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From left, Carolina Diaz, Eliana Diaz and Omar Cortes rode the Blue Line in northeast Charlotte on the first day.
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Trains were packed on the Lynx Blue Line Extension Friday morning as the $1.2 billion light rail line opened to the public for the first time. There was lots of pomp and circumstance, including ribbon cuttings, confetti cannons and free "First To Ride" T-shirts.

A Blue Line train approaches 9th Street Station uptown.
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At long last, opening day is here for the $1.2 billion CATS Blue Line Extension. After ceremonies Friday morning, the light rail line from uptown to UNC Charlotte is scheduled to open to the public at 10 a.m.

UNCC live-streamed a safety panel that included UNCC campus Police Chief Jeff Baker, Dean of Students Christine Reed Davis and Student Body President Tracey Allsbrook.
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UNC Charlotte hosted a live-streamed panel this afternoon to discuss campus safety and highlight resources available to students. The discussion followed a sexual assault that occurred Friday night near campus and the removal of a 20-year-old student who had expressed a desire to commit gun violence.

UNC Charlotte's Judy Rose will step down next week as the schools athletic director after 28 years.
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As UNC Charlotte prepares to introduce its new athletics director Mike Hill Tuesday, a conversation with the school’s outgoing athletics director Judy Rose. She’s one of a few women to hold that position at a NCAA Division I school. When she was first offered the job in 1990, she recalls being nervous about it. 

Michael Fleming takes a photo of his NoDa apartment building from the Blue Line light rail train during a test ride Tuesday.
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Updated Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
The Lynx Blue Line extension from uptown to UNC Charlotte opens in just a month. CATS has been running empty trains on the new light rail tracks since January. On Tuesday, a few citizens were the first to try it out, and they're already imagining the possibilities.

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For the last three years, an advisory panel based at UNC Charlotte has helped guide Duke Energy as the company figures out what to do with coal ash. And, during that time, Duke has also contracted with the university to do scientific research on specific coal ash sites.   

Providing research and advice of this nature requires a degree of collaboration. But, when companies turn to universities for hired expertise, challenges and questions about the relationship can arise. Can such collaboration become too cozy?

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Some school districts, like Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, have people come in to talk to students on how to navigate the internet safely. But UNC Charlotte is working on something that they hope is more comprehensive – a cyber safety curriculum.  

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For several years, Duke Energy has faced criticisms about its handling of coal ash, including concerns about contamination of groundwater around coal ash storage ponds at power plant sites in the Carolinas. Now, the company is facing scrutiny over the way it engaged with experts hired to study its handling of coal ash ponds. 

Updated at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5 - CMPD arrested Donny Lewis Franklin on Monday and charged him with murder in the death of Jeannine Skinner.

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For colleges and universities, foreign students add to their students’ global experience, but they are also a major money generator. Many pay cash and all are charged the higher out-of-state tuition fees. The number of foreigners applying to U.S. colleges was on the rise, but since the Trump Administration issued a travel ban on some Muslim countries and tightened up the visa process, many schools have seen a drop in applications, including some in the Charlotte area.