'We Are Not Nation-Building Again,' Trump Says While Unveiling Afghanistan Strategy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FV-E-u6-Cs Updated at 9:45 p.m. ET President Trump declared that a hasty withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan "would create a vacuum" and that America is "not nation-building again; we are killing terrorists." In a nationally broadcast address from Fort Myer in Virginia, Trump said he shares the American people's "frustration" with the long-running war in Afghanistan and that his "original instinct was to pull out." But he said the security threats the U...

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President Trump addressed the nation Monday night about U.S. engagement and "the path forward" in Afghanistan. Senior U.S. officials tell NPR that the president is expected to order about 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. The decision follows months of deliberation within the Trump Administration, involving top military commanders, political advisers and even enlisted veterans of the nearly 16-year war. NPR journalists offer context and analysis about the President's remarks.

Charlotte School of Law entrance
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Charlotte School of Law has closed, but it appears eight students will still graduate this month. That has the blessing of its state licensor, the UNC Board of Governors. 

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The new legislative district maps are out. Over the weekend, a joint legislative redistricting committee released its proposals for new state house and senate districts. So what's changed?

The short answer is not much, at least in the Charlotte area.

This round of court-ordered redistricting to fix 28 illegally racially-gerrymandered districts didn't lead to broad changes in the boundaries in and around Charlotte, even though five of the districts in question are in Mecklenburg County.

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Last year retired Florida couple Chap and Bonnie Percival set out on an epic road trip: they drove the path of totality of the next solar eclipse. One of their stops was Charlotte which is very near but not quite in the path of totality. Listeners in Charlotte can expect to experience the partial solar eclipse around 2:41 p.m. today.

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Republicans in the North Carolina House on Saturday released a first look at their plan for redrawing district boundaries, as ordered by federal judges.

Jerry Lewis
The Jerry Lewis Show

  Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91.

Publicist Candi Cazau says Lewis died Sunday morning of natural causes at age 91 in Las Vegas with his family by his side.

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 Updated August 20, 2017 9:26 a.m 

Dick Gregory, the comedian and civil rights crusader, died Saturday. He was 84.

His family announced the news on his public Facebook page.

Several hundred people joined a Charlotte Uprising vigil Saturday night uptown.
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  Several hundred people gathered in uptown's Marshall Park Saturday night for a peaceful vigil following last weekend's unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Organized by the group Charlotte Uprising, it drew a diverse crowd of white, black, Asian, Latino and LGBT people. 

The Knights are the Caballeros this weekend. Posing after the first ball was thrown out were Rocio Gonzalez of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce; catcher Rob Brantley;  Jim Huffman, who was there with the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation c
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  BB&T Ballpark had a different feel Friday night, as Latin music and Spanish language announcements played over the PA system. The Charlotte Knights became the Charlotte Caballeros for the weekend as the team tries to build a following in the Hispanic community. 

Alevo CEO Jostein Eikeland unveiled the company's plans for the old Philip Morris plant in October 2014.
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An industrial battery company that took over the former Philip Morris plant in Concord three years ago is going out of business. Nearly 300 people are losing their jobs.

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Harvest Baker Tomato Slab Pie
Excerpted from The Harvest Baker © by Ken Haedrich, photo © Johnny Autry, used with permission from Storey Publishing.

Has an avalanche of tomatoes, squash, berries, or beets landed in your kitchen?

Never fear, Ken Haedrich is here to help. He has a new book, The Harvest Baker: 150 Sweet and Savory Recipes Celebrating the Fresh-Picked Flavors of Fruits, Herbs and Vegetables. Even better, he’ll be visiting Charlotte on August 22 and will help you solve your persistent pie problems. 

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