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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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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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