Nick de la Canal

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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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Third graders in North Carolina who aren’t reading at grade level started summer reading camps this week. It’s part of the new third grade reading law. Last year state officials predicted 60 percent of all third-graders would have to enroll in the camps, but in reality, that number is much lower.


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Six years ago, a group of young women were picked to take part in a special program. The girls were all in the seventh grade, all were Latinas, and all were deemed to be at risk of dropping out of school or becoming pregnant. The program is run by a volunteer group called Circle de Luz. And last week the group – and the young women they mentored – had reason to celebrate

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The number of unintentional deaths from opiate overdoses in North Carolina has more than tripled from 1999 to 2012, when there were more than 600 reported deaths. Last year, state lawmakers attempted to address the growing problem with legislation that makes it easier for drug users to obtain an overdose-reversal drug called naloxone, or Narcan. WFAE’s Nick de la Canal takes a look at how that drug is being distributed and used to prevent overdose deaths.

Last November, Louise Vincent and Adam Wigglesworth visited some friends in Greensboro.

The Cabarrus County Commission unexpectedly made $3 million in cuts to the county budget Monday night. The cuts eliminate several jobs and all county funding for an economic development agency.


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The federal government launches a campaign Friday to reach out to a specific group of America’s rural poor: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The Rural Pride summit series will travel across the country this summer, and its first stop is in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 

A city immigration task force held the first of a series of listening sessions Thursday. The task force will make recommendations to the city council next year on how to make Charlotte more immigrant-friendly.

The City Council formed the Immigrant Integration Task Force primarily for two purposes: Make Charlotte more immigrant-friendly and capitalize on immigrant entrepreneurs.

“We want to hear from the community what’s going on,” says Stefan LaTorre, the chairman of the task force. He says he has a few preliminary questions need to be addressed.

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High school seniors will don caps and gowns at commencement ceremonies in the next few weeks. For many students, this month has been consumed by finals, Advanced Placement exams, and deciding which college to attend in the fall.  But there are also students who are dealing with the added challenges of pregnancy and motherhood.  WFAE’s Nick de la Canal reports on one program that’s helping teen moms in CMS earn their diplomas.


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After 12 years away, the Hornets name has officially returned to Charlotte. The city's NBA team finalized its name-change from the Bobcats to the Hornets Tuesday.


There’s been a lot of bad news for the cable company owned by the towns Mooresville and Davidson. The towns have struggled to keep the cable provider afloat, but as WFAE’s Nick de la Canal reports, things may be improving.

Editor's Note: This story includes a correction

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