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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About 20 Charlotte area residents, including immigrants, came together outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center to protest actions by ICE agents in recent days.
John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

Charlotte city leaders released a statement Friday that put it plainly: "Regarding sanctuary cities, although there is no agreed upon legal definition of what a sanctuary city is, Charlotte is not one." In recent interviews, however, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts has been offering a more nuanced view.

A Fayetteville man who pled guilty to threatening members of a North Carolina mosque has been sentenced to eight months of home confinement.

Democratic lawmakers in the North Carolina Senate have again offered legislation to repeal House Bill 2, which limits LGBT rights and directs which public bathrooms transgender people can use, among other things.

Four Senate Democrats sponsored repeal legislation filed Wednesday, but it's unlikely to get a hearing in the Republican-controlled chamber. GOP Senate leader Phil Berger has said he doesn't believe the votes are in his chamber for an outright repeal and says compromise would be required.

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While many participants in Wednesday's 'World Hijab Day' Rally in uptown Charlotte were Muslim, many were not.

Rabbi Judy Schindler, for one, had never worn a hijab prior to a few days ago, when she penned a blog post urging fellow citizens to don a head scarf on 'World Hijab Day' and attached a photo of herself doing just that.

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) is joining Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in a letter that raises concerns with President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily banning refugees and citizens of several Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S.

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A protest broke out at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on Saturday night in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The gathering began around 9 p.m. and reached its peak about an hour later, when roughly 60 protesters swarmed the airport's baggage claim clutching homemade signs and chanting, "No hate. No fear. Immigrants are welcome here." Police kept a close perimeter.

Memorial Stadium in Elizabeth would be torn down and a new soccer stadium built, under the plan.
Wikipedia

Less than an hour after Mecklenburg County Commissioners  voted 5 to 3 to move forward with a plan to bring a Major League Soccer team to Charlotte, the Charlotte City Council effectively killed the proposal, canceling a vote that had been scheduled for Friday.

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon becomes a free man Wednesday. The 50-year-old Democrat pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges in 2014 and was sentenced to serve 44 months in prison and to pay $60,500 in fines and restitution. His conviction stemmed from accepting bribes from undercover FBI agents while serving on Charlotte City Council and later as mayor.

South Carolina Representative Chris Corley, accused of beating his wife bloody, resigned Tuesday rather than be expelled from the Statehouse. Corley, a Republican, still faces a felony aggravated domestic violence charge that could put him in prison for up to 20 years.

Women's March attendees at Romare Bearden Park
Nick de la Canal / WFAE

Attendance estimates for the Women's March on Charlotte range from 25,000, according to event organizers, to "at least 10,000" according to CMPD, as quoted by the Charlotte Observer.

Either way, the turnout far exceeded organizers' expectations of around 5,000 people for Saturday's march, and the massive crowds forced police to block additional streets in uptown and caused inbound and outbound traffic to jam.

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