.

Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

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It’s the first day of the trial of former CMPD officer Randall Kerrick. He’s charged with voluntary manslaughter in the 2013 shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell. WFAE's Gwendolyn Glenn tells WFAE's Duncan McFadyen about the judge's decisions Monday morning about what kind of access the media will have to Kerrick’s trial.