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President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. 

Ryan Gustman

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 

Finding adequate health care in rural North Carolina is a challenge.  Twenty counties don’t have a pediatrician.  Twenty-six don’t have an OBGYN.  Psychiatrists are MIA in 32 North Carolina counties and to make matters worse, many hospitals in rural areas are closing their doors due in large part to the lack of proper Medicaid coverage for the working poor. Mike sits down with those who are working to solve our state's rural health care crisis.

Alex Olgin / WFAE

Two men in very different situations were just a few blocks from each other Monday talking about the same organization – Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. The former CEO who was pushed out during a state takeover of the behavioral health care organization late last year, was arguing in court that takeover was illegal. Last weekend, the state returned control of Cardinal to a new board of directors and CEO. That man is leading the organization that serves 20 counties through a culture change. One that he says will be transparent and put patients first.

Craig Huntly Collection.

During World War II, the pilots who became known as the Tuskegee Airmen were the first black enlisted men to serve as military pilots in the U.S. armed forces. The U.S. Army Air Corp created the segregated flight training program after the NAACP sued the military in an attempt to integrate the corps.

Ultimately, more than 900 pilots served with the Tuskegee units including more than 350 Airmen who served overseas during WWII. The fliers, nicknamed “Red Tails,” or “Red-Tail Angels," earned a reputation for successfully protecting U.S. bombers from German fighter aircraft. 

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

If you've ever had to make a big move in your life, you can probably relate on some level to WFAE listener Julianne Wooten. She moved to Charlotte two and a half years ago from Austin, Texas, and upon arriving here, realized she couldn't find one of her favorite dishes.

David Boraks

Test runs along the 9.3 mile extension of the Lynx Blue Line between uptown and UNC Charlotte are going well, according to Charlotte Area Transit System officials.

 

Rev. Chris Ayers of Wedgewood Church addressed the crowd at Monday's vigil.
David Boraks / WFAE

Clergy, activists and churchgoers gathered in a show of support at Wedgewood Church Monday after an anti-gay slur was painted on the church's rainbow-colored front door last week. It was the seventh act of vandalism in seven years at the church, which reports half its congregation is LGBT. 

Flickr/Daniel Lobo

Monday, January 29, 2018

CATS CEO John Lewis shares his "big-idea" plans for the future. Rail to Matthews, Lake Norman and the Airport. Why we need it and how he can get it done.

A three-judge panel has refused a request by North Carolina Republican lawmakers to block the use of new legislative district maps the judges approved for this year's elections.

North Carolina's Supreme Court on Friday declared unconstitutional a law forcing the governor to pick state elections board members from names the political parties select. Judges said the law makes Cooper unable to fulfill his duties to make sure election laws are followed. 

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