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Carolina Energy players and dance team members joined coach Ervin Bryson (right) at a press conference Thursday at the Charlotte Chamber.
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Charlotte now has another professional football team -  but it's unlike anything you'd see in the NFL.  The Carolina Energy will begin play next month indoors, in the newly formed American Arena League.

CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox tells legislators that the district needs more money to comply with reduced classroom size legislation.
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The superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is calling for increased security measures at schools across the district in the wake of a mass shooting yesterday in Florida that left 17 people dead.

North Carolina will get a new interstate highway that will stretch between Interstate 40 in Winston-Salem and Interstate 85 in Lexington.

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For some, it’s about racism, and for others it’s about Southern heritage. Mega Confederate flags have been going up on private property near highways in North Carolina. The group that puts them up says it’s in response to Confederate monuments that have come down.

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It was a bit of a Valentine's Day 'downer' on Wednesday, delivered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein. Officials used the day to remind would-be romantics about the dangers of 'Sweetheart Scams.' That’s when criminals use what looks like a romantic interest to set victims up for not only a heartbreak, but also a financial fall. 

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A bipartisan legislative committee is set to begin debate next week on the merits and disadvantages of large school districts. Charlotte-Mecklenburg school officials are closely monitoring this issue, considering that CMS is the state’s second largest system. The topic is not new, but the committee is, and some are concerned that it will lead to legislation to break up large districts.

Charlotte Talks: Lawyers Waging Fight For Democracy

Feb 14, 2018
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Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

American Bar Association president Hilarie Bass is concerned about creeping political influence on the judicial branch of government. She joins guest host Michael Bitzer to discuss challenges facing the judiciary.

The Mecklenburg County Health Department is launching a pilot program that will distribute an HIV prevention drug known as PrEP to some 320 uninsured people around the county.

On Point Host Tom Ashbrook Dismissed

Feb 14, 2018
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Boston University has dismissed on-air host Tom Ashbrook.

Ashbrook, who was the host of WBUR's two-hour show On Point, which is operated by Boston University, had been on leave while two separate investigations took place to determine if he had created a hostile work environment and violated the university's sexual misconduct policy.

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There is a simple, demographic fact in North Carolina politics: women are underrepresented in the General Assembly.

They make up 51.4 percent of the state's population. But hold just a quarter of the seats in North Carolina's House and Senate.

The candidate filing window for the 2018 election season is now open. So too are efforts to break a political glass ceiling.

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