President Trump speaking at C-PAC in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
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Trump Says Graham One Of Few Who Deserve Capitol Honor

President Donald Trump says the Rev. Billy Graham is among the few people who deserve to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Trump tells an annual gathering of conservative activists that few people are afforded the honor and "it's a big thing."

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President Trump is speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. His comments come amid a debate about gun laws after a shooting a high school in Parkland, Fla. National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre spoke at CPAC on Thursday, warning conservatives of a "socialist agenda" to take firearms from law-abiding citizens. Trump called the NRA and LaPierre "Great American Patriots" in a tweet Thursday morning and later said the organization "is ready to do things" to address the problem of gun violence.

Throughout his career as a preacher, the Rev. Billy Graham's message of faith drew massive crowds of believers to tents, arenas and stadiums. Next week, mourners will have a final opportunity to turn out for Graham.

His casket will lie in honor in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 28, and Thursday, March 1.

Donald Trump addressing VFW National Convention
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President Donald Trump will attend the Rev. Billy Graham’s funeral on March 2, according to a report by WBTV.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

With the new federal tax law, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is going to save a lot of money. The company says it will put the $40 million tax savings and an additional $10 million of other money into community health programs around the state. 

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The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department has released video footage showing a deadly officer-involved shooting from April 2016. It shows officers pleading with a man for more than an hour to put down his gun as police dogs bark and other officers look on with rifles drawn. 

CATS Blue Line light rail extension will open March 16, running from 7th Street Statoin uptown (shown here) to UNC Charlotte.
David Boraks / WFAE

Test trains are running again on the Blue Line light rail extension from uptown to northeast Charlotte, after problems with crossing gates forced a temporary halt Wednesday. Charlotte Area Transit System says the issue won't affect the planned March 16 start of service on the new line.

Flu Deaths Rise To 200 In North Carolina

Feb 22, 2018

Twenty-seven people died of the flu in North Carolina last week, the latest in a particularly deadly flu season that has seen 200 deaths now across the Tar Heel state.

Charlotte Talks: The Life and Legacy of Billy Graham

Feb 22, 2018
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Thursday, February 22, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks, native son of Charlotte, evangelist to millions and religious counselor to Presidents all the way back to Harry Truman, the Reverend Billy Graham has died. Rev. Graham died at his Western North Carolina home Wednesday morning shortly before 8:00 am at the age of 99. Host Mike Collins is joined by religion writers and experts to talk about the life and legacy of Reverend Billy Graham.

Billy Graham Evangelical Association spokesman Mark DeMoss details plans for Graham's funeral at the Billy Graham Library.
Jessa O'Connor / WFAE

Billy Graham’s funeral service will be under a tent – just like the crusades he launched during his nearly six decades of preaching.

Panelists at the Charlotte Talks Public Conversation: Building An Inclusive City. From left: Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, District Attorney Spencer Merriweather, City Manager Marcus Jones and Police Chieff Kerr Putney.
Daniel Coston / WFAE

Charlotte is in a historic moment. Most of the city's top leaders are African American. The question is how they'll shape the city as it responds to economic inequality, crime and growth. WFAE tackled that question Wednesday night in a public conversation titled "Building an Inclusive City."

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FAQ City: Why Don't Some Major Roads In Charlotte Have Streetlights?

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?

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