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No Charges In Keith Scott Shooting

Nov 30, 2016
David Boraks / WFAE

No charges will be brought against Charlotte police officer Brentley Vinson in the September fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Scott. Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray made the announcement at a press conference in which he detailed the shooting and extensive investigation.

The outcome of this year's governor's race in North Carolina remains up-in-the-air as provisional and absentee ballots continue to get counted.  Democrat Roy Cooper is now ahead of Republican incumbent Pat McCrory by just under 5,000 votes. 

But McCrory is suspicious of about 90,000 votes reported late from early voting in Durham County.  While Cooper has declared victory, McCrory has questioned the legitimacy of the vote ever since Election Night.

Peculiar Chimney Rock Fire Perplexes Experts

Nov 13, 2016
Mark Washburn / Charlotte Observer

By Mark Washburn
The Charlotte Observer

No one can remember a wildfire as peculiar as the monster gnawing through the gorge above the village of Chimney Rock.

It burrows beneath swaths cut to contain it. It conjures unforeseen winds from the steep terrain. It dashes erratically this way and that, like a running back punching for open field.

And never mind the frustration of fire managers – it has even spooked the hardy, reclusive mountain coyotes.

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A federal judge has ordered North Carolina to reinstate roughly 3,500 voter registrations that were canceled within the past three months. The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP sued over the cancellations in three counties in the eastern half of the state.

kerr putney
Charlotte Observer

Throughout the week, pressure had been mounting on CMPD to release video of the fatal shooting Keith Scott. Now, there’s a new call that was heard Saturday night in non-violent protests uptown: Release all the video.

Early Saturday evening, CMPD released dashcam and body camera footage of the shooting. The footage included moments immediately before and after the shooting - and leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

Charlotte Fatal Police Shooting Protests Remain Nonviolent Saturday Night

Sep 25, 2016
Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Peaceful protests over a fatal police shooting of a black man continued throughout the day and into the night Saturday in Charlotte, even as police released videos of Tuesday’s fatal encounter.

Meanwhile, early Sunday, the city declared the Panthers game an “extraordinary event” meaning extra security is on the way. The game against the Minnesota Vikings is set for 1 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium; protesters were expected to be at the stadium.

The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina, including opening-weekend men's basketball tournament games, for the coming year due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people. In a news release Monday, the NCAA says the decision by its board of governors came "because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections."

David T. Foster III / Charlotte Observer

One of the mysteries surrounding the shooting death of a deaf man nearly two weeks ago involved the police chase before he died.

Radio traffic of the pursuit indicates the chase of Daniel Harris, 29, reached a speed of 100 mph. Trooper Jermaine Saunders gave a dispatcher an ongoing account of the chase on I-485. He reported speeds of 88, 100, and 90 mph before taking the Rocky River Road exit in Northeast Charlotte.

A judge has ruled that two students and an employee must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at University of North Carolina campuses.

In his ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder also said the plaintiffs have a strong chance of proving the state's bathroom-access measure violates federal law. Schroeder temporarily blocked the University of North Carolina from enforcing the so-called HB2 law as the larger case makes its way to trial in November.

Michael Bitzer
WFAE

This week, we focus on the race for U.S. Senate in North Carolina. Ads in the race began airing this week.  Incumbent Republican Richard Burr is seen as vulnerable in what is a close race. Democrats have made taking back the Senate a priority. WFAE political analyst Michael Bitzer of Catawba College discusses the race.

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