Local News
6:57 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Sharks, Rays Arrive At SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

Kids in the aquarium watched as black nose sharks, cow nose rays, jewel damselfish, French angelfish, upside down jellyfish and venomous lion fish were unloaded and brought inside the aquarium.
Credit Courtesy of SEA LIFE

  A truckload of sharks just got to the Charlotte area. The delivery from the Florida Keys pulled up to a soon-to-be open aquarium at Concord Mills Thursday morning.

The creature transport truck had three black nose sharks, cow nose rays, jewel damselfish, French angelfish, upside down jellyfish and venomous lion fish. They were among more than 30 species of fish and invertebrates on this trip.

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium's marketing director, Jack Stevenson, says the animals are very happy. 

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9:05 am
Tue January 14, 2014

McCrory: Not Many Options For Special Election For Mel Watt's Seat

Governor Pat McCrory announced the special election for Congressman Mel Watt's seat will coincide with the general election schedule.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Governor Pat McCrory says he didn't have many options for when to hold a special election for the 12th congressional district.  Mel Watt resigned from his seat on January 6 after he was sworn in as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

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Charlotte Observer
9:43 am
Fri December 20, 2013

School Staff Had Concerns About Children Whose Mother Was DSS Manager

Credit Charlotte Observer

The welfare of five children now at the center of a high-profile abuse case worried staffers at Union Academy charter school last year, a school supervisor said.

The supervisor said she decided to bypass the local Department of Social Services because she knew the children’s mother worked there as a manager. Instead, the supervisor tried to contact the state DSS directly, but she says her calls were not returned.

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Local News
9:45 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Carolinas, Other States To Boeing: Oh Oh, Pick Me!

In its factory in Monroe, Cyril Bath produces U-shaped parts for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Credit Michael Tomsic

“We've got just what you need.”

That's basically what Boeing is hearing this week from leaders in the Carolinas, Missouri, California and about a dozen other places. They're submitting bids to build Boeing's new 777X airplanes - and win the thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in investment that come with them.

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A Trifling Place
3:50 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

A Trifling Place, Episode 14: Charlotte vs. Raleigh

The relationship between Charlotte and Raleigh is like one of two squabbling siblings.
Credit Tasnim Shamma / Photos by James Willamor/NCDOT (Flickr)

Welcome to A Trifling Place, a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

Charlotte has a lot of nicknames. Some of them are flattering and others … not so much. One of them is "The Great State of Mecklenburg." Much of this has to do with how Raleigh perceives Charlotte and vice versa.

"If you've lived here long enough, you know about the bitter feud between Raleigh and Charlotte," Morgan Fogarty says on Fox News Edge in 2008. "They hate us. We don't care." 

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A Trifling Place
12:40 am
Mon October 28, 2013

'Cupid' Ranks Southern Drawl Most Attractive in North America

A new "study" found that 45 percent of men prefer women with a Southern accent, according to

Turns out the “lilting twang of the South” is the most attractive accent in North America, according to a “study” by From their press release:

When it comes to romance, most of us dream of long lazy days in the sun, epic sunsets and, ahem, rolls in the hay.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Eastside Charlotte Update

Vietnamese market and other shops on Central Avenue in east Charlotte.
Credit Google Maps Streetview

The east side of Charlotte has been developing for a number of years. An area that used to be avoided by many people, now has a growing and diverse population. More ethnic restaurants and small shopping malls are sprouting up. A restaurant tour in September promises to sample tastes from around the world right in east Charlotte. And most recently a plan to demolish Eastland Mall and make way for a movie studio is tentatively moving forward. Charlotte is already a hub for the filming of movies and television, and this would extend that industry further east. We talk with Charlotte Mayor Pat Kinsey and others about the development of east Charlotte.

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9:30 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Charlotte Moral Monday Focuses On Voting

Organizers estimated more than 2,500 showed up for Charlotte's Moral Monday rally in Marshall Park on August 19.
Tasnim Shamma

The state's chapter of the NAACP has been leading weekly protests in Raleigh called Moral Monday.

It's a movement led by clergy members that's now on a state-wide tour and made its latest stop in Charlotte Monday night.

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Local News
3:40 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Charlotte Won't Have A Parade This Thanksgiving

The Carolinas' Carousel Parade announced on Friday that the parade would be cancelled this year.
Carolinas' Carrousel Parade

Charlotte will not have a Thanksgiving Day parade this year for the first time in more than 65 years. That's because the organizers of the Carolinas' Carrousel Parade were unable to raise the money. Belk stepped down as the main sponsor after last year's parade. Jeff Collins is president of the Carrousel board of directors.

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Local News
9:15 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Local Buyout Program Saves Homes From Flooding

Charlotte Firefighters & Police Officers responding to a service call in southeast Charlotte in August of 2011.
Credit flickr/charlottefire

It's been raining a lot in the Charlotte area. Since June 1, we've received about 12 inches of rain. That's about 7 inches above normal. About six homes were flooded last week in northwest Charlotte. But city officials say it would have been much higher if it weren't for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg floodplain buyout program. In the past 12 years, they've relocated 500 families.

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