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5:56 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

DOT Signs 1-77 Widening Contract With Cintra

Traffic crawls on I-77 southbound near Westmoreland Road in 2013.
Credit David Boraks / CorneliusNews.net file photo

The NC Department of Transportation said Thursday it has signed a preliminary contract with Spanish construction giant Cintra Infraestructures to widen 26 miles of I-77 north of Charlotte using high-occupancy toll lanes, or HOT lanes. North Carolina will contribute $88 million in public money to the $655 million project under the 50-year deal.

See the full announcement below.

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5:48 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Winthrop Trustees Fire President

Winthrop University Trustees voted June 26, 2014 to fire President Jamie Comstock Williamson. Board Chair Kathy Bigham (C) reads a statement.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Winthrop University’s Board of Trustees Thursday fired the school’s president, Jamie Comstock Williamson, after less than a year on the job.


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5:46 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

More Roadblocks For Charlotte-Mooresville Commuter Rail

Norfolk Southern freight train locomotive.
Credit Wiki Commons

Correction: This story includes a correction. The original reported the wrong number of freight trains on Norfolk-Southern's line between Charlotte and Mooresville. 

The planned Red Line commuter rail between Charlotte and Mooresville is getting dealt a major setback. Charlotte had arrangements to share existing tracks with the Norfolk Southern Railway Company, but that’s no longer the case.

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12:16 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

NC Finishes Privatizing Part Of Commerce Department

Gov. McCrory at the bill signing to finalize the basic rules for the partial privatization of the Commerce Department.
Credit www.governor.state.nc.us.

The private board that's taking over job recruitment for the North Carolina Commerce Department meets Thursday. The state legislature recently finalized the basic rules for the board, and Governor Pat McCrory signed them into law this week.


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5:50 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Bank of America To Lay Off 540 In Charlotte

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Bank of America is laying off 540 employees in Charlotte. The company will cut employment in the city’s Legacy Asset Servicing division by more than half. 


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4:59 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Leaders Want More Information About I-77 Toll Project

The project would widen I-77 between Mooresville and uptown Charlotte.
Credit North Carolina Dept. of Transportation

The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to sign a contract with a private company to build and operate toll lanes on I-77 between Lake Norman and Uptown Charlotte. But some lawmakers want more answers from the DOT before the state finalizes its agreement.


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4:29 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Couple Thousand CMS 3rd Graders Begin Mandatory Reading Camps

Ms. Tyler's summer reading camp at Hidden Valley Elementary School analyzes the book "Miss Nelson is Missing." The class meets six hours a day, four days a week.
Credit Nick de la Canal/WFAE

Third graders in North Carolina who aren’t reading at grade level started summer reading camps this week. It’s part of the new third grade reading law. Last year state officials predicted 60 percent of all third-graders would have to enroll in the camps, but in reality, that number is much lower.


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1:46 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Largest Settlement Ever Against A Single Doctor In Western NC

A Huntersville physician has pleaded guilty to health care fraud and tax fraud, and has agreed to pay the largest settlement ever against a single doctor in the western part of North Carolina.   The Justice Department says Mark Tuan Le, the former owner of Northcross Medical Center, took part in a scheme between 2009 and 2013 that billed Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers for services that were not carried out or were not medically necessary.  Le has agreed to pay the United States $6.2 million to settle those civil allegations. The Justice Department also says Le falsely claimed $2.4

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10:18 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Contentious Debate, Unanimous Vote For Coal Ash Bill In NC Senate

The retired Riverbend Steam Station contains four million tons of coal ash and lies on the bank of Mountain Island Lake, Charlotte's drinking water source. The plant is one of four specifically listed for closure in the Senate bill.
Credit Mark Rumsey / WFAE

The North Carolina Senate tentatively approved a bill last night that would determine what happens to the coal ash ponds at all 14 of Duke Energy’s coal plants in the state. The debate was far more rancorous than the final vote.


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10:21 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

SC Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Whether Attorney General Can Prosecute House Speaker

South Carolina Supreme Court
Credit www.judicial.state.sc.us/supreme

The South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether Attorney General Alan Wilson has the authority to prosecute House Speaker Bobby Harrell. A state judge ruled last month that Wilson cannot prosecute Harrell before the House Ethics Committee determines there's a criminal case.

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