Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer
11:41 am
Fri August 16, 2013

McCrory Administration Explores Casino Deal With Catawba Tribe

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Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration is considering a potential deal to allow a South Carolina-based Indian tribe to open a casino just across the border in North Carolina in a move that is generating swift and fierce opposition from top Republican lawmakers.

McCrory’s senior economic adviser Tony Almeida met with Cleveland County officials about a month ago to discuss a potential casino operated by the Catawba Indian Nation, said Ronnie Hawkins, chairman of the Cleveland County Commission.

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Charlotte Observer
10:34 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police To Seek Injunction To Suppress Gang

Members of the Hidden Valley community look at photos Aug. 13, 2013, at the Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church of possible gang members in connection with gang activity. Chief Rodney Monroe informed the residents of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police plans.
Credit T. Ortega Gaines / Charlotte Observer

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are asking for an injunction to place restrictions on suspected members of the Hidden Valley Kings – a new tactic for battling one of the city’s oldest gangs. It’s the first time a North Carolina law enforcement agency has taken civil action against a gang, police said Tuesday.

Other cities have used injunctions for decades because it gives police more leeway to limit gangs and approach their members. But civil libertarians say the tactic can amount to racial profiling and ends up targeting people who aren’t gang members.

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Charlotte Observer
2:38 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Hospital Settles Suit Over Kenny Chapman Murders

A lawsuit stemming from the 2010 Kenny Chapman killings – which ignited a Charlotte-area debate on emergency mental health care that continues today – apparently has been settled by Carolinas HealthCare System and the victims’ family, reportedly for $11.5 million.

In the case file at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, details of the settlement are hidden under a confidentiality clause.

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Charlotte Observer
10:20 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Skybrook Golf Club, Charlotte Golf Links Owe Millions, Placed In Receivership

Hole No. 1 at Skybrook Golf Club
Credit File Photo / Charlotte Observer

Two Charlotte-area golf courses in the troubled Carolina Trail golf group owe millions of dollars in unpaid loans and have been placed under control of a court-appointed third party, according to documents.

Foreclosure is a possible next step for Skybrook Golf Club in Huntersville and Charlotte Golf Links on Providence Road, as lender Hunting Dog Capital tries to retrieve nearly $7 million lent to the courses.

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Charlotte Observer
10:08 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Lawsuits Prompt Pause For Some Sectarian Prayers

The longstanding practice of opening Charlotte-area government meetings with a Christian prayer has come under increasing attack by residents and outside groups.

It’s a battle that is also unfolding from California to New York, and the issue is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause prohibits the government from favoring one religion over another. When government prayers invoke Jesus, civil liberties groups and other critics say it violates constitutional rights.

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Charlotte Observer
1:19 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Gun Suppressors Are Now Legal For Hunting In North Carolina

For decades, the closest most people got to a gun suppressor – those metal cylinders that reduce a gun’s bang – was seeing one on a movie screen in the hands of an assassin or gangster.

But sweeping gun legislation has made suppressors, also known as silencers, legal for hunting in North Carolina. Law enforcement authorities are now trying to figure out how to shape polices to implement the new law.

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Charlotte Observer
10:05 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Community Battles Flood Waters In Cramerton

Flooding in downtown Cramerton on Monday. The Catawba river crested seven feet above flood stage early Monday.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

The worst flooding in 40 years sent water from the South Fork Catawba River to the edge of homes and businesses in the Gaston County town of Cramerton early Monday, but a a community-wide sandbagging effort by volunteers appeared to prevent serious damage.

  Water levels began dropping around sunrise, but authorities say they expect the river to remain above flood level for the rest of the day.

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Charlotte Observer
10:26 am
Fri July 26, 2013

N.C. Legislators Give Final OK To Charlotte Airport Bill

Charlotte Douglas Airport. File photo.
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RALEIGH The North Carolina legislature, plowing into the wee hours and past the objections of Democrats, gave final approval early Friday to a measure creating a Charlotte airport commission.

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Charlotte Observer
10:25 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Lawmaker Rejects City Airport Offer

US Airways jets are parked at the terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
Credit Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer aboard NBC Charlotte's AirStar

RALEIGH A leading Republican lawmaker on Tuesday dismissed the city of Charlotte’s latest proposal on the airport, as she and other House members appear poised to give final approval to a bill creating a new authority.

In an impromptu meeting in a legislative hallway, a clearly frustrated Rep. Ruth Samuelson told city lobbyist Dana Fenton the city’s Monday night proposal falls short.

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Charlotte Observer
3:15 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Duke Energy Defends Rate Charges, Settlement

RALEIGH Duke Energy Carolinas defended its handling of disputed charges in its North Carolina rate case Thursday, saying most of them were justified.

Two Duke officials took the witness stand before the North Carolina Utilities Commission on the rate case’s fourth day. While acknowledging some errors, they said the $200 million of revenue Duke gave up in reaching a proposed settlement of the case more than made up for them.

Duke has agreed to an overall 5.1 percent rate hike, its third since 2009, if the commission approves.

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