Exiting the police station on Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte.
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CMPD is increasingly dedicating money and resources toward crime prevention efforts - that is, ways to stem violence before it happens, instead of merely reacting when it does. We take a look at one of the department's newest programs, called "Reach Out," which offers life skills and job training to young adults charged with first time felonies.

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For conservative and evangelical Christians, Hank Hanegraaff has long been a "go-to guy" for help in untangling a thorny Bible text or theological conundrum.  Hanegraaff has tackled listeners' questions for nearly three decades as host of the nationally-syndicated "Bible Answer Man" radio show, broadcast since 2004 from the headquarters of the Christian Research Institute in Charlotte's Blakeney area. Lately, Hanegraaff has been fielding questions of a more personal nature.  That's because on Sunday, April 9, he officially became an ex-Protestant. 

Charlotte Observer

Next week we will get more insight into proposed fixes for the troubled Mecklenburg County Health Department. Recommendations will be made to a committee looking into the department’s problems. The interim health director has been on the job a little less than two weeks. Gibbie Harris takes over the department as it struggles to rebuild trust after failing to notify nearly 200 women about their abnormal Pap smear results.  

Only 1 Arrest At Uptown Fourth Of July Celebration

Jul 5, 2017
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About 20,000 people attended last night’s Fourth of July celebration in Uptown Charlotte last night. CMPD only made one arrest. That even surprised Major Gerald Smith.

“I’m shocked, but I am very pleased. I am very pleased to stand up here and say that there was just one arrest. With that many people in the Uptown area at one time, that is amazing,” he said.

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You may soon be able to buy alcohol before noon on Sundays in Mecklenburg County. A new law now allows that, but it’s up to local governments to opt in. Leaders in Charlotte are moving quickly to make the change. 

Charlotte Councilman Kenny Smith has an August 13 deadline.

“The PGA championship is what I’m eyeing just because we’re going to have tens of thousands of people here and I hope they can have the complete brunch experience on championship Sunday,” Smith says.

Traffic on I-77 near Lake Norman
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Commuters in Iredell County will be able to take public transit all the way to uptown Charlotte, starting Wednesday.  

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Monday was Clayton Wilcox’s first full day on the job as CMS superintendent. He was sworn in that morning after spending almost four months learning how the district operates and observing the often contentious student assignment plan process.

An ambulance leaves North Meck Rescue on one its final calls. The squad closes its doors Friday, June 30.
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An ambulance pulled out of North Mecklenburg Rescue Squad’s Huntersville headquarters on NC 115, siren wailing. It was one of the squad's final calls before the end of an era, as the squad prepared to close its doors Friday after 58 years.

A Trump administration commission is investigating voter fraud nationwide.

The N.C. State Board of Elections says it will provide voting data to a special White House commission hunting for voter fraud. But amid concerns over the Trump administration’s June 28 request, the board says it will limit the information to publicly available voter data.

bank of america sign
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Billionaire Warren Buffett's company is about to become Bank of America’s largest investor, when it exercises rights to buy 700 million shares in the bank. The purchase will mean a big payoff, at least on paper, for Berkshire Hathaway's cash infusion to the bank six years ago.