Sunday Headlines
10:25 am
Sun June 21, 2015

Sun. Headlines: Protesters want Confederate flag removed from SC statehouse

A large crowd rallied Saturday against the presence of the Confederate flag on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse, calling it a “symbol of hate.” Several people spoke at the rally, which lasted more than an hour. The crowd chanted "take it down" and ended the rally by singing "We Shall Overcome."  The rally came three days after the shooting deaths of nine people in a massacre at the black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

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5:15 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

NCDOT Closes On I-77 Toll Lane Financing; Commissioner Puckett 'Shocked'

Credit North Carolina Dept. of Transportation

Mecklenburg County commissioners joined several local town boards Tuesday night  in asking the North Carolina Department of Transportation to delay its deal with a private company to build and operate toll lanes in northern Mecklenburg and southern Iredell counties. On Wednesday, the state gave its answer: No. The state announced it has closed on the financing contract with a subsidiary of Cintra U.S.

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Local News
2:27 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

A Crew By Any Other Name? NCDOT Signs First Sponsorship Deal

A hat with State Farm's logo is now part of the IMAP driver's uniform.
Credit Courtesy of NCDOT

Stranded motorists in North Carolina may think a particular insurance company is coming to their rescue. This after the North Carolina Department of Transportation signed its first sponsorship deal, for roadside assistance crews.

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Local News
4:53 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Yadkin Riverkeeper Files Another Lawsuit Against Monroe Bypass Project

The Yadkin River.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region / Flickr

The Yadkin Riverkeeper is challenging the water quality permit for the Monroe Bypass. This is the second case in court that involves the proposed 20-mile toll road.

The lawsuit claims the state failed to consider less destructive alternatives to alleviate traffic congestion on Route 74.

Kym Hunter is an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, which filed the lawsuit.

"The state has not done a proper assessment of how much worse water quality would get. Essentially NCDOT and the state are taking the position that building this bypass would not bring any new growth to the region and wouldn’t have any impact on water quality."

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Local News
12:02 am
Fri April 10, 2015

The State's Domain, Part 2: North Carolina's Map Act

NCDOT sign along a protected corridor
Courtesy of Matthew Bryant

Eminent domain is one of the most powerful tools of government. It allows state and local governments to force the sale of private land for anything deemed of public use or benefit. In return, however, the state is required to pay just compensation.

North Carolina is one of 13 states that allow its Department of Transportation to effectively control private property that may be turned into a road. This means that just compensation may take years, or in some cases, decades. Part 2 of our series, The State's Domain, examines what's known as the Map Act.

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Local News
5:34 am
Thu April 9, 2015

The State's Domain, Part 1: A Buyer's Market

Signs for I-85 near Rennea Wilmot's home.
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

A standard real estate deal is based on a simple principle. A willing buyer and a willing seller agree on what both sides see as a fair price.

But there are situations where a buyer can force the sale of property and control almost every step of the purchase. These cases pit private property owners against the state. It's what’s known as eminent domain. 

In The State's Domain, WFAE’s Tom Bullock examines how eminent domain is being used in North Carolina, and the debate those practices have stirred in Raleigh. It's a two-part series. Part one is called The Buyer's Market.

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Sunday Headlines
9:47 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Sun. Headlines: Hearing Tue. on I-77 Suit

The anti-toll group Widen I-77 will get its first day in court Tuesday as it tries to halt plans to widen I-77 north of Charlotte using toll lanes. The group filed suit January 20th, seeking temporary and permanent injunctions to stop the project.

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Local News
4:43 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

NCDOT Says It's Up To Regional Transportation Board To Open Another Lane On I-485

Traffic backs up on I-485 just before 5 p.m. on January 14, 2015. The extra asphalt is on the inner shoulder. It's marked off with orange barrels.
Credit Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

Interstate 485 in south Charlotte is now one lane wider in both directions. But there’s enough new pavement on the highway to open an additional lane on both sides. The North Carolina Department of Transportation says it’s up to a local board to decide whether to open those lanes sooner than was originally planned.  

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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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Local News
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.