Nick de la Canal

Mid-Day Newscaster

Nick de la Canal joined WFAE as a full time newscaster in October 2016. Previously, he worked as a freelancer and intern with WFAE and NPR. He grew up in Charlotte and is an alum of Myers Park High School. He graduated from Emerson College with a degree in journalism.

He tweets periodically: @nickdelacanal.

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A federal appeals court is taking another look at a lawsuit challenging a North Carolina county commission's practice of opening meetings with Christian prayer led by commissioners.

The full 15-judge bench of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the Rowan County prayer case on Wednesday.

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It’s not often that we cover stories involving the theft of less than $3,000, but the case of 18-year-old Gus Zamudio is different because it involves immigration.

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Joel Ford drew controversy on Twitter late Tuesday night when he responded to users with animated GIF images, including the image of a defecating dog. Ford is a Democratic state senator who is also running for Charlotte mayor. Now, his campaign manager says Ford will be restricted in the GIFs he can use in the future.

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The manager of a west Charlotte beauty store and his wife have resigned after cell phone video surfaced last week showing them striking an African-American woman, throwing her to the ground, twisting her arm, and placing her in a choke hold.

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County Commissioner Jim Puckett is calling for additional security at Tuesday night's county commission meeting, including for the presence of sheriff's deputies and ICE agents, in the event that immigrant activists show up and cause disruptions, as they did during last week's city council meeting.

North Carolina Senate Republicans are moving ahead with the confirmation process of Governor Roy Cooper's Cabinet members, even as a three-judge panel weighs the legality of doing so.

The U.S. National Whitewater Center will not reopen its river rapids Saturday as was scheduled. Mecklenburg County officials say the delay is of the center's own making. The center needs a permit from the county, but the center only sent in its application for the permit last Thursday, Feb. 23. The county is still reviewing the application.

North Carolina State Senator Joel Ford is officially tossing his hat into the race for Charlotte mayor.

"It's time for new leadership and a bold vision for our city," Ford said in a campaign-produced video released Wednesday, "We need a mayor who will focus on the issues that unite our city, not divide it."

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wants to increase state government spending next year by more than 5 percent, or $1.1 billion, and to issue about $350 million in new debt to renovate state buildings.

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More than 200 people packed the gallery at Monday night's Charlotte city council meeting, chanting "no more ICE!" and shouting over city leaders as they attempted to carry out city business.

During the public comment portion, people called on Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the city council to take bolder steps to protect immigrants and to resist HB-318, a state law that effectively outlaws sanctuary cities in North Carolina.

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