News Desk

Toll opponents protested on the Exit 28 overpass in Cornelius Friday.
Shelley Rigger / WFAE

A citizens' group's legal fight to halt the I-77 toll lane project north of Charlotte is over. The state Supreme Court has dismissed a last-chance appeal of a suit filed in 2015. But a leader of the anti-toll group says he still hopes politicians will cancel the project.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The shooting this Sunday night in Las Vegas has put gun control front and center of many political conversations but we’re also talking about race as the result of President Trump’s comments about the NFL and Charlottesville and the Supreme Court is back in session with cases that could have an impact here.  Mike Collins and political experts give us a political update.

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and its musicians have reached a new contract agreement. The 5-year deal with the American Federation of Musicians Local 342 gives full-time symphony players an 8 percent salary increase over the five years.   The Symphony says the agreement also gives the organization more flexibility with musicians’ work schedules to bring performances to audiences on holidays and Sundays.  The new contract replaces an agreement that expired at the end of August.
 

Longtime NASCAR owner and engine builder Robert Yates has died.  The 74-year-old had been battling liver cancer.   Yates started in auto racing as an engine builder and eventually won 57 Cup races as an owner.  They included three Daytona 500s with drivers such as Davey Allison and Dale Jarrett.  Yates was selected for the NASCAR Hall of Fame earlier this year and will be inducted in January.

In a statement, the Hall of Fame said:

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Another mass shooting. This time Las Vegas. No doubt this will temporarily renew talk about gun control, public safety and mental illness. A conversation about how to make sense of this and what to do about it.

Frank Straub of the Police Foundation of Washington, D.C., talked to Charlotte City Council Monday.
David Boraks / WFAE

A consultant with the Police Foundation told Charlotte City Council Monday night that CMPD properly followed its own policies last year as it responded to violence following the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. But he said CMPD and city officials weren't fully prepared for the protests.

Joseph McGill of Charleston, S.C., runs the Slave Dwelling Project.
Slave Dwelling Project

What would it be like to spend a night seeing life through the eyes of the enslaved? A program this weekend at the President James K. Polk historic site in Pineville will give a few people a chance to stay overnight in slave quarters. It's part of a seven-year quest by Joseph McGill of Charleston, SC. It's called the Slave Dwelling Project, and it aims to preserve slave quarters. McGill talked to WFAE's David Boraks about the project. 

Anticom's banner photo on their Twitter account
via Twitter

A group that expresses white supremacist and neo-Nazi sentiments has called off a march planned for Charlotte in December.  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Jeannette Walls' best-selling memoir The Glass Castle tells the story of her challenging upbringing. It has now been made into a movie. 

police tape
Flickr/Tony Webster

Updated 8:55 a.m.
The number of homicides in Charlotte this year is now 67, the same number as in all of last year. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say the latest killing happened early Thursday in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, off Beatties Ford Road in west Charlotte.

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