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Budget Limbo Means Teachers May Not See Raises Until 2016; Schools Cope With Uncertainty

There are two dates that loom large for parents, teachers, students and administrators in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The first is August 14, the self-imposed deadline for the General Assembly to agree on a state budget. The second, just 10 days later, is the first day of school. Without a set budget, schools have a hard time planning for the academic year and they may have to start cutting programs now just in case. As for the budget negotiations, they're not going so well. At least not yet.
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The federal trial over North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul wraps up Friday in Winston-Salem. The U.S. Justice Department, the North Carolina NAACP and others have built their case against the state over the past three weeks of trial. 

After over a decade in its Uptown location, The Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte is in search of a new home.

2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report

Charlotte’s air quality no longer violates federal standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says ozone readings now meet levels consistent with its 2008 rule. However, the improved rating may not last long.

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Like many 18-year-olds, Cheridan Gowan of Cherryville is going off to college this fall.  She’ even got a full-ride scholarship through her sport.  It’s not basketball, softball, or tennis.  It’s rodeo. She’s headed for Howard College, right in the middle of one of the most competitive parts of the country for rodeo, west Texas.

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North Carolina's attorneys continue their defense of the state's sweeping election overhaul in federal court Thursday morning. On day 12 of the trial Tuesday, they offered expert testimony that the 2013 changes put North Carolina in line with the majority of states. WFAE's Michael Tomsic was in the courtroom in Winston-Salem and joined Marshall Terry to discuss the latest.

Charlotte Observer

Update, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday
Four alternate jurors were seated Wednesday. Opening arguments are scheduled to begin Monday at 9:30 a.m.

Twelve jurors are now seated in the Randall Kerrick trial. Kerrick is on trial for voluntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting two years ago of an unarmed African-American man, 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell. The defense and prosecution started grilling potential jurors early last week, with the 12th juror being seated Tuesday.

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On a recent Thursday in uptown Charlotte, 1,100 Freedom School students unloaded from buses and trooped into the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center to see a matinee performance of “Annie,” the Tony Award-winning musical.

For some, it was their first time attending a Broadway-style show. Reggie Miller of Charlotte was typical.

“I’m excited to see all the action,” said the young African American student. “I’m really looking forward to seeing the dancing. I never saw the movie or the play.”

With the rise of Donald Trump in a series of polls, there is a feeling that he may be pulling down the Republican Party as a

5 Challenges Facing Medicaid At 50

Jul 28, 2015
LBJ Library photo by Unknown

A “sleeper” provision when Congress created Medicare in 1965 to cover health care for seniors, Medicaid now provides coverage to nearly 1 in 4 Americans, at an annual cost of more than $500 billion. Today, it is the workhorse of the U.S. health system, covering nearly half of all births, one-third of children and two-thirds of people in nursing homes.

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A bill making it easier to buy and carry handguns and a measure potentially making it easier to resume the death penalty were passed by the North Carolina Senate Monday night.


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