News Desk

Work is nearly complete on the Blue Line's McCullough station on North Tryon Street, near Harris Boulevard.
David Boraks / WFAE

Construction on the Lynx Blue Line Extension is hitting some final milestones.  The last round of paving will begin this week on North Tryon Street next to the light rail line. And don’t be surprised if you start to see trains testing soon.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say they've charged 51-year-old Antonio Gaines for his involvement in a sexual assault that occurred 24 years ago near uptown Charlotte.

Police say the assault took place on April 23, 1993. A woman was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by several men in the 400 block of Caldwell Street. The police department collected and analyzed evidence of the crime, but were unable to identify any suspects.

The CMPD Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit reopened the investigation and re-examined DNA evidence, leading to confirmation of Gaines as a suspect in Jan. 2017.

After Rowdy Meeting, What's Next For Wells Fargo?

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Wells Fargo sign at a bank branch
Flickr / Mike Mozart

Monday, May 1, 2017

The chairman of Wells Fargo's board says a "message of dissatisfaction" was heard loud and clear at the bank's rowdy annual meeting. With that out of the way, what lies ahead for the bank?

Guest host Tom Bullock

NC Legislature

You know it's been a tough week at the General Assembly when this is uttered on the House floor: "Let's do our job. Vote on the bills and get the hell out of here."

That was Republican Representative Gregory Murphy speaking yesterday. Others clearly shared his view.

Police fire tear gas into the protest on Tuesday night
Ely Portillo / Charlotte Observer

Stop me if you've heard this one before. The North Carolina House has passed a bill that is sure to bring controversy.

This measure shields drivers who hit protesters from lawsuits. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney speaks at a press conference on April 27, 2017. Putney addressed the use of force shown in bodycam footage from a March 2016 arrest.
Molly Mathis / Charlotte Observer

CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney says he will not defend the actions of a police officer who tackled a suspect, pressed a gun to his head, and said "I will kill you," while making an arrest last year. Still, Putney says the officer's actions were legal.

The student assignment proposal is drawing lots of comments from CMS parents. Many of them from the city's south side. Eric Davis, who represents that area, says that's because, under the plan, his district would do the heavy-lifting. Pairing two sets of elementary schools in his district has generated the most comments. He said on WFAE's Charlotte Talks Thursday people are worried about their property values falling and sending their children to schools that now struggle.    

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The CMS student assignment plan was unveiled by Superintendent Ann Clark this week. How well does it address the desire for neighborhood schools and the need to diversify the system? We take an in-depth look with education reporters and school board members. 

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On Monday, Judge Douglas McCullough of the North Carolina Court of Appeals resigned his seat.  Some 36 days before he turned 72, which is the mandatory retirement age of the court.  The reason, McCullough says was simple. "I retired at that time because I did not want my legacy to the court to be the elimination of my seat and the impairment of the court."

Duke imploded its retired Sutton coal-fired plant in 2016.
Duke Energy

President Donald Trump wants to revive the coal industry and bring back coal jobs. But big coal buyers like Duke Energy are moving in the opposite direction. Duke's annual sustainability report calls for continuing to invest in cleaner energy sources, like natural gas and solar power. 

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