Nick de la Canal

Mid-Day Newscaster

Nick de la Canal joined WFAE as a full time newscaster in October 2016. Previously, he worked with WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins and with NPR's Morning Edition in Washington, DC as an intern. He graduated from Emerson College with a degree in journalism. He's lived in Charlotte since 1996.

You can catch him tweeting periodically: @nickdelacanal.

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Office of Governor Roy Cooper

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper took the oath of office in Raleigh's capitol building mere minutes into the new year, becoming the state's 75th governor and capping off a narrow victory over outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.

The ceremony was held just as fireworks began sprouting across the city and confetti cannons were fired above revelers on Fayetteville Street. State Chief Justice Mark Martin administered the oath in the short ceremony, which lasted 15 minutes. The ceremony was attended by a small group of friends, family, and colleagues.

The Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, held a damning press conference Thursday morning during which he condemned two recent laws that dilute the power of the incoming governor, and in retaliation, called for possible legal action and for the National NAACP to approve an economic boycott of the state.

"It's not just about robbing a candidate or a governor," he said, "it's about robbing the people of their power."

State lawmakers were scheduled to begin discussing the repeal of House Bill 2 at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, but shortly after the House and Senate gaveled themselves in, both went into recess, postponing discussion until well into the afternoon.

Activists groups like Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign say they will fight to reinstate protections that were nullified by the Charlotte City Council in a surprise vote Monday morning.

Defense lawyers have told a federal judge they'd like to present more evidence about Dylann Roof's personality and state of mind. The lawyers filed the motion Friday in connection with the federal death penalty trial, where Roof faces 33 federal counts, including hate crimes, in the shootings at Emanuel AME Church in June of last year.

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Two of Donald Trump's promises have caught the attention of employers in the agriculture industry. First his promise to deport millions of immigrants in the country illegally, and second, his promise to investigate visa programs that bring foreign workers into the U.S.

North Carolina's outgoing governor Pat McCrory arrived in New York Wednesday morning for a meeting with President-Elect Donald Trump, fueling speculation that McCrory may be under consideration for a cabinet position in the Trump administration.

A report from McClatchy newspapers said McCrory was seen walking through the lobby of Trump Tower around 10 a.m. He did not speak to reporters on his way to the elevators.

McClatchy newspapers reports North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory will meet with President-Elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower Wednesday. Sean Spicer, a spokesman for the Trump transition team told reporters about the planned meeting Tuesday morning. No other details were given. Neither McCrory's office nor his campaign confirmed the meeting.

"I guess I was just bored," Keith Mann of Franklin, N.C. told the U.S. Forest Service when questioned why he set two fires in Macon County.

The Forest Service says it began investigating him after he called 911 to report the second fire. After an agent began questioning him, Mann admitted it was him all along who set the fires. He told the agent he used a box of kitchen matches.

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado did strike southwest Charlotte this week. The service says the tornado hit Wednesday evening with maximum winds of 90 miles per hour, causing damage along a 1.5 mile stretch of John Price Road, and along a 0.5 mile stretch from Microsoft Way to West Arrowood.

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