Charlotte City Council

A January presentation to the City Council envisioned a redesigned facade at Discovery Place on North Tryon Street.
Discovery Place

The Charlotte City Council on Monday approved a $700,000 contract to develop a master plan for the Discovery Place Science Museum.  Jenkins-Peer Architects will study how to modernize and expand the 36-year-old museum on North Tryon Street. 

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Charlotte's City Council will get five new members - all under the age of 40 - when the new council is sworn in on Dec. 4. That represents a generational shift in city government, says WFAE's Tom Bullock.

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The city of Charlotte has made history electing its first African American female mayor. In a landslide victory, Democratic candidate Vi Lyles defeated Republican Kenny Smith. 

It's Election Day in the Carolinas, with races for mayors and other local officials. Here's a last-minute look at what's on the ballot in and around Charlotte.  

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The clock has run out on Charlotte's bid for a Major League Soccer team. Supporters said Monday they won't be able to come up with a stadium deal before the league picks two new teams in December. 

Moderator Jeff Sonnier of WTVI (center) and mayoral candidates Vi Lyles and Kenny Smith watched a video clip during the debate taping Thursday. The debate airs Tuesday night on WTVI.
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In a half-hour debate Thursday organized by the League of Women Voters, Charlotte's two mayoral candidates went head-to-head on a variety of city issues. Democrat Vi Lyles and Republican Kenny Smith differed on taxes, tolls and city priorities. But they started by agreeing on one thing - the need for new leadership as they compete to replace current Democratic mayor Jennifer Roberts. 

Sarah Delia

Attorneys representing the family of Rueben Galindo say they’ll conduct their own investigation into his shooting. Police video released last week shows the 29-year old Hispanic man had his arms raised above his head as CMPD officers shot and killed him September 6.  The lawyers spoke to reporters before last night’s city council meeting. 

Frank Straub of the Police Foundation of Washington, D.C., talked to Charlotte City Council Monday.
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A consultant with the Police Foundation told Charlotte City Council Monday night that CMPD properly followed its own policies last year as it responded to violence following the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. But he said CMPD and city officials weren't fully prepared for the protests.

Rowan County Commission Chair Greg Edds gave a lengthy argument for appealing the case.
Rowan County Commission

Rowan County Commissioners voted Monday to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether they should be allowed to say Christian prayers before meetings. The 5-0 vote came at a special session that lasted an hour and 45 minutes.

[Meanwhile, prayer returned at the start of the Charlotte City Council meeting last night. More below.]

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Updated at 5:56 p.m.

Charlotte City Attorney Bob Hagemann says he never advised the mayor or city council to halt the practice of praying before council meetings. That's despite the mayor saying the decision was made on the "expert advice of our attorney."

In an interview with WFAE, Hagemann clarified that while he told city council that not praying before meetings is "100 percent constitutionally defensible," he did not expressly recommend that council cease the practice.

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