Last month, Governor Pat McCrory signed off on cuts to both personal income and corporate tax rates. Now, the conservative group Americans for Prosperity wants to say thank you. And it's spending a lot of money to do so.

What’s the best way to say thank you to a politician? With a happy television ad, of course. One with loads of smiling people and upbeat music. Why are they smiling? "Because Governor McCrory and the General Assembly cut income taxes again," says the narrator. / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

It’s been nearly 70 years since a species of fish called the Lake Sturgeon has been found in North Carolina waters. Experts say it’s a fish with a long history.  

“The lake sturgeon is a very ancient breed of fish,” says Stephen Jackson, a hatchery manager with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in eastern North Carolina. “They were around during the dinosaurs and actually predate many of the dinosaurs that we’re very familiar with.” 

April Bethea / Charlotte Observer

If both companies get their way Piedmont Natural Gas will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Duke Energy by the end of next year. The price: $6.7 billion in cash and debt. The announcement came as a bit of a surprise.

Clashing Views Followed SBI, CMPD Probes of Police Shooting

Oct 25, 2015
John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

The decision to charge police officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell divided not only a jury and the city – it divided law enforcement as well, newly released court papers and interviews show.

By Dave DeWitt, NC Public Radio

The UNC Board of Governors has hired a new system president. Margaret Spellings comes to the job from Texas, where she is currently the director of the George Bush Presidential Center. She served the second President Bush as education secretary and political advisor.

Margaret Spellings has spent her professional life in the eye of the political storm. And if today’s announcement and reaction is any indication, it’s not going to get any less windy.

First, let’s start with those who believe they have hired a “game-changer.”


A group called the Centrist Project wants to help elect a handful of independent, centrist U.S. Senate candidates in 2016 and 2020. North Carolina is among the states the group is targeting. Charlotte native Jim Jonas, now of Denver, Colo., is the group's lead political consultant.

His great grandfather and great uncle were Republican congressmen, and Jonas worked for a number of Republicans in the 1990s. But in recent years, he’s become an independent. He says the party left him.

WFAE/Sarah Delia

Charlotte is less than two weeks away from electing a new mayor. Democratic candidate Jennifer Roberts and Republican Edwin Peacock face off at the polls November 3rd.

Roberts is the favorite. After all, Charlotte’s electorate is heavily Democratic. Which is why Edwin Peacock’s campaign is focused on winning over unaffiliated voters. WFAE’s Sarah Delia reports.

Government of New Jersey

A 43-year-old Fayetteville man may go down as one of the most entertaining forgers in North Carolina history. The saga of Christian Lusardi came to an end Thursday.

Late last year, Lusardi was running a thriving business. He had more than $1 million in his paypall account to prove it. And, as the feds would discover in a springtime raid, a house filled with 35,000 counterfeit DVDs.

Faculty leaders in the UNC system have some scathing criticism for the board that governs North Carolina's public universities. The Faculty Assembly for the 17-campus system released a statement Thursday airing their concerns with an upcoming vote on a new system president.

Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Last night the McGlohon Theater housed a show featuring plenty of talking points, odd questions and, at times, substantive debate on issues affecting Charlotteans. The stars: Jennifer Roberts and Edwin Peacock.