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Charlotte Observer
1:14 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

NC's Controversial Poet Laureate Resigns

Valerie Macon
Credit MATTHEW WAEHNER / N.C. STATE ARCHIVES, DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL RESOURCES

RALEIGH Valerie Macon, whose appointment as North Carolina poet laureate sparked outrage among the state’s writerly class, has resigned from the post less than a week after Gov. Pat McCrory appointed her.

Macon could not be reached for comment Thursday night. But she released a statement thanking McCrory and “the many individuals” she said supported her.

“I do not want the negative attention that this appointment has generated to discourage or distract attention from the Office of the Poet Laureate,” she wrote.

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Local News
9:08 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Biggest Meal Ever

One thousand tables are arranged in the Charlotte Convention Center for the dinner.
Lewis McQuarrie WFAE

Thursday night at the Charlotte Convention Center, the city hosted the largest sit-down dinner in its history, and probably the state’s.

“There’s not a bigger facility than this in North Carolina, so it would be hard to think of them serving a bigger meal anywhere else,” says Charlotte Regional Visitor Authority CEO Tom Murray.

More than 10,000 members of the black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, who have been in town celebrating their biennial Boulé all week, sat for a meal.

Listen to a snapshot of the event.

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Arts & Life
6:23 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

On Q Performing Arts Receives Grant That Will Double Its Budget

Charlotte's only African-American theater company, On Q, has received a $105,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that will more than double its budget.

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Local News
10:25 am
Thu July 17, 2014

NC Senate Bill May Kill Meck Teacher Pay Increase; Common Core In Limbo

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Teacher Pay and Common Core were the news out of Raleigh on Wednesday.

The House passed a bill that puts the future of Common Core standards in limbo. Governor McCrory says he’ll sign the measure into law. And a bill making its way through the state Senate would effectively kill a Mecklenburg County vote this November. That referendum asks voters if they want an increase in sales tax to help pay for teacher raises and funding for the arts.

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Local News
7:41 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Dan River Dredging Finished, Less Than 10 Percent Of Ash Removed

A plume of coal ash swirls in the Dan River, during the February spill.
Credit Appalachian Voices

Duke Energy announced it has finished actively cleaning coal ash from the Dan River, a little less than six months after a massive spill turned the water gray. The bulk of the ash will remain in the river.

Between 30,000 and 40,000 tons of ash, containing heavy metals including arsenic and lead, spilled into the river in February. It flowed down the Dan River, collecting in pockets on its banks and bottom.

Duke has dredged three main areas—next to the spill site, from the water treatment plants of cities downriver, and, the largest, near a dam outside the city of Danville.

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Local News
4:42 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

NC Senate Moves Closer To House, Governor On Medicaid Overhaul

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North Carolina's Senate, House and governor are getting closer to an agreement on overhauling the state's Medicaid program. Senate leaders announced a new plan Wednesday that's similar to what House leaders and Governor McCrory want. But there are still two key differences to work out.


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Arts & Life
4:25 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

There And Back: Lazy 5 Ranch

Visitors feed giraffes at the Lazy 5 Ranch near Mooresville.
Credit Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

(Originally aired July 15, 2013) If you take Main Street east from downtown Mooresville, it becomes a two-lane country road. A few miles down, you’ll see some camels grazing behind a fence just a few yards from the pavement. That’s how the Lazy 5 Ranch started. In the late 1980s, a guy who liked to collect exotic animals would let school groups peer at the critters from his driveway, but as interest grew, he decided to let people get up close. It's become very popular.


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Local News
12:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Legal Bills Hurt Bank Of America Again In Q2

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Bank of America announced its second quarter earnings Wednesday morning. The nation’s second-largest bank returned to earning a profit, but missed analysts’ expectations, as it still feels the effect of bad mortgages.


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Crime
8:28 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Panthers’ Hardy Guilty Of Assault

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy walks to court Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014, to face charges that he beat up his ex-girlfriend during an altercation at his residence in May.
Credit Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Tuesday night, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was found guilty of misdemeanor assault and communicating threats to an ex-girlfriend in May.

Hardy was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation and 60 days of jail time if he violated probation. But a district judge stayed his sentence while Hardy appeals his conviction.

Twelve witnesses took the stand during a trial that lasted ten hours and wrapped up around 9 o'clock.

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