Jessa O'Connor

Assistant Digital News Editor

Jessa O’Connor is the Assistant Digital News Editor and Sunday reporter for WFAE. She joined the team in 2018 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a degree in broadcast journalism and worked for her college radio news station. Jessa won national awards for her college news coverage, including “First Place in Radio” from the Hearst Journalism Awards Program and “Best Radio News Reporting” from the Society of Professional Journalists.

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National Weather Service

There is a flash flood warning in effect for most of Mecklenberg County and southwest Cabarrus County until 10 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm has also prompted a tornado warning in northwestern Montgomery County and east central Stanly County until 8 p.m. Monday. 

Equality NC

One of the state’s leading gay and transgender rights groups announced Tuesday that it will not endorse incumbents who are running for re-election in the General Assembly that voted in favor of legislation that only partially repealed the “bathroom bill.”

Charlotte Symphony

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot in May, Charlotte Symphony-goers will recognize a familiar figure in the chapel. Charlotte Symphony Music Director Christopher Warren-Green will conduct the wedding ceremony orchestra, Kensington Palace announced Tuesday.

CATAWBA COUNTY GOVERNMENT

A federal grand jury has indicted a former Hickory Police Department sergeant on charges of excessive force and obstruction of justice, according to a statement released Monday by the United States Department of Justice.

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New findings released Monday by the National Education Association showed an improvement in teacher pay and per-pupil spending in North Carolina last year. Despite the improvement, the state remains well behind the national average in these two areas. 

Police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting that occurred in east Charlotte on Friday. Eskinder Dawit Asefaw, 26, died at Carolinas Medical Center Saturday morning from gunshot wounds, CMPD said in a statement. His family has been notified of his death.

WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins celebrates 20 years on air Friday, April 20. This interactive timeline highlights some of the show's top moments. 

Charlotte Talks

Curious about how Mike Collins has aged over the past 20 years? Scroll down to see photos of the Charlotte Talks host since the beginning of the show.

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Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday that his new budget will recommend $130 million for school security and youth mental health resources.

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The Charlotte Observer’s president and publisher Ann Caulkins is stepping down after 12 years, the newspaper announced Wednesday. She will be succeeded by Georgia publisher Rodney Mahone.

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