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Hundreds of people taunted each other on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse Saturday during separate rallies staged by two groups from outside the state.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway and other NASCAR tracks will start asking fans not to display Confederate flags. 

Confederate flags and paraphernalia are common sights at NASCAR races in the South. Fans fly them in the campgrounds and wear them in the stands.

Now, all the NASCAR tracks that host top-flight races are trying to change that. In a statement, they said quote: we are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is demanding that legislators cut personal income taxes to make South Carolina more competitive with neighboring states. But some lawmakers on both sides of the aisle disagree with her analysis.

South Carolinians already pay less in income taxes than their counterparts in North Carolina and Georgia, as well as most other states that collect the tax. The state tax code puts South Carolina's top rate at 7 percent, but the state’s effective tax rate - what people actually pay - averages just under 3 percent. 

Sun. Headlines: Dealer Faces Jail For Fraud

May 24, 2015

The former president of a Charlotte-based classic car dealership will be sentenced next month after reaching a plea deal on federal mail fraud and identity-theft charges.  The Charlotte Observer reports 50-year-old Joseph Carroll is scheduled to be sentenced June 12 in Cincinnati, more than a year after signing a plea agreement.  

Michael Tomsic

When you think "environmentally friendly," NASCAR is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.

After all, burning fuel is a fundamental part of stock car racing. But NASCAR, like other pro sports, is trying to decrease its carbon footprint. Some of those initiatives will be on display at the Coca-Cola 600 this weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NASCAR, Racing And Charlotte

May 18, 2015
Wendy Herkey / WFAE

The two biggest NASCAR races of the year take place in May at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Fans from all over the country are here to see some of the best drivers in the world compete and NASCAR is competing, too – for your attention. These races bring BIG money to town – about $230 million and the speedway has made major improvements to attract younger fans. We talk about racing, its impact, its Charlotte ties and more.

Sun. Headlines: Volvo coming to S.C.?

May 10, 2015

Swedish auto maker Volvo apparently has picked a site in South Carolina for its first U.S. plant.  Georgia was the other finalist, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that officials there learned Friday the state won’t be home to the $500 million plant.

Sun. Headlines: Comments Sought On Voter ID Rules

May 3, 2015
VoterID.NC.gov

New rules to implement North Carolina’s 2013 Voter ID law are now up for public comment. The draft regulations from the State Board of Elections were released Friday, and will determine how precinct officials decide whether someone has the required photo identification to vote in person starting in 2016.  

Nine public hearings are planned across the state, beginning with a June 3 meeting in Raleigh. There’s a hearing June 8 from 5-7pm at the Hal Marshall auditorium in Charlotte and another in Boone on June 10. Written comments are due by June 30.  

Sun. Headlines: Duke Docks CEO's Pay

Mar 29, 2015

Duke Energy's CEO is paying a price for a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of North Carolina’s Dan River in toxic sludge.   An annual statement released ahead of the Charlotte company's May shareholder meeting says Chief Executive Lynn Good's $8.3 million compensation in 20-14 was cut by about $600,000. Duke’s chief financial officer and three other executives saw similar 35 percent reductions in compensation tied to annual performance.

Sun. Headlines: NC Teacher Pay Improves

Mar 22, 2015

The latest public school teacher pay rankings show North Carolina still below the national average, but making improvement after raises were approved last summer. 

The new National Education Association report showed North Carolina ranked 47th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia during the 2013-14 school year in average teacher pay, at almost $45,000. The NEA's average pay estimate this year for North Carolina is about $47,800, compared to the national average of about $57,400.

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