Events marking the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday will be held Monday across the Charlotte region. 

Updated Sunday, January 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Police in Charlotte say a mother killed her young son and daughter, then committed suicide by jumping from an I-485 bridge on Saturday. 

Michael Tomsic

It’s been a little over a year since federal investigators caught up to Charlotte businessman Rick Siskey and the Ponzi scheme he was running. He committed suicide a few days after court filings indicated that he was under investigation.

Friday January 12, 2018

A murder suspect ambushes officers outside CMPD. Federal judges call North Carolina’s congressional district maps unconstitutional.  The Panthers season ends, and the team is now on the block. And light rail gets ready to open to the North. Mike Collins and our panel of reporters tackle those stories and more.

CMPD released video from a homicide that happened more than a year ago. The video shows in the distance 26-year-old Ketie Jones walking along The Plaza.  She was shot and killed on October 15, 2016 after a night out with friends in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood.  As WFAE's Sarah Delia reported earlier this year, "With no leads in her case, it's been a difficult time as her friends and family members reel from the randomness of her murder." 

A worker delivers bottled water to a home in Belmont, near Duke Energy's Allen coal plant. Duke will provide a permament drinking water supply to well owners by 2018.
David Boraks / WFAE

People who live near Duke Energy's North Carolina coal ash dumps on Thursday marked 1,000 days of living on bottled water, amid fears that their wells are contaminated. They're calling on lawmakers to adopt stronger groundwater standards to prevent contamination of private wells. And they want Duke to dig up and secure coal ash statewide - not just at a few sites as now required.

North Carolina is one of 10 states that wants to add work requirements to its Medicaid program. Thursday the Trump Administration announced it's encouraging states to add these requirements for able-bodied adults.

The North Carolina Legislative Building
Jmturner (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Republican leaders of the General Assembly are officially asking a court to put a hold on the political gerrymandering decision handed down on Tuesday.

Governor Roy Cooper is asking the Trump administration to exempt North Carolina from a plan to open more coastal waters to offshore oil drilling. The request follows the decision by the U.S. Department of the Interior to exclude Florida from the drilling proposal, after Governor Rick Scott expressed concern over the effect on his state’s tourism industry.  

This ruling comes as many congressional candidates are getting ready to file for office. The primary is set for May 8 and it’s a familiar situation for two Republicans running in the state’s 9th Congressional district.