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11:06 am
Sat February 22, 2014

‘Peace Corps For Geeks’ Brings Top Tech Minds To Help Charlotte

Credit Ryan Resella, http://codeforamerica.org

In New Orleans, they created a website that gives residents up-to-date information on the status of vacant properties.

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Charlotte Observer
10:13 am
Thu February 20, 2014

NC Regulators Defend Their Policing Of Duke Energy

The Dan River coal ash basin.
Credit Duke Energy

North Carolina’s top environmental regulator defended his oversight of Duke Energy Wednesday as a criminal probe of the Dan River ash spill sought answers from his staff.

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Charlotte Observer
5:31 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Forecasters: Nearly 1 Foot Coming; CMS, Other Area Schools Closed Wednesday

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and other systems announced Wednesday closings while road and utilities crews rushed final preparations for the expected arrival of a major winter storm around daybreak in the Charlotte region.

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Charlotte Observer
10:06 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Washington Republicans Help Fill Tillis' War Chest

Thom Tillis

Cornelius Republican Thom Tillis has added 10 more U.S. senators and more than a dozen state lawmakers to the list of donors to his Senate campaign, according to a new campaign report.

Tillis has raised $1.8 million, more than three times any GOP opponent. However, he trails Sen. Kay Hagan, who raised $9.9 million last year.

Tillis’ nearest Republican competitor financially is Greg Brannon, a Cary physician who raised $524,500.

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Charlotte Observer
11:49 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Union Schools May Avoid Countywide Redistricting

Union County might be spared a controversial countywide school redistricting plan after all.

School board chair Richard Yercheck said Tuesday morning he expects his group will accept the county commissioners’ surprise $3 million offer to buy 49 mobile units. Commissioners on Monday said they made the offer to eliminate the need for countywide redistricting, and solve an issue that has been tearing the community apart

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Charlotte Observer
9:45 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Duke Energy Plant Reports Coal-Ash Spill

A vortex of coal ash swirls in the gray waters of the Dan River at Danville, Va. downstream from the Duke Energy Steam Station in Eden, NC.
Credit John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

Duke Energy said Monday that 50,000 to 82,000 tons of coal ash and up to 27 million gallons of water were released from a pond at its retired power plant in Eden into the Dan River, and were still flowing.

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Charlotte Observer
11:56 am
Thu January 23, 2014

N.C. NAACP President William Barber Defends ‘Dummy’ Remark

North Carolina NAACP President William Barber is standing by his characterization of the U.S. Senate’s only African-American Republican as a ventriloquist’s “dummy.”

Barber made the comment Sunday night in Columbia. In a talk about what he called “right-wing extremism,” he criticized African Americans who he said aren’t following the spirit of Martin Luther King. He singled out Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott.

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Charlotte Observer
3:52 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Obama Focuses On Economy In NC State Speech

RALEIGH President Barack Obama is embracing a do-it-yourself approach to reviving the nation’s economy, saying Wednesday at N.C. State University that he wants to see the recovery accelerate.

“This has to be a year of action,” Obama told a crowd of students, Democratic Party officials and invited guests. “Where I can act on my own without Congress I’m going to do so. And today I’m here to act.”

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Charlotte Observer
4:09 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Jonathon Ferrell's Family Files Suit In Shooting Death

Jonathon Ferrell
Credit Florida A&M Athletics

The family of an unarmed man fatally shot in September by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe, and local government.

It claims that each of those named contributed to the “grossly negligent” and “reckless” acts that led to the Sept. 14 shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell, a former Florida A&M football player and recent Charlotte transplant.

At a news conference late Tuesday morning, Jonathan Ferrell’s mother Georgia Ferrell said she felt she “shouldn’t be here.”

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Charlotte Observer
9:43 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Boone Hotel Executive Charged In Best Western Deaths

The Best Western Hotel in Boone.
Credit Jeff Willhelm / Charlotte Observer

BOONE A business executive who managed the Best Western was indicted Wednesday on charges of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths last year of three hotel guests poisoned by carbon monoxide.

A grand jury returned the three counts against Damon Mallatere, president of Appalachian Hospitality Management. The jury also indicted Mallatere on one additional count of assault inflicting serious bodily injury on another hotel guest who was poisoned but survived.

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