Sarah Delia

DNA In Gaston Co. Man's Murder Conviction To Get Updated Test

In May of 2008, a UNCC student was found dead in Mount Holly on the banks of the Catawba River. Twenty-year-old Ira Yarmolenko was found lying beside her car with three bindings around her neck. Mark Carver was convicted of her murder. Although he wasn't present at the Gaston County Courthouse Thursday, his lawyers were there to argue his case.

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Dem. Mayoral Candidates To Debate Saturday; Cooper Vetoes GOP Bills On Elections, Judges

Several progressive and Democratic groups have organized the first candidate forum of Charlotte's upcoming mayoral race . The forum will feature all three of the Democratic candidates who've announced plans to run.

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Here's Why Neighborhood School Advocates May Like New CMS Boundary Plan

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woman at school board meeting
Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer file photo

Those who have worried that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ long-awaited boundary proposal would disrupt their schools and neighborhoods will likely be relieved when Superintendent Ann Clark unveils it Tuesday, two board members say.

But others, who have spent two years pushing for a plan to break up racial and economic isolation in dozens of high-poverty urban schools, are likely to be disappointed.

How Long Can Price's Chicken Coop Hold Out In South End?

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Price's Chicken Coop
Molly Mathis / Charlotte Observer

Drive down Camden Road in South End, and you’ll pass by shiny new office buildings, hip new restaurants and towering, luxury apartments. And in the middle of it all, you’ll also see a squat brick storefront that looks almost exactly like it did in the early 1960s.

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Driving a school bus is important work with a lot of responsibility. Drivers have to get students to and from school, safely and on time. The hours are odd, a lot of patience is required and the pay isn't great. All reasons CMS officials often struggle to fill the positions, especially this year.

Map shows unincorporated areas in Mecklenburg County.
Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County commissioners have voted to terminate a contract with the City of Charlotte for police coverage in the county's unincorporated areas. They hope Tuesday night’s unanimous vote will persuade the city to let Huntersville and other towns police areas outside their town limits.

Sarah Delia

You may wonder whose home you’ve wandered into when visiting a particular corner of the Mint Museum in uptown. A new installation making its Charlotte debut this weekend is a space full of grandma’s old furniture and knickknacks. But there’s a catch: what looks like an inviting and still, livingroom is actually slowly moving toward a path of destruction. WFAE’s Sarah Delia has this story.

Sherry Chisenhall
Marshall Terry / WFAE

It's an uncertain time for the newspaper business. Revenues and newsrooms are shrinking – as the digital revolution expands. The Charlotte Observer has certainly undergone a lot of change. It had a full-time newsroom staff of about 260 just over a decade ago. Now, it’s near 60.  Sherry Chisenhall took over this month as the new executive editor of the Observer. 

"Today, we have to be smarter than ever about what we spend our time doing," Chisenhall says.

She spoke with WFAE's Marshall Terry about the mission of the Observer, the changes it's undergone, and the future of the paper.

A new report from the left-leaning group Democracy North Carolina alleges that former governor Pat McCrory's campaign and the state Republican Party generated "false charges" of voter fraud in last November's election.  In the report released Tuesday, the group says Republicans engaged in a "coordinated legal and publicity crusade to disrupt and potentially corrupt" the election process.

A worker mows Tim Mascara's lawn on Sloan Street in Davidson. Workers wet the grass and wore protective gear because of concern over asbestos.
Courtesy of Tim Mascara

There was a strange sight in Davidson a few weeks ago – workers in white suits mowing lawns. It’s part of a $3 million asbestos cleanup by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at about 20 homes and other properties around an old mill.

NCAA

That speculation over whether the NCAA will bring championship games back to North Carolina has ended. It’s announced which cities will host college championships through 2022.

And yes, North Carolina will host some events.

But if you live in Charlotte, and want to attend one of the new championships you better gas up your car.

Bank of America sign
Jennifer Lang / WFAE

Higher interest rates are helping boost financial results at Bank of America. The bank says profits rose 40 percent in the first three months of the year, compared with a year ago. B of A also saw growth in all its major businesses.

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Charlotte Homicides In 2017 - A Look At The Victims

WFAE is tracking Charlotte’s homicides, and remembering the victims, through this interactive timeline.

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Tim Wharton bristles at being called a "foodie," with its connotation of lush, sumptuous "food porn." He prefers "gastronaut," a label popularized by late British television chef Keith Floyd, for its evocation of intrepid culinary exploration.

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