Episode 4: Whiplash

An Investigative Podcast On Sexual Assault

Writer and poet Jaki Shelton Green has been named North Carolina's ninth poet laureate. She's the first black woman to receive the honor. Green replaces Shelby Stephenson, who has been poet laureate since 2015.

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Mecklenburg County now has new electoral districts for superior and district court judges, after the House completed an override of Governor Roy Cooper’s veto Wednesday. The measure redraws superior court election districts to address population imbalances in the previous districts that Republican lawmakers call unconstitutional. District court judges will no longer be elected countywide.

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Police in Charlotte are investigating after a jogger discovered a man's body in east Charlotte early Thursday morning.

The body was found on the 1900 block of Milton Road. Police have not released the man's identity, nor the manner in which he died, though the death is being investigated as a homicide.

She Says listeners left WFAE voicemails about why they did or did not report a sexual assault to police, and if they felt that authorities believed their account of events. Here's a sampling of what they had to say. 

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The season is over for Charlotte's startup indoor football team, the Carolina Energy. On Saturday, they lost a playoff game to the league-leading Richmond Roughriders, 57-43, in Richmond. 

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President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end his controversial policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans.

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The North Carolina House is expected to take up two overrides of Governor Roy Cooper's vetoes today.

The Conversation: 9 Essential Reads On The Supreme Court And Gerrymandering

Jun 20, 2018

On June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court kicked a closely watched case on gerrymandering back to the lower court.

Gerrymandering – where states are carved up into oddly shaped electoral districts favoring one political party over another – has ignited debates in a number of states, including North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

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President Trump will be in South Carolina next Monday campaigning for Governor Henry McMaster's bid for a full term.

Workers build concrete barriers along I-77 north of Charlotte, as part of the I-77 Express Lanes project.
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State legislation to fund a possible buyout or changes to the North Carolina Department of Transportation's I-77 toll lane project near Charlotte has died. That's according to state Sen. Jeff Tarte (R-Cornelius), who wrote a key amendment to provide the funding.  

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