Local News
9:29 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Gas-Guzzling NASCAR Takes Green Initiatives To Heart

A pit crew member rolls containers of ethanol-blended fuel toward the racetrack.
Credit 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.

The same sport that roars to life with this:

"Drivers, start your engines!" Guy Fieri screamed at the start of the All-Star Race last weekend in Charlotte.

Also has executives pushing this message:

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon May 18, 2015

NASCAR, Racing And Charlotte

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.

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Local News
9:23 am
Sun May 10, 2015

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

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.

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Sunday Headlines
10:16 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Sun. Headlines: Comments Sought On Voter ID Rules


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.  

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Sunday Headlines
9:26 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Sun. Headlines: Duke Docks CEO's Pay

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.

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Sunday Headlines
9:43 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Sun. Headlines: NC Teacher Pay Improves

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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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.
Credit 304460Lance King/Getty Images

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.
Credit 303102Patrick Smith/Getty Images /

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.

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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