Sunday Headlines
10:06 am
Sun October 5, 2014

14,000 Run For The Cure In Charlotte

DeAngelo Williams and sister Garlanda Reed helped promote this year's Charlotte Race for the Cure.
Credit Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

The weather was nearly perfect Saturday – sunny and in the 60s – when more than 14,000  people joined the 18th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Charlotte.  The 5K race honored breast cancer survivors and raised $1.4 million for breast cancer research.  

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9:40 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Bonner Bridge Replacement Debate Stirs Strong Opinions On NC's Coast

Bonner Bridge
Credit NCDOT Communications / Flickr/

If you drive to Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks, there’s only one way to go: over the Bonner Bridge. The near-three-mile bridge, which first opened in 1963, is the only access to the island other than ferries.  It also needs to be replaced. Building that replacement is on hold for now while a lawsuit over its construction plays out in court. Environmental groups have sued the state over its planned replacement, saying it would damage the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. They want the state to instead build a 17-mile replacement bridge that would swing out over the Pamlico Sound and bypass the refuge.

We wanted to know what residents of Hatteras Island say about the replacement project. Allen Burrus is a Dare County Commissioner representing the island.  He's also a lifelong resident.

10:05 am
Mon September 22, 2014

New Bridge To Open In Independence Widening Project

A view of the Conference Drive bridge, which is scheduled to open on Tuesday at midnight.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Starting midnight Tuesday, you'll be able to drive over a new bridge in east Charlotte.

It's on Conference Drive and it's part of a $51 million project to widen Independence Boulevard between Albemarle Road and Wallace Lane.

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Sunday Headlines
9:51 am
Sun September 21, 2014

25 Years Ago, Hugo Hit Charleston

It’s been quarter-century since Hurricane Hugo hit the Carolinas and people across the region are remembering the anniversary this week. The storm killed 49 people and caused $7 billion in damage, and was a defining moment for Charleston, South Carolina, and for its mayor, Joseph P. Riley Jr.  Hugo came ashore 25 years ago today in Charleston, slamming the city with 135 mile an hour winds. 

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5:06 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Mooresville Residents Sign Petition To Stop I-77 Toll Lanes

Audience members signed petitions to Governor Pat McCrory requesting the cancellation of the widening project.
Credit Jonathan Cox/

Construction on I-77 toll lanes between Charlotte and Mooresville is expected to begin next year. More than 120 people came out to Mooresville to learn about the lanes and sign petitions to stop the project. The meeting was organized by the group Widen I-77, which is against the toll lanes.

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Sunday Headlines
10:27 am
Sun September 7, 2014

DOT Seeks Sponsors To Pay For Roads

Could North Carolina’s roads soon come with corporate sponsors? The state Department of Transportation is launching a plan to generate revenue by selling advertising and naming rights on highway shoulders, rest areas, ferries, websites, and even those yellow Motorist Assistance Patrol trucks.

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9:23 am
Fri August 15, 2014

New Harrisburg Line Will Add Amtrak Trips From Charlotte To Raleigh

Construction of the Roberta Road bridge project in Harrisburg. Homes will be on one side and businesses on the other.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

You may have noticed more traffic than usual in the Harrisburg area recently. That’s because there are six federal railroad projects under construction in the town.

The biggest project involves building a second railroad track that will run alongside the main existing line. It's part of an overall plan to increase the number of daily roundtrips between Charlotte and Raleigh.

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Local News
6:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

I-77 Toll Lane Debate Gets More Intense

Mary Lou Richardson, a member of Widen I-77, wears an anti-tolling button at the group's meeting on Thursday, July 24.
Credit Nick de la Canal/WFAE

 If driving down I-77 is part of your daily commute, you’ll probably agree a solution is needed for the growing congestion on the interstate. North Carolina’s Department of Transportation intends to add toll lanes to ease traffic and potentially provide the state with extra income. But as the plan enters its final stages, the state is experiencing some significant pushback.

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4:32 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Charlotte Premium Outlets Will Provide Shuttles For Grand Opening

Credit Charlotte Premium Outlets

Charlotte's newest shopping mall complex, Charlotte Premium Outlets, will open its doors on Thursday morning. The mall has more than 100 stores and will host a four-day grand opening that's expected to draw large crowds -- and a lot of traffic -- near Steele Creek Road and I-485 in southwest Charlotte.  

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10:20 am
Tue July 8, 2014

For NCDOT Official, A Thorough Grilling Over I-77 Tolls

Rodger Rochelle, the NCDOT’s technical services director, addressed the Cornelius Town Board Monday.
Credit David Boraks / Cornelius News

Rodger Rochelle is the NC Department of Transportation’s director of technical services, working deep in the trenches on contracts, technical specifications and research and development. After Monday night’s Town Board meeting at Cornelius Town Hall, he can add “punching bag” to his job description.

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