News Desk

Davidson mayoral candidates (from left) Rusty Knox, Laurie Venzon and John Woods debated Wednesday at Davidson College.
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Growth is a key issue in this fall's election in the small town of Davidson, in north Mecklenburg County. The mayor faces two challengers in a race that has been shaped in part by a group called Save Davidson, formed to fight a proposed development.   

When’s the last time you checked your newspaper for a public notice?  Those are ads in the classified section that let you know about things like public hearings or a request for government bids. In North Carolina, local municipalities are required to pay to post them in newspapers. Many state lawmakers like Republican Representative Chuck McGrady say it’s not worth it for taxpayers since, they say, the internet and social media make it easy to spread the word.   

Mark Hames / The Charlotte Observer

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

North Carolina's largest mental health care provider has been accused of misuse of public funds. Mike Collins looks into the controversy, then talks with visually-impaired artists making art.

CMPD is investigating two homicides that happened Tuesday night. The department says officers responding to a robbery call in a business park on Amity Court in east Charlotte around 11:15 p.m found a male victim inside a business with an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. CMPD says its initial investigation has determined at the time of the shooting the victim was in his office when a male suspect entered the business and confronted the victim and a female witness.  

Crystal Hogue / WFAE

The clock has run out on Charlotte's bid for a Major League Soccer team. Supporters said Monday they won't be able to come up with a stadium deal before the league picks two new teams in December. 

Flickr/Stefan Krasowski

Monday, October 23, 2017

U.S. strategy and our legitimate options in dealing with a rogue state like North Korea where a war of words is already underway.

Friday, October 20 2017

On the news roundup, Mike Collins and area reporters cover the week's top stories: Charlotte’s bid to be Amazon’s second headquarters has been submitted.  Early voting starts this week. The county commission reached a deal for CMPD to patrol rural areas around Charlotte.  

Map shows unincorporated areas in Mecklenburg County.
Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte are close to resolving who will provide police coverage in the county's unincorporated areas. Police departments in three towns would take over part of the job, while the county is negotiating a contract with CMPD for the rest. 

NC WARN owns the solar panels it installed on Faith Community Church in Greensboro, and had been selling electricity to the church. But it has stopped the sales, after an order by regulators.
NC WARN

Updated 7:10 p.m.
A North Carolina environmental group is asking the NC Supreme Court to decide whether it's legal for it to install solar panels on a church rooftop, then sell electricity to the church.  NC WARN is appealing a 2-1 ruling against it last month by the NC Court of Appeals.

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Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

Cities and states are preparing to offer incentives for Amazon's second headquarters. It's a strategy the company has used to expand its footprint in the Carolinas and nationwide. Mike Collins looks at how it might play into the headquarters competition.

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