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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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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Humpy Wheeler On 'How We Messed Up NASCAR'

Humpy Wheeler has always been vocal about his opinions in the world of stock car racing, and isn't afraid to ruffle the feathers of NASCAR executives and even his former employers at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Recently, Mr. Wheeler spoke about how those in positions of power in NASCAR "got too fancy and messed up" the sport. Today, Humpy Wheeler joins us to talk about why he thinks this and what he plans to do about it.

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Sunday Headlines
9:44 am
Sun August 11, 2013

Film and TV producers lobby to keep N.C. incentives

Film and TV producers are warning that North Carolina could lose thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in investment if it doesn't extend a state incentive program set to expire at the end of 2014. The Motion Picture Association of America wrote to state officials four days before the Legislature adjourned recently, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

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Sunday Headlines
9:51 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Power Finally Coming Back On After Storms

Utility crews are still cleaning up after Thursday night’s severe storms across the Carolinas and some customers are still without power, including in the Winston-Salem area, Salisbury, and Rockingham. Duke Energy says those customers may not get power back until Sunday.

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Extreme Sports
9:33 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Wow-ing ESPN Executives In X-Games Bid With Racing

Travis Pastrana stands in front of the main race track at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to promote Charlotte's bid to host the X Games.
Tasnim Shamma

ESPN executives toured the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday to see if it would make a good site to host the summer X Games. The X Games is a four-day event of extreme sports such as BMX freestyle, skateboarding and motorbike competitions. Charlotte is one of four cities ESPN is considering to host the games for three years, starting next summer. 


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Sunday headlines
10:57 am
Sun May 26, 2013

NASCAR CEO Hopes Fall Race Stays Here

NASCAR officials are concerned about the possibility that Charlotte Motor Speedway might lose one of its two big annual Sprint Cup races. NASCAR CEO Brian France said Saturday he would prefer that the speedway’s fall race remain in Charlotte. Speedway Motor Sports CEO Bruton Smith said last week in an interview with WBTV there was a 70 percent chance he'd move Charlotte's fall race to another track he owns, in Las Vegas. That couldn't happen without NASCAR's approval. In a conversation with reporters Saturday, France said Smith hasn’t contacted NASCAR about a possible move yet.

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Local News
10:12 am
Sun May 26, 2013

Behind The Scenes At The Charlotte Motor Speedway

Tommy Williams is one of the employees at the Charlotte Motor Speedway making sure firefighters and paramedics have what they need.
Michael Tomsic

Roughly 100,000 fans will pour into the Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday evening for the Coca-Cola 600.

There will also be thousands of people there who aren’t watching the race, driving a car or working in the garages. They’re the volunteers and employees who take care of everything behind the scenes.


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Local News
5:59 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

'Home Of NASCAR' Could Lose A Race

Harry Wiley and his friends get ready for a potluck dinner at the family campground at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Michael Tomsic

Speed week at the Charlotte Motor Speedway concludes Sunday with the Coca-Cola 600. The track will have another Sprint Cup race in October. But it could be the last fall race – Speedway Motorsports CEO Bruton Smith said this week there’s a strong chance he’ll move that one to another track he owns in Las Vegas.

That would be another blow for NASCAR’s Southern fan base. But the circumstances surrounding this possible move are different from when races left other Southern cities.


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Local News
9:34 am
Sun May 19, 2013

JCSU Graduation Honors Andrew Young, Mayor Foxx

College graduation season continued in the Charlotte area Sunday morning, with commencement ceremonies at Johnson C. Smith University and Davidson College.  Ambassador and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young was the guest speaker at J.C. Smith’s 141st graduation, which began at 8am at the university’s Irwin Belk Complex. The university presented honorary degrees to Young and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx.

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