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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.

Michael Bethea / WFAE

What started as speculation over House Bill 2 has now become fact. The 2017 NBA All Star Game will not be played in Charlotte.

Brian Gersten

In the days before the internet or phones, one of the ways some people communicated with neighbors in rural areas was hollerin.' It's a form of communication that has become obsolete. For nearly 50 years, though, the tradition was kept alive with the annual National Hollerin' Contest in Sampson County in eastern North Carolina. But now the hollerin' has come to an end. Organizers this summer ended the contest, citing a lack of interest among younger generations. To find out more about the art of hollerin, we reached out to arguably its biggest star, Iris Turner of Fayetteville. Tuner won the Ladies Hollerin' Competition in 1977 and appeared on Johnny Carson and the Gong Show.

Gwendolyn Glenn

The murder trial is underway of an alleged gang member, accused of fatally shooting a city councilman in Chester, South Carolina. The shooting put a spotlight on Chester as a small town with a large gang problem.

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As backlash against House Bill 2 continues to mount, Governor Pat McCrory appeared on NBC’s Meet The Press Sunday in his second interview since signing the new controversial law.

Speaking to NBC’s Chuck Todd, McCrory said he didn’t believe it was up to the government to decide bathroom or non-discrimination policies for private businesses, and said the Charlotte city council had overreached when it passed the city’s non-discrimination ordinance in February.