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A year ago, nine people were murdered in the midst of a Wednesday night Bible study at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church. The horrific violence was swift, the deadly results, sudden. For relatives of the victims, the past year has brought journeys that are far more incremental. They are journeys of grief, uncertainty, resilience, and of discovering new ways to define "family." One of those families shared pieces of their journey with WFAE's Mark Rumsey.

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Cyberbullying has been a criminal offense in North Carolina since 2009. But the state supreme court has ruled a key part of the cyberbullying law is unconstitutional. In a unanimous decision last week, the court found it violates the First Amendment by restricting speech.

WFAE's Lisa Worf joins All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey ro discuss.

Political battles are escalating in Raleigh and north Mecklenburg this week over the NCDOT's plan for toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte.  On Wednesday, lawmakers from the Lake Norman area called on Senate leaders to allow debate on a stalled bill that seeks to cancel the project.

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The North Carolina General Assembly is considering a catch-all regulatory reform bill that would, among other things, end the ban on dumping electronics in landfills, allow sales of pet turtles, and let local distilleries sell online.

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The Greensboro Coliseum was center stage last night in a political war of words. Or perhaps a war over the words "radical Islamic terrorism."

And immigration.

And protecting the LGBT community in the wake of the mass killings in Orlando.

Why Greensboro? That’s where presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addressed thousands of cheering supporters.

With any general election, there are two aspects that most political analysts will start to evaluate: the composition of the possible electorate (‘who shows up’) and the behavior of that possible electorate (‘how do different groups vote?’).

Granted, North Carolina’s potential electorate can expand between now and November, but an early breakdown of the voter registration pool can give some hint of who is eligible to cast their ballots in the fall.

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  The head of the NCDOT says a bill canceling a contract for toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte could cost the state $800 million - and may not prevent the state from using tolls. The cost includes cancellation penalties as well as money for the DOT to complete the project by itself.  


Shane Evan Tomlinson, a talented vocalist who graduated from Northwest Cabarrus High School and East Carolina University, was a victim of the mass shooting in Orlando.

Also killed was Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25, of Statesville. According to his Facebook page, he studied Business administration at Strayer University South.

Authorities are investigating another drowning on Lake Norman. Cornelius police say 27-year-old Shakira Varner of Charlotte died Sunday after she fell off a private dock.

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Eminent domain is one of the most powerful tools of government. It allows officials to force the sale of private property for what’s deemed the public good. On Friday, the North Carolina Supreme Court struck down a 1987 law which, in effect, was a type of eminent domain used in the state to keep the cost of transportation projects down.  WFAE’s Tom Bullock breaks down the ruling with Morning Edition host Marshall Terry.