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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Saturday headlines
9:50 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Report Says Bobcats Begin Process To Become Hornets

It looks like the Charlotte Bobcats are getting closer to that big name change that’s been rumored for months. is reporting that the city’s pro basketball team has begun the process of changing its name to the Hornets. That was the name of Charlotte’s former NBA team, which moved to New Orleans.

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Charlotte Observer
10:43 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Unsealed Documents Shine Light On NASCAR Leader's Holdings

Newly unsealed documents in the divorce case of NASCAR Chairman Brian France provide a rare glimpse into how much money the privately held racing organization has generated for the France family.

France’s assets totaled more than $550 million in 2005, according to a financial statement included in the 1,500 pages of documents.

Owned and controlled by the France family, NASCAR paid Brian France more than $9 million in 2004, the documents show.

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Sunday headlines
10:03 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Humane Society rescues 19 dogs from puppy mill

The Humane Society of Charlotte says it rescued 19 breeding dogs early Saturday from a puppy mill in western North Carolina.  The society said its emergency response team found a breeding operation at the site, with 19 Maltese and Maltese mix dogs between 4 and 10 years old.

Officials said the dogs had mouth, eye and skin problems resulting from a lack of veterinary care. They will be treated then sent to foster homes. 

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Local News
5:25 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Sequestration Cuts To Hit Control Tower At Concord Airport

A plane parked at the Concord Regional Airport in Concord, N.C.
Credit flickr/Willamor Media

What's an airport without a control tower? One that can expect to see a lot less traffic. As part of the sequestration cuts to the federal budget, the Federal Aviation Administration has given the city of Concord official notice that it will end the contract that funds the tower program at Concord Regional Airport.  

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Sunday headlines
9:43 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Commission Chair Says State - Not Local - Rules Should Govern Fracking

The head of a panel writing rules for natural gas fracking in North Carolina says state standards should prevail over local rules when it comes to regulating the practice.  The remarks by Jim Womack came as a study group of the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission met Friday in Pittsboro.

Womack, the commission chair and a Lee County commissioner, said local governments should have to make a case for why their rules should be more stringent than any state standards,  The Fayetteville Observer reports.

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