Nick de la Canal

Mid-Day Newscaster

Nick de la Canal joined the WFAE news team as a full time newscaster in October 2016. Previously, he interned with WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins, and with NPR's Morning Edition in Washington, DC. He earned a degree in journalism from Emerson College.

He was born in Windsor, CT and raised in Charlotte. He takes his coffee with milk and sugar.

You can catch him tweeting periodically: @nickdelacanal.

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As dry conditions move east from North Carolina's mountains, five counties are now in an 'exceptional' drought - the highest level as determined by the U.S. Drought Monitor. State officials say exceptional drought has now spread to Graham, Macon, and Swain counties, joining them with Cherokee and Clay counties. More than 40 percent of North Carolina is now in some stage of drought, up from 30 percent last week.

The Charlotte School of Law has been placed on probation by the American Bar Association, effective November 14. The association says the law school has been admitting students who were incapable of completing the program or passing the Bar exam, and thus has been inadequate in preparing students for careers as lawyers.

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If you've been outside, you know the air is hazy and has a smoky smell because of wildfires in western North Carolina. Air quality is at 'Code Red', and that means it's unhealthy for everyone, says Tom Mather of the state Division of Air Quality.

The state Medical Examiner's Office late Monday released the autopsy of Keith Lamont Scott. It shows Scott died of gunshot wounds to the back and abdomen, but lacking in whether Scott was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the shooting.

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North Carolina Forest Service

Governor Pat McCrory i s declaring a state of emergency in 25 western counties as firefighters battle more than 20 forest fires burning in North Carolina's stretch of the Appalachian mountains.

In an effort to diversify magnet schools, the CMS board will begin placing heavy priority on a student's socio-economic status in student assignment decisions. That's part of the first phase of the board's student re-assignment plan passed unanimously Wednesday night. Among the factors the district will take into account are income, parents' education levels, and English language fluency. The changes will only affect students applying to enter magnet programs.

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A federal judge late Friday ordered North Carolina to reinstate thousands of voter registrations that were canceled within the past three months. The North Carolina NAACP sued over the cancellations in three counties in the eastern half of the state. WFAE's Michael Tomsic has been covering the case and joined Nick de la Canal for analysis.

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The North Carolina GOP says for the second time in less than a month, one of its local offices has been vandalized. This time, someone spray painted "F--k Trump yes sir" on the outside of the Alamance County Republican party headquarters. "This marks the second crime of this nature in my district within a month," Republican Representative Mark Walker said in a statement, "First the firebombing at the Orange County GOP and then similar graffiti profanity again here at the Alamance GOP offices....

The Colonial Pipeline Company says it expects to have the damaged pipeline up and running again by Sunday afternoon, reducing fears of a possible gas shortage and price increases at the pump. The pipeline exploded and erupted into flames on Monday while a crew was making repairs related to a September gas spill. One environmentalist likened the scene to a "geyser of fire." One worker died in the incident, and four others were injured.

In April, 2015, then-Charleston police officer Michael Slager allegedly shot an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, eight times in the back as he fled a traffic stop. Now, nearly a year and a half later, a court will decide whether Slager was justified in the shooting. Attorneys for the prosecution and the defense delivered opening statements Thursday to a jury of 11 white people and one black man who were selected earlier in the week.