Erin Keever

WFAE's Public Conversation On Building An Inclusive City

We are in a unique moment: Many of Charlotte’s top leaders are African-American. We talk with some of them - Mayor Vi Lyles, Police Chief Kerr Putney, DA Spencer Merriweather, and City Manager Marcus Jones in a special WFAE Public Conversation - "Building An Inclusive City."

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FAQ City: Community-Powered Stories

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

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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Billy Graham died Wednesday at age 99. And as we look at his legacy a recurring question is this: Who is the next Billy Graham? It's a question that Bill Martin hears often as the author of a biography on Graham called “A Prophet With Honor.”

“It's not any one person, but these tens of thousands of preachers trained by organizations,” says Martin.  

That organization is the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Leighton Ford is a former vice president of that organization. He's also a brother-in-law to Billy Graham.

As news spread early yesterday morning that Evangelist preacher Billy Graham died at his home in Montreat, both the faithful and followers of Graham reflected on the Charlotte-born preacher’s genuine nature and charm. 

A worker installs a section of pipe along the 600 mile route.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Duke Energy says the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline is on track to open in late 2019, even though it's still awaiting final state and federal approvals. But CEO Lynn Good said delays and more stringent conditions from regulators have pushed the project's price tag up - to between $6 billion and $6.5 billion.

A federal jury convicted 59-year-old Charlotte resident Jose Antonio Hendricks of possession, receipt and transportation of child pornography, following a two-day trial. The charges for transportation and receipt of child pornography carry a sentence of five to 20 years, and the charges for possessing and accessing child pornography carry a maximum sentence of 20 years. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Marty Hurney
Panthers.com

The Carolina Panthers announced today that they have re-hired Marty Hurney as their full-time general manager after briefly putting him on leave while the NFL investigated misconduct claims. Hurney has served as the team’s interim general manager since July 2017 following the departure of Dave Gettleman.

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

As WFAE continues to report on the passing of Rev. Billy Graham, we want to include your voices and your questions in an upcoming story. Here's how:

  • Leave us a voicemail by calling (980) 224-3113. Start by telling us your name (or if you'd prefer to remain anonymous) and what town you live in. we want to include your voice and your thoughts. And then tell us your reaction to Rev. Billy Graham's death and what, if at all, he meant to you.

 

ABC Sports

If you're a sports fan of a certain age, you probably know Andrea Kirby's voice. From her roots in Alabama, she became a pioneering woman in sports broadcasting, reporting from around the globe on ABC's "Wide World of Sports" in the '70s. From there, she changed jobs to become a media coach for athletes and coaches, becoming known in some circles as "the athlete whisperer." In this episode of SouthBound, she tells stories from both sides of the camera.

Henry Cronenberg / New Hanover County Public Library

One of the most difficult chapters in North Carolina’s history is getting some more recognition. On November 10, 1898, white supremacists backed by the Democratic party murdered dozens of black residents in the streets of Wilmington and overthrew the local Republican government in a coup. It’s known as the Wilmington Race Riot and it helped to usher in Jim Crow laws across the state.

Michael Fleming takes a photo of his NoDa apartment building from the Blue Line light rail train during a test ride Tuesday.
David Boraks / WFAE

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.

Gwendolyn Glenn

North Carolina has seen several efforts to take partisanship out of redistricting.  The latest appeal comes from two Mecklenburg County residents – District 92 Democratic State Representative Chaz Beasley and Republican Charles Jeter who used to represent that same district.

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