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Mother of Charlotte man killed by CMPD stunt gun says verdict "long time comi...
For Temako McCarthy, the trip to her son's grave site Thursday afternoon took on more significance. "I know his presence was in the courtroom so I just wanted to come out, put the flowers down, and let

Local pastor hopes to ease tensions between African Americans and police
A Charlotte pastor believes he's found a way to ease tensions between police and the African-American community. Pastor Keith Johnson is using social media for a campaign he hopes repairs trust between

North Carolina was ready to offer Toyota $107 million, documents show
North Carolina was prepared to offer Toyota up to $107 million worth of incentives to lure the automaker's North American headquarters to Charlotte, documents obtained by the Observer show. But in April,

Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor
Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had "outright lied" about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict.

Charlotte pastor in the running for president of America?s largest black reli...
His campaign to become the next president of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. has all the trappings of a run for political office: slogans, nonstop travel and speech-making, even a running mate. But

Man jailed for beating and kidnapping pregnant ex-girlfriend
Investigators say a Newport, NC, man has been arrested in Salisbury after beating and kidnapping his pregnant ex-girlfriend. Aaron Dean Brock, 18, was arrested Thursday in Rowan County on warrants from

Girlfriend of man who shot officers, girl speaks out
LaToya Young says Brewer never hurt her or their seven-month-old baby girl that Sunday. She's says she called police because Brewer threatened to hurt himself and she wanted a police escort for him or them.

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Stun gun robberies
CMPD says it hasn't seen anything like it before-- three robberies in eight days by a man using a stun gun. He's a thief who isn't afraid to hurt people who get in his way. "It's

Russia replies to Canada's colorful map tweet
It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military: a map showing Russia and labeling Ukraine as "not Russia."

Former Concord youth pastor sent to prison for molesting boys in his care
A former youth pastor in Charlotte and Concord pleaded guilty today to taking indecent liberties with young boys who were in his care. Judge Erwin Spainhour sentenced Bobby Price to serve an active prison

Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria
President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in...

UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for...

Attempt to call missing jet may alter search area
Shortly after the missing Malaysian airliner disappeared from radar, airline officials on the ground tried repeatedly to call the crew of the Boeing 777 using a satellite phone that might have left clues to the jet's...

Drugs killed Oklahoma inmate in troubled execution
An Oklahoma death row inmate who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack, after...

Supporters trying to raise bail money for man charged in 1985 cold case murder
Arthur Blake, 58, is charged with murder and first degree arson in the death of 42-year-old Tony Baucom, according to Charlotte police.

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Boggs Paving CEO pleads guilty in minority contractor fraud
The head of a prominent Charlotte-area road-building company on Thursday became the sixth defendant to plead guilty to defrauding the state and federal government out of $87 million in highway…Click to Continue »

North Carolina was ready to offer Toyota $107 million, documents show
North Carolina was prepared to offer Toyota up to $107 million worth of incentives to lure the automaker?s North American headquarters to Charlotte, documents obtained by the Observer show.Click to Continue »

Catawba prosecutor to seek death penalty in counselor Maggie Daniels’ killing
The Catawba County district attorney has filed a motion to seek the death penalty against the man accused of killing a Newton-Conover counselor Maggie Daniels. Meanwhile, search warrants reveal new…Click to Continue »

Jury finds CMPD officer liable, awards $500,000 in Taser death
A federal jury decided Thursday that a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer used excessive force in the 2011 death of a man who died after being twice shocked by the officer?s Taser.Click to Continue »

Charlotte Douglas airport audits identify lax oversight
Outside auditors hired by the city found lax oversight at Charlotte Douglas International Airport with missing documentation, a lack of written policies and, in one case, an ambiguously calculated lease…Click to Continue »

NCSU students developing nail polish to detect date rape drugs
Four N.C. State University students have dreamed up a striking way to detect date rape drugs thatís getting some major media buzz. Itís also generating a backlash from people who…Click to Continue »

Nearly 1.5 million in Carolinas to travel for Labor Day
Lower gas prices and warm weather will drive many to the beach and the mountains this holiday weekend.Click to Continue »

McCrory facing pressure to call special session over incentives
Pressure is building for NC Gov. Pat McCrory to call lawmakers back to Raleigh for a special session to pass economic incentives measures aimed at sealing the deal with companies…Click to Continue »

Sarah Parker leaves legacy on Supreme Court
After three decades on the bench, Sarah Parker soon will find herself in an unfamiliar role: No cases to hear, no opinions to write, no court system to run.Click to Continue »

Chiquita shareholders face an intensifying lobbying campaign
Charlotte-based Chiquita is fighting to win approval for its merger with Irish produce company Fyffes, while two Brazilian companies seek to block the deal and push their own buyout offer.Click to Continue »

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Belk sees slight uptick in net income, sales
Belk Inc.?s net income edged upward three-tenths of a percent to $30.6 million in the second fiscal quarter, which ended Aug. 2. That?s up from $30.5 million during the same period last year. Charlotte-based Belk says sales at stores in operation for at least a year grew six-tenths of a percen...

Wooden Robot Brewery signs lease in South End, targets spring opening
Wooden Robot Brewery has found a home in South End. The brewery has signed a lease for 5,700 square feet at 1440 S. Tryon St, Suite 110, in a space that was formerly Marigny Dance Club. The location will house Wooden Robot?s 15-barrel production brew house as well as a 1,500-square-foot tasting...

Duke Energy starts Ohio coal plant closing ahead of schedule
Duke Energy will shut down the last two coal units at its Beckjord Station in New Richmond, Ohio, on Monday. The company says increasingly stringent regulations on power plant emissions have made the six-decade-old coal plant uneconomical. The closing is coming about four months ahead of the or...

E4 Carolinas hires energy entrepreneur to lead the organization
E4 Carolinas has named David Doctor of Duke University?s Energy Initiative as the new president and CEO of the nonprofit, which is coordinating efforts to build an Carolinas energy cluster, with Charlotte at its hub. Doctor, currently director of engagement and administration for the Duke initia...

Microsoft books Kelly Clarkson for October opening at SouthPark
Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) said Thursday that it plans to open its full-line retail store at Charlotte's SouthPark mall on Oct. 18, and the tech giant is offering a chance to meet pop singer Kelly Clarkson as part of the grand-opening weekend. As previously reported, the 2,261-square-foot st...

Economic growth for Q2 revised upward
The U.S. economy rebounded more rapidly than initially reported, according to a revised U.S. Department of Commerce report. USA Today reports gross domestic product grew by 4.2 percent in the second quarter ? better than the 4 percent annual pace first reported by the Commerce Department. Much...

BofA unit in Japan ordered to pay $140M over bad bonds
The Tokyo High Court has ordered the Japanese brokerage unit of Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC) to pay 14.5 billion yen, or about $140 million, to compensate for losses stemming from a 2007 bond transaction, according to Bloomberg. According to the decision this week, which overturned a previo...

Splash from Ice Bucket Challenge trickles down to ALS research centers
Like many things that catch hold on social media, Dr. James Caress learned about the Ice Bucket Challenge from his teenage daughter. The challenge is designed to heighten awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often called ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease. Those challenged face a choice ? ma...

N.C. ranks 10th for jobs in proposed clean-energy projects announced in Q2
North Carolina ranked 10th in the nation for the number of jobs connected to new clean-energy and clean-transportation projects announced in the second quarter, says the advocacy group Environmental Entrepreneurs. The group?s latest quarterly report identifies four projects announced in the stat...

American Girl sets October opening at SouthPark mall
American Girl is scheduled to open its SouthPark mall store on Oct. 11. The 12,000-square-foot store will feature an assortment of the company?s historical and contemporary dolls, and will also sell doll outfits, accessories, American Girl books and girl?s clothing. It also will offer a doll hai...