Jennifer Roberts

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Charlotte's Democratic mayoral candidates Joel Ford, Vi Lyles, and Jennifer Roberts participated in a forum Saturday afternoon that focused heavily on police-community relations and the city's role in responding to police shootings.

Several progressive and Democratic groups have organized the first candidate forum of Charlotte's upcoming mayoral race. The forum will feature all three of the Democratic candidates who've announced plans to run.

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By noon, the crowds began to pour into uptown's Marshall Park. The local Spanish-language radio station, La Raza 106.1FM, supplied music as a line of volunteers hauled cases of water bottles into the park and procrastinators hastily scrawled last-minute messages onto sheets of poster board.  

Hundreds of families arrived with school-age children in tow, ignoring CMS officials who urged parents against doing so earlier in the week. One 15-year-old high school student, Ciera Medina, said she should have been at J.M. Robinson High School, but skipped with her four younger siblings.

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More than 250 businesses in the Charlotte region will not open Thursday as part of a nationwide campaign called "A Day Without Immigrants," or "Dia Sin Inmigrantes," according to organizers and reports from the Spanish-language newspapers Que Pasa Mi Gente and Hola Noticias, which has kept a running tally on its Facebook page.

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.

Lyles Campaign

Today, at Little Rock AME Church in uptown, Vi Lyles announced that she is running for Charlotte’s mayor. Elections for that post and city council seats take place later this year.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts
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Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts gave her state of the city address Monday. And she portrayed the state of the city is as being on the offensive.

Charlotte mayor Jennifer Roberts has all but ended any possibility of the city taking another look at contributing city funds to pay for a major league soccer stadium, under the plan as it exists now.  During an interview with the Charlotte Business Journal last night, Roberts said that isn’t going to happen under “this structure and deal,” which calls for the city to kick in about $44 million toward building the stadium.    The city last week cancelled a hearing and vote on the plan.  Earlier this week, Mayor Roberts said city funding for the project was still possible, but only if certain

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Monday night about 100 people gathered in a room to talk. Some were members of the public, others uniformed members of the CMPD.

The event was put on by the city of Charlotte to address a vexing question: how to build public trust in police?

Memorial Stadium in Elizabeth would be torn down and a new soccer stadium built, under the plan.
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Charlotte’s mayor says city funding for a major league soccer stadium is still a possibility. But the city council still has some big questions that need answers.     

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