Concord Woman Strikes Gold In Thrift Store
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Fri August 24, 2012

Concord Woman Strikes Gold In Thrift Store

A Concord woman struck gold in a thrift store after buying a $10 painting that's been valued at upwards of $20,000.

Beth Feeback found the painting at a Goodwill store near Greensboro and only wanted it for the canvas. She planned to paint over it with her own artwork.

"I paint kind of oddball stuff," Feeback says. "I'll like paint a cat head over Jesus' face on some kind of dollar store iconography painting and then, you know, Jesus is a cat, which is kind of fun."

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Charlotte Area May Get Seven New Charter Schools
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Area May Get Seven New Charter Schools

The number of charter schools in the Charlotte area is about to jump. The state's charter advisory council recommended approving seven new schools in the area for the fall of 2013. The state board of education is likely to give those schools the green light.

Charter schools get tax money, but don't answer to public school districts. The Charlotte area already has more than fifteen, serving upwards of 10,000 kids.

Four new charter schools proposed for Mecklenburg County would focus on serving at-risk students, mainly in west Charlotte.

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NC Regulators Summon Ousted Duke CEO Johnson To
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

NC Regulators Summon Ousted Duke CEO Johnson To Tell His Side

North Carolina utility regulators have ordered former Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson to give his side of the ongoing saga over his sudden ouster.

Earlier this week, Duke CEO Jim Rogers testified a "lack of confidence" in Johnson's leadership skills led the board of the newly-merged companies to fire the Progress CEO rather than making him head of the company.

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Local Labor Leaders Upset By Parade Route, Plan To
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Local Labor Leaders Upset By Parade Route, Plan To Protest DNC

Charlotte-Based C-130 Crashes In South Dakota
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte-Based C-130 Crashes In South Dakota

A Charlotte-based Air National Guard plane crashed Sunday night while on a wildfire-fighting mission in South Dakota, killing some crew members.

"Obviously there were casualties, lives were lost and there were injuries. We're grateful for survivors. Our thoughts and prayers to out to the families who have lost loved ones," said Lt. Col. Robert Carver, a spokesman for the North Carolina Air National Guard.

Carver did not release names of victims, but Lt. Col. Paul Mikeal of Mooresville was killed in the crash, family members told the Charlotte Observer.

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City Budget Still Up In The Air
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

City Budget Still Up In The Air

The Charlotte City Council will take another stab at passing a budget and infrastructure plan tonight, but as of this afternoon, they're still sharply divided on how much to raise property taxes.

WFAE's Julie Rose is at City Hall and joins WFAE's Mark Rumsey by phone.

MARK: Julie, what's the status of that 8 percent tax increase the council rejected two weeks ago?

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Proposed National Wildlife Refuge Could Protect
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Proposed National Wildlife Refuge Could Protect Appalachian Bogs

Service biologist Sue Cameron makes her way through a southern Appalachian bog May 2010

Service biologist Sue Cameron makes her way through a southern Appalachian bog May 2010 Photo: Gary Peeples/USFWS
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to protect 23,000 acres in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.

Agency biologist Gary Peeples says the area's bogs are home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the region. He says many plants have found ways to adapt to the poor soil of the bogs like the carnivorous pitcher plants that lure insects into their trumpet-shaped tube.

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DNC Schedules Open House At Bobcats' Arena
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Fri August 24, 2012

DNC Schedules Open House At Bobcats' Arena

Reporters got a preview Wednesday of the arena as workers prepare for the DNC. Photo: Greg Collard

Reporters got a preview Wednesday of the arena as workers prepare for the DNC. Photo: Greg Collard

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Checking In On The Long Shot Rookie
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Fri August 24, 2012

Checking In On The Long Shot Rookie

Brenton Bersin played at Charlotte Latin and at Wofford College. Now he’s trying to make the Carolina Panthers’ final 53-man

Brenton Bersin played at Charlotte Latin and at Wofford College. Now he's trying to make the Carolina Panthers' final 53-man roster. Photo: Tanner Latham

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Charlotte Observer: A Show Of Solidarity In The
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Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Observer: A Show Of Solidarity In The Right To Worship

CMPD Police Chief Rodney Monroe sits with the male worshippers as he prepares to speak at Sunday's Open House. To left of him is

CMPD Police Chief Rodney Monroe sits with the male worshippers as he prepares to speak at Sunday's Open House. To left of him is CMPD Lieutenant J.M. Wright and to right of him is Dr. Surendrapal Singh Mac.The Gurdwara Sahib Charlotte Sikh temple held an open house Sunday August 12, 2012, inviting the public to stop by to see who Sikhs are and what they believe in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Wisconsin. CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe stopped in to speak at the open house. Photo: DIEDRA LAIRD

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