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Friday, February 16, 2018

After this week's deadly shooting at a school in Florida, local officials are talking about the need for better security at our local schools. We'll talk about what was said. At least 45 people were arrested in Charlotte this week in a “coordinated takedown” of violent offenders.  We get into who was arrested and why it happened now.  Election filing opens. Details on who’s running and the races to watch.  Mike Collins and the roundup reporters go through those stories and more on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup. 

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Updated 12:11 p.m.
The final report is out from an independent review of CMPD's handling of the September 2016 protests following the police killing of Keith Scott. The main finding by the Police Foundation of Washington, D.C., doesn’t vary much from its draft report released last fall – that CMPD "acted appropriately" and according to its policies as it responded to a week of demonstrations uptown.

Joshua Artis uses dockless bikes now instead of walking or taking the bus. It's more convenient, he says.s
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There's a colorful addition to Charlotte's urban landscape. Since November, hundreds of orange, green and yellow rental bicycles have appeared on uptown streets and neighborhood sidewalks. They can be picked up and left anywhere - a feature that makes them both welcome and despised.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Irwin Carmichael is canceling a gun raffle that was slated for this weekend after Wednesday's mass shooting in Florida that claimed 17 lives.

In an email to the media, Carmichael said the raffle "would not serve to advance the values close to my heart or the principles of my office."

FILE: Charlotte hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2012.
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The city of Charlotte is looking into the possibility of hosting the 2020 Republican National Convention.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Human error is likely the cause of a collision between an Amtrak train and a freight train in South Carolina that killed two people and injured dozens of others earlier this month, according to a preliminary report by federal investigators.

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein.

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein is requesting more information on the merger of Atrium Health, formerly known as Carolinas Healthcare System, and UNC Health Care.

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.