Vice-Presidential Debate Fact Check

Oct 4, 2016

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night.

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Michael Tomsic

In Charlotte on Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama emphasized how competitive North Carolina has been in the last two presidential elections. She used that message to rally supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Lisa Worf / WFAE

Charlotte Talks hosts a public conversation Tuesday night on strengthening trust after the shooting of Keith Scott. A forum is one way to approach this, but there are many one-on-one discussions going on in the community.  Here's one of them.

Diedra Laird / Charlotte Observer

Sunday's visit to Charlotte by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was a bit different. There weren’t any big announcements promoting her visit, encouraging people to come out for a big rally. Instead, she made some unannounced stops, starting with Little Rock AME Zion Church.

NPR political reporter Asma Khalid joined WFAE's Marshall Terry on Monday's  Morning Edition to discuss Clinton's visit.

Courtesy of the FBI Charlotte Office

Almost five years after Erica Parsons was last seen, detectives have found her body in South Carolina. The bizarre story of the Rowan County teenager's disappearance gained national attention.

The big story in Charlotte has been the shooting of Keith Scott and the protests that followed. And also the release of police body and dash cam video of the shooting, and the new law taking effect that requires a court order to release such video. We talk with our political analyst, Michael Bitzer, about that and more in this week's discussion.

The North Carolina Utilities Commission has approved Duke Energy's $6.7 billion purchase of Piedmont Natural Gas - the final approval needed for the merger. The companies said Thursday they expect to close the deal on Monday, Oct. 3.

diners at Essex Charlotte
David Boraks / WFAE

Businesses around Charlotte saw sales drop during last week's protests over the shooting death of Keith Scott. But now that a curfew has been lifted and the weekend is approaching, they're hoping for a rebound.

Violence during the first night of protests uptown last Wednesday left some hotels, stores and restaurants, including those around the EpiCentre, with broken windows and other physical damage.

But the week of protests also scared away customers, causing financial damage that most are still recovering from.  

Courtesy David Ghantt

In 1997 one of the biggest heists in America’s history happened right here in Charlotte—and now there’s a movie about it.

The Charlotte police officer who fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott last week has a short personal history with CMPD but a long family one. WFAE's Michael Tomsic has been researching officer Brentley Vinson, who, like Scott, is African-American. He joined Mark Rumsey to discuss what we know.