Nick de la Canal

Mid-Day Newscaster

WFAE's Nick de la Canal can be heard on public radio airwaves across the Charlotte region, bringing listeners the latest in local and regional news updates. He's been a part of the WFAE newsroom since 2013, when he began as an intern. His reporting helped the station earn an Edward R. Murrow award for breaking news coverage following the Keith Scott shooting and protests in Sept. 2016. He grew up in Charlotte, graduated from Myers Park High, and received his degree in journalism from Emerson College in Boston. He tweets periodically: @nickdelacanal

Charlotte Water

This week's massive sewage spill at a creek in north Charlotte was the largest ever recorded by Charlotte Water.

In total, an estimated 15.4 million gallons of raw sewage poured into a stretch of Long Creek off Oakdale Road. That's roughly enough sewage to fill about 23 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

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If you've been keeping up with the news in Charlotte, you've probably encountered the term "287g."

It refers to the 287g program, a voluntarily partnership between the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which has become a controversial sticking point in the upcoming May 8 primary for Mecklenburg County sheriff.

If you're not too clear on what the program is, here's a basic primer.

Students at David W. Butler High School in Matthews left their first period classes to protest gun violence at schools.
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Students in cities and towns across North Carolina walked out of class today calling on lawmakers and politicians to take greater action to curb school gun violence.

Charlotte City Councilor LaWana Mayfield pushed a Sept. 11 conspiracy theory on her Facebook page.

City Council member Lawana Mayfield suggested on Facebook that 9/11 was a conspiracy and she linked to an article pushing 9/11 conspiracy theories.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools says its relocating several bus stop locations around the county with a focus on making the locations more safe for students.

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Cassidy Hooper, 22, is pretty typical for a college student. She's trying to keep up with sociology and American government classes at Central Piedmont Community College, juggling a weekend job at Carowinds, and on top of that, she's spent the last few months learning the music to Benjamin Britten's 1962 masterpiece "War Requiem," to be performed this weekend at CPCC.

bank of america sign
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Bank of America will no longer lend money to gun manufacturers that make military-inspired firearms for civilian use.

Just off Love Hill Road in the town of Stanfield, North Carolina, about 30 miles east of Charlotte, lies a massive underground bunker built during the Cold War. A listener wonders how it came to be.
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It wasn't too long ago — 2003 in fact — that a huge underground bunker was put up for sale just outside Charlotte. The bunker was built in the Cold War, but since emptied and covered up with weeds and rust.

A man was found dead in a wooded area near Rhyne Station Road in west Charlotte Friday, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Police have identified him as 20-year-old Jacob Hernandez. His body was uncovered Friday by a team of officers with help from a police canine.

Police say a 911 dispatcher was killed in a multi-car crash last night on Interstate 77 near the South Carolina border.