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A grappler tears into bricks and metal at Duke Energy's retired Riverbend Steam Station in Mount Holly.
David Boraks / WFAE

A big transformation is happening at Duke Energy's retired Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake northwest of Charlotte. The 1920s powerhouse is being demolished, wall-by-wall. And trains are hauling away coal ash that had been dumped behind the plant for about 90 years. 

Lisa Worf

Republican leaders of the General Assembly say they have reached a deal to give school districts statewide more time to reduce class sizes for kindergarten through third grades.

The proposal, which still needs approval, also includes more money to keep art, music and physical education teachers in the classroom.

All this is good news for North Carolina's public schools.  

But it comes with some controversial political strings attached.

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET

U.S. stock markets fell sharply Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrial average tumbling 1,033 points, or 4 percent, to 23,860.

Other major stock indexes also dropped Thursday. The S&P 500 fell 101 points, or 3.8 percent, and the Nasdaq index fell 275 points, or 3.9 percent.

With the latest drops, both the Dow and the broader S&P 500 are down more than 10 percent from their peaks on Jan. 26, which constitutes a market correction.

Mayor Vi Lyles on Charlotte Talks for "Mike and the Mayor."
Erin Keever / WFAE

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles says she's worried that the city's income diversity will be hurt if it continues to lose affordable housing units and doesn't improve its bus system.

Carolinas HealthCare Systems, which will change its name to Atrium Health, has announced a plan to expand into Georgia.
Carolinas HealthCare Systems

  

One day after Carolinas HealthCare System changed its name to Atrium Health to avoid ties to a specific region, the hospital announced it is exploring an expansion into Georgia. Atrium said Navicent Health, which is based in Macon, will become part of its health care system.

Erin Keever / WFAE

Thursday, February 8, 2018

On this edition of Charlotte Talks, we start something new:  Monthly conversations with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles on the most important issues facing the city,  like affordable housing, domestic violence, and growth

U.S. Olympic Committee

Cue the music. It's time for the games.

Though the opening ceremony is still a day away, the first rounds of the 2018 Winter Olympics have begun in Pyeongchang, South Korea. And a small contingent of North Carolinians will be there competing for team USA.

Two years ago David Lewis bragged about his own partisan efforts to elect fellow Republicans.  Now the state representative from Harnett County is angry and says Democrats are doing the same thing. But in a fiery speech Wednesday to make that point, Lewis fell into an age-old trap of contradictions.

Jeff Athey was fired from his job as a Davidson County Sheriff's Department after being arrested and charged with robbery.
Rowan County Sheriff's Department

A Davidson County sheriff's deputy was arrested after being accused of robbing a bank in neighboring Rowan County Tuesday afternoon.  Jeff Athey is charged with robbery with dangerous weapons. 

Carolinas Healthcare System has a new name - Atrium Health.
Atrium Health

Carolinas HealthCare System is changing its name to Atrium Health. The healthcare system announced the change Wednesday and said the new name won’t limit it to the Carolinas.

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