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CMS students need to have an 85% attendance record if they want to participate in extra-curricular activities. But this summer that rule may change.

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Mecklenburg County hasn’t had a public beach in about 40 years. So when the new beach at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius opened two weeks ago, there was a lot of pent up demand.

So many people showed up Memorial Day weekend that traffic jammed nearby streets and hundreds were turned away.  Neighbors complained.  So county park officials will meet with neighbors Thursday to talk about how they're responding. 

NC DHHS

North Carolina is overhauling its Medicaid program to try to hold down costs while improving care. Health leaders submitted the plan to the federal government recently after adjusting it based on public feedback.

Dane Abernathy

If you're a jazz fan, you may like Coltrane or Miles. Or maybe the Dave Brubeck Quartet. There's a sub-genre called free jazz. And it's out there, man. It often has no chord changes and sometimes no apparent structure to the music at all.  It's called 'free jazz' because players are free to play what they want.  And for Charlotte's Brent Bagwell and Seth Nanaa, it's a passion. In between day jobs and raising families, they make up the duo Ghost Trees. They release their own records and tour the country and Europe. And they're putting the South on the map in the free jazz world.

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There were a lot of unknowns going into yesterday’s congressional primaries. New districts mandated by court order meant new voters and new challengers for incumbents. Plus, a separate Election Day from most other races meant especially low turnout.

Ashley Burgin Propst

The Iredell County Sheriff's office is investigating why a rescue diver died and two others were hurt as they searched for a drowning victim on Lake Norman Monday. 

The three divers were searching in deep murky water Monday afternoon when they had an unspecified "emergency." Two of the divers swam to shore and were hospitalized. But 28-year-old Bradley Long did not resurface.

 Gov. Pat McCrory has followed through on his threat to veto a bill revising the state's coal ash cleanup law. In a statement Monday night, McCrory said the bill's attempt to revive the Coal Ash Management Commission was unconstitutional. He also said the bill weakens environmental protections.

Judge Halts NC State Speech Permit Policy For Now

Jun 6, 2016

NC State has something called the speech permit policy. It requires student groups to get written permission from the school before engaging in any type of solicitation.  The school has had the policy since 1993. But it's barred from enforcing it at least for now, since a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against NC State over the weekend.  

David Boraks / WFAE

A bill that would require NCDOT to cancel a contract to build toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte remains alive in the state Senate.

House Bill 954 passed the House last week and was sent to the Senate, where it was referred to the Transportation Committee.

David Boraks / WFAE

The annual drinking water quality report is out from Charlotte Water, and it shows there’s nothing to worry about here.

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