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Updated Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

Forty-five people have been arrested in the Charlotte area over the past two days in what officials are calling a "coordinated takedown" of violent offenders.

North Carolina Legislative building
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The North Carolina General Assembly is officially on hiatus for the next three months, as long as the courts or a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper doesn't force them back.

Democrat Joyce Waddell (right) and other state legislators from Mecklenburg County were among the first to register Monday for as candidate filing opened for the 2018 elections.
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Ten incumbent state legislators from the Charlotte area were among the first to file Monday as candidates began signing up for the 2018 election. Other races on the ballot this year include Congress, district attorney, county commission and other county positions.

The Ellen Degeneres Show

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres surprised a Concord teacher on her show Monday.   Emily Francis, who teaches English as a Second Language at Irvin Elementary, received a check for $100,000 to go toward her school’s backpack program.  That program sends food home with needy students.   

Charlotte Talks: North Carolina Education Update

Feb 13, 2018
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks, with the school year near the halfway point, we get an update on some of the key challenges facing CMS.  Mike sits down with a panel of reporters to follow up on some of the issues facing schools in the area

Union County commissioners have voted to suspend the county's membership in the Charlotte Regional Partnership, which helps recruit jobs to the Charlotte area.

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

Here's a riddle: Imagine two roads in Charlotte, one in the north, one in the south. Both have four lanes and plenty of rush hour traffic, but one has streetlights while the other doesn't. Seem weird?

Mecklenburg District Attorney Spencer Merriweather (right) and lawyer Benjamin Crump field questions at a forum hosted by the Mecklenburg County chapter of the NAACP.
Lisa Worf / WFAE

Two attorneys who are used to being on different sides of the courtroom shard a stage Monday night: Mecklenburg County’s first black District Attorney Spencer Merriweather and Benjamin Crump, a lawyer who has represented families of victims in a number of highly-publicized killings of African Americans. The forum was hosted by the Mecklenburg County chapter of the NAACP. There was some disagreement, but the two had several areas of common ground. 

Democrat Dan McCready surrounded by family and supporters as he prepares to file to run for the 9th District Congressional seat
Gwendolyn Glenn / WFAE

North Carolina candidates began filing Monday to run for Congress, the state legislature, district attorney and county positions. The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections was packed with candidates and their supporters before the start of filing at noon.

Valdese has bought 302 acres along Lake Rhodhiss for a new park.
Foothills Conservancy

The town of Valdese in Burke County has acquired 302 acres along Lake Rhodhiss and McGalliard Creek for a new public park. The $1.3 million purchase was funded by private donations and a grant from the state’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund. It came came after 2½ years of planning and fundraising by the Foothills Conservancy.

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