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Greg Knight was a finalist in a highly-respected piano competition. He's not a professional pianist. Knight is a software engineer from Morganton. The competition he performed so well in is this year’s Van Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition. 

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The Confederate battle flag flew above the South Carolina capitol or on its grounds for 44 years. That changed after the massacre at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston. Photos emerged of accused killer Dylann Roof with the flag. Demands to take it down intensified, and the Confederate flag was gone three weeks later.

It was sent to a state museum for display. But as Sarah Delia reports from Columbia, that display isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

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Protests and vigils have been taking place in Charlotte this weekend in response to last week’s police shootings in Baton Rouge and Minnesota, and the shooting of officers in Dallas.

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 Charlotte leaders gathered Friday afternoon to mourn over police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota and Thursday night's killings of police in Dallas. There was anger and sadness, and a call to use the incidents to build community. 

The fatal shootings of two African-American men by police this week and Thursday night’s fatal shooting of five police in Dallas have touched local residents. Peaceful marches were held in downtown Charlotte on Thursday and on Friday area residents expressed their thoughts on Charlotte Talks.

Federal energy regulators have rejected Duke Energy's appeal for a longer license to operate dams and reservoirs along the Catawba River. This week's decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, keeps the license term at 40 years, instead of the 50 years Duke had requested.

Coal ash ponds at Riverbend Steam Station in Mount Holly.
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Duke Energy has stopped draining coal ash ponds into Mountain Island Lake after recent county tests found elevated levels of arsenic in the water. State environmental regulators say they’re investigating whether Duke violated state law.

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Mooresville Graded Schools has some big shoes to fill. Its superintendent Mark Edwards announced last week he'll be leaving the district in August for a job at Discovery Education. Edwards has led the district for the past nine years. During that time, Mooresville Graded Schools rose to be one of the top-performing districts in the state, even though it's near the bottom for funding and nearly 40 percent of kids are low-income. Edwards championed a push to digital which earned the district national attention. 

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All 13 of North Carolina's representatives in the U.S. House voted in favor of an overhaul of the country's mental health system Wednesday. The bill gained momentum this year in part because of mass shootings.

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  A bill that would have banned wind farms across much of North Carolina died when the state legislature adjourned last week, but several lawmakers said Thursday they'll reintroduce it next year.  

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