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12:04 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Governor McCrory Says NC Shouldn't Offer Confederate Flag License Plates

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Governor Pat McCrory says North Carolina should get rid of one way it displays the Confederate flag: on specialty license plates.

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Local News
5:51 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

After Arena Upgrades, Charlotte Gets 2017 NBA All-Star Game

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announces Charlotte will host the 2017 All-Star Game.
Credit Michael Bethea

In two years, Charlotte will host one of the most high-profile events in basketball: the NBA All-Star Game. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver officially made that announcement in uptown Tuesday.

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Local News
3:55 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

South Carolina Lawmakers Will Debate Moving Confederate Flag

A woman holds a sign in front of the South Carolina state capitol, June 23, 2015.
Credit Tom Bullock

The South Carolina legislature voted Tuesday to allow debate this summer on moving a Confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds. Lawmakers are in Columbia to work on a state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, but Governor Nikki Haley, the state’s U.S. Senators, and a number of other government and business leaders have called for lawmakers to remove the flag. The push to take down the flag comes in the wake of last week's shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. 

Earlier in the day, hundreds of people gathered at the state capitol to ask lawmakers to take down the flag. WFAE's Tom Bullock talks with WFAE's Mark Rumsey about the day: 

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1:05 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Show Us Your Soup! Upcoming Chicken Soup Contest

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival

Ziggy Gruber wants to taste your chicken soup. And he’s traveling all the way from Texas to do it.

Gruber’s career as a lifelong “Deli Man” has been featured in a documentary film of the same name. And he’ll be making an appearance in person at the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival’s 2nd Annual Fan Appreciation Day on July 19. That’s where he’ll head up a panel of professional soup-slurpers that will choose the best chicken soup in all of Charlotte.

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Local News
8:45 am
Tue June 23, 2015

South Carolinians React To Governor Haley's Call To Move Confederate Flag

The Confederate flag flies on the Capitol grounds.
Credit scscv.com

The call to remove the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s Capitol grounds has gained a powerful supporter.  Governor Nikki Haley said it’s time to take down a symbol that divides the state. 

Haley said the shooting of nine African-Americans at a church in Charleston last week made people look at the Confederate flag differently. Flanked by politicians from both parties, she called on state lawmakers to remove it. 

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Arts & Culture
8:02 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Unraveling: An Artist's Take On The Confederate Flag

Sonya Clark unraveling the Confederate flag.
Courtesy of Sonya Clark

No matter how you feel about the Confederate flag and the symbol it represents, one thing is for certain—it sparks emotion.  In the wake of the shooting deaths of nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, Governor Nikki Haley has said she no longer wants it to divide South Carolina. She wants it removed from the state Capitol grounds. 

One southern artist has found a place for the flag not in a history museum, but in an art gallery. WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke with Virginia based artist Sonya Clark who was an artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in 2011.


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Local News
3:02 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

FBI: Morganton Man Wanted To Launch Terror Attacks In US

Justin Sullivan allegedly wanted to purchase an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle similar to the one shown here.
Credit OhanaUnited / Public Domain

A Morganton man faces 40 years in prison and more than a half million dollar fine for allegedly providing material support to the self proclaimed Islamic State. In charges, filed Monday, the FBI claims 19-year-old Justin Sullivan was plotting to carry out terrorist attacks in the United States.

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Energy & Environment
9:36 am
Mon June 22, 2015

The Industry That Wants More Coal Ash

A cement truck sits in front of the mixing plant at Concrete Supply Co. in Charlotte.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Since a spill polluted the Dan River early last year, coal ash has become an environmental head ache for Duke Energy. But while Duke, state regulators, and environmental groups struggle with how to safely store or bury more than 100 million tons of the waste, other industries don’t look at coal ash as waste—it’s a commodity, and they want more.


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Politics
9:28 am
Mon June 22, 2015

What License Plate Case In Texas Means For NC

Rendering of a potential Choose Life license plate.
Credit NCDOT

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving Confederate flag license plates in Texas is likely to settle a case involving pro-life license plates in North Carolina.

In a 5-4 decision last week, the Supreme Court ruled that Texas can reject a proposal to put a Confederate flag on a specialty license plate.

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Politics
5:45 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Final Vote On Redistricting Greensboro City Council Expected Monday

Senator Trudy Wade introduced the Greensboro and Trinity redistricting bills.
Credit Courtesy of the NCGA

Monday, the North Carolina House will again vote on a bill to change the makeup of the Greensboro City Council. 

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