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Sunday Headlines
11:14 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Tobacco Headquarters To Become Hotel, Apartments

A Philadelphia company has announced plans to buy and re-develop the historic R.J. Reynolds Tobacco headquarters in Winston-Salem. PMC Property Group plans to spend $7.8 million to buy the 22-story building, and to invest an estimated $60 million overall in the conversion.  Plans call for a boutique hotel on the bottom six floors, and 120 luxury residential units above.

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Sunday Headlines
11:15 am
Sun May 25, 2014

NC Wildlife Plans Holiday Boat Checks

Memorial Day marks the start of boating and beach season. If you’re headed out on the water, watch out for a crackdown on drinking while boating.  North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission offices are patrolling this weekend looking for people driving boats while impaired.  The commission is in charge of law enforcement on the state’s lakes and waterways. Impaired boaters be jailed and fined at least $250 for the offense.  Officers also will be making sure children 12 and younger are wearing life jackets, and checking to make sure boats have the proper equipment.

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Local News
9:26 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Former College Athletes Go Pro With NASCAR Pit Crews

Kasey Kahne's pit crew sprints around Kahne's car during a pit stop at the All-Star race.
Michael Tomsic

Former college football, baseball and hockey players will compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. They aren't racing the cars - they're on the pit crews.

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Sunday Headlines
10:32 am
Sun May 18, 2014

McMurray Drives To Upset In All-Star Race

Jamie McMurray was a 40-to-1 long shot but a late surge helped him to an upset victory in the million-dollar NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday night.  It was the first big event in 2014 Race Week. 

McMurray was in second place as the race restarted for the 10-lap sprint to the checkered flag. Lined up outside of pole-sitter Carl Edwards, McMurray waged a door-to-door battle with the leader for a lap before he finally cleared Edwards for the lead two laps into the fifth segment.   

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Local News
9:47 am
Wed March 5, 2014

NASCAR, Other Pro Sports Staff High-Tech Social Media Centers

13 46-inch TV screens display charts, tweets and the races in the NASCAR Fan and Media Engagement Center.
Michael Tomsic

NASCAR, the NFL and other pro sports are combining high-tech data analytics with old-school public relations. They've built what are basically tech command centers where employees engage with fans and monitor trends on social media. The centers have been popping up over the past five years or so, and one of the newest ones is in Charlotte.


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Local News
9:05 am
Fri January 31, 2014

NASCAR Makes Its Playoffs More Like Other Sports

Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jeff Gordon discuss the upcoming season.
Credit Michael Tomsic

NASCAR is overhauling its playoff system to create a winner-take-all final race. The sport's executives announced the changes Thursday in Charlotte. It'll make NASCAR's postseason simpler and more similar to other professional sports.


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Local News
6:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

NASCAR Considering New Playoff System

The changes are coming out as part of the Sprint Media Tour hosted by the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Credit Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR is changing the way drivers qualify for races this season to add excitement to the days leading up to the race. And Thursday in Charlotte, drivers and speedway executives expect NASCAR to announce huge changes to the sport's playoff system.


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A Trifling Place
11:37 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Mosaic Mural Of Dale Jr. For Auction On eBay

A four feet by six feet mural of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet made of more than 1,100 images submitted by fans, is on auction on eBay, with a starting bid of $500.
Credit eBay

This weekend, bidding began on an almost-life-sized mural of Dale Earnhardt Jr. A print of the digital mosaic mural is made up of more than 1,151 photos submitted by fans between May and December 2013. 

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Local News
2:40 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

BlueCross BlueShield Goes Racing For Obamacare Customers

The entrance to Blue Cross Blue Shield's part of the fan zone is right near Bojangles' and Krispy Kreme trucks.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Fast cars, greasy food, cold beer and a health insurance quote. Racing fans could find all those things Saturday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Blue Cross Blue Shield set up shop at the NASCAR race to tell people about how health care laws are changing, and find new customers in the process.

Just past a booth selling Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, the smells of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Bojangles’ fried chicken mix together right before you come across North Carolina’s largest health insurance company.

Welcome to the Bank of America 500.

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Sunday Headlines
12:25 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Folt installed as UNC's new chancellor

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill installed its 11th chancellor on Saturday, the first woman to hold the position. Carol Folt is the former interim president at Dartmouth College. Folt said during the ceremony she was overwhelmed by "Carolina warmth and a Tar Heel welcome." She replaces Holden Thorp, UNC-Chapel Hill’s leader since 2008.

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