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Sunday Headlines
9:31 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Sun. Headlines: CIAA Comes To Town

The CIAA college basketball tournament will bring thousands of fans to Charlotte this week for parties, career networking, concerts and basketball. Play begins at Time Warner Cable Arena on Tuesday and continues through Saturday, when the men’s and women’s titles will be decided.

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Local News
9:56 am
Wed February 4, 2015

The Legacy Of NASCAR Hall Of Famer Wendell Scott

Franklin Scott, son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Wendell Scott, speaks during the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at NASCAR Hall of Fame on January 30, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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On December 1, 1963, Wendell Scott became the first African-American to win a race in NASCAR's top division. More than 50 years later, the number of African-American drivers who've accomplished that feat hasn't changed. Scott's recent induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte was a chance to celebrate a pioneering achievement, but also an opportunity to examine why NASCAR still struggles with diversity.

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Local News
4:16 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

NASCAR Heads Into 2015 With Playoff Momentum, Big TV Contract, But Fewer Seats

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.
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NASCAR goes into its next season with a giant new TV contract and a revamped playoff system that led to wrecks, fights and some higher ratings last year. The sport's executives say the changes made last season one of the most thrilling in the past decade, and that even casual fans took notice. But the sport is still nowhere near as well-viewed or attended as it was before the recession.

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Local News
8:38 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon Retiring

Jeff Gordon at an awards ceremony.
Credit NASCARmedia.com

Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon will retire after the upcoming season. Gordon's clean-cut style helped NASCAR connect with a new generation of racing fans.

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Local News
10:27 am
Tue January 13, 2015

NASCAR Hall Of Fame Gets Council's Go-Ahead On Debt Write-Off

Credit Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

The NASCAR Hall of Fame has been given approval to erase more than $20 million of debt off its books. In a 10-1 vote Monday night, the Charlotte City Council approved the plan for Bank of America, Wells Fargo and NASCAR to eliminate the debt in exchange for $5 million in payments from the city.

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Local News
6:03 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

NASCAR's New Playoffs: Wrecks, Fights And Better Ratings

NASCAR's new playoff grid.
Credit NASCAR

NASCAR's championship race is this weekend. It's the first time the sport will crown its champion using a new playoff system that concludes with a winner-take-all final race.

The new format makes NASCAR's playoffs much more like other pro sports – the emphasis is now on winning rather than just racing consistently. The change has led to more excitement on and off the track, with wrecks, fights and higher TV ratings.

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Sunday Headlines
9:44 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Group Wants Concealed Weapons At NC Fair

The North Carolina state fair is known for its ferris wheels, fried food and racing pigs. Now a group called Grass Roots North Carolina wants it to add concealed handguns, too.  A judge on Monday will hold a hearing on the gun-rights group’s argument that a recent change in state law makes it illegal for the fair to ban concealed-carry permit holders from bringing guns.

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NASCAR
6:10 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Attention NASCAR Fans: XFINITY To Replace Nationwide Series

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France says he likes Comcast because it's an innovative company.
Tasnim Shamma

The second-biggest series in NASCAR – the Nationwide Series  – will now be called the NASCAR XFINITY series. NASCAR announced Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame that Comcast Cable's XFINITY internet service will be the title sponsor for the series for the next 10 years.


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Local News
2:25 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

News Roundup: Convictions Overturned, NASCAR's New Sponsor, Supreme Court Rejects Vouchers And More

A North Carolina judge has overturned the convictions of two men who have served 30 years in prison for the rape and murder of an 11-year old Robeson County girl. Fifty-year-old Henry McCollum and 46-year-old Leon Brown were convicted in the 1893 killing of Sabrina Buie. DNA evidence from a cigarette butt recovered at the crime scene points to another man in the crime.

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sunday headlines
9:23 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Six Die In Mobile Home Fire

Six people died early Saturday in a mobile home fire in the Sampson County town of Garland, east of Fayetteville. Sampson County deputies said the fire was reported around 1 a.m.   Authorities are investigating, but a captain with the sheriff’s department said it appears the fire was an accident.

ALCOHOL SUSPECTED IN DEADLY HUNTERSVILLE WRECK

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