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Hector Vaca of Action NC speaks at a press conference by Latin American and African American leaders Friday at the Government Center.
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Federal officials say there's nothing new or different about how they've been arresting people for immigration violations in Charlotte this week. But the arrests raised fears in the city's Latin-American community. Many see it as part of a nationwide anti-immigrant campaign led by the White House.

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

Sarah Delia

On January 16, Charlotte City Council made a unanimous decision to appoint 30-year-old Dimple Ajmera to serve out the rest of John Autry’s term. Autry was elected to North Carolina’s House of Representatives last November. Six people including Ajmera applied for the job.

protesters tried to talk to a police officer
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Charlotte officials are taking a long look at the city's five-year-old "Extraordinary Event" ordinance. They're trying to gauge whether it works and how it's being used. Critics say it's too stringent and used too often.

Mike Burch of Speedway Motor Sports talks to reporters about the Major League Soccer bid.
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The ownership group that wants to bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte says it will submit a bid by the league's deadline Tuesday. That's despite the city council's decision last week not to vote on helping to pay for a new $175 million stadium near uptown.

A Charlotte group’s bid for a Major League Soccer team appeared well on its way Thursday morning, when Mecklenburg County Commissioners voted 5 to 3 in favor of contributing $44 million toward a new stadium. Less than an hour later, it was apparently dead.  

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.

 The Charlotte City Council Monday night voted unanimously to appoint Dimple Ajmera to represent District 5 in east Charlotte. She replaces John Autry, who was elected to the state House of Representatives in November. 

Two of North Carolina's Democratic representatives in Congress are joining more than 40 House Democrats who plan to boycott President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration this week. Reps. Alma Adams and G.K. Butterfield say they will not attend Trump's swearing-in Friday at the U.S. Capitol.

Two members of Charlotte City Council are rebuking a report published this week that suggested members had plans to symbolically re-instate the city's nondiscrimination ordinance.

Per Democrat Julie Eiselt: "That's not a thing we're doing right now."

Per Republican Ed Driggs: "It's not where we are right now."

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