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Congress OKs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open
Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives...

US appeals court: Marathon bombing trial can stay in Boston
The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

Non-discrimination ordinance causing passionate debate
Charlotte's plan to protect more people from discrimination is causing a major debate across the city.Monday night, city council members will vote on an ordinance, aimed at stopping discrimination based on people's sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and marital or family status.

Fire chief retires after discipline over social media post
Dulin was placed on administrative leave five days before the department announced his retirement after concerns were raised about a post on his social media account.

Diorio: Mecklenburg County finances ?strong,? no tax increase expected
Forecasts for the coming fiscal year continue to be promising, with property tax revenues projected to be 1.5 percent over the current year and sales tax collections 4 percent more than 2015, Finance Director Wanda Reeves told commissioners.

Horsepower reduction not slowing NASCAR speeds at Atlanta
Sunday's Folds of Honor 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is the first race this season to see the new Sprint Cup series rules intended to reduce horsepower and downforce in hopes of producing better racing.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford: Hype associated with Lance Stephenson signing w...
Circled by media from Boston and some national outlets, Clifford said the first problem was totally unrealistic expectations from fans and media when Stephenson signed with the Hornets.

School nurse supervisor accused of murder-for-hire released on bond
After her court appearance, Davis was released from jail on house arrest where she is required to wear a GPS monitoring device. 

Innervision provides needed training through CIAA food vendors
Innervision helps those who are dealing with mental illness and alcohol and drug addiction. The mission is to get them back on their feet. The $500 collected will go for training that is needed.

Man dead, another arrested after shooting near uptown Charlotte
Police arrested 18-year-old Alphonzo Jeeter and charged him with murder in the death of 23-year-old Jeremy Young. 

CIAA graduates use party to help their alma mater
Graduates from Virginia State University have started an annual day party at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). More than 2,000 people paid to attend. Proceeds will go to scholarships and other financial needs of the university.

UNC students protest tuition increase, centers closing
Before the vote, those opposed were concerned about how the hike will affect students and families. Those who supported the increase said it's necessary for the state colleges to remain competitive and retain professors and staff.

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Wednesday snow could fall heavily, quickly on Charlotte area
The wintry blast that forecasters say will again dump snow on the Charlotte-metro area is expected to start as rain Wednesday evening before turning into a heavy band of snow…Click to Continue »

Mecklenburg school nurse supervisor arrested in murder-for-hire plot
A Mecklenburg County school nurse supervisor accused of trying to hire someone to kill her ex-husband was arrested Tuesday, according to federal criminal complaint.Click to Continue »

As basketball begins in earnest at CIAA, so do the star-studded events
Everything from cooking demonstrations to concerts and dances to the crowning of Miss CIAA 2015 are on the schedule through Saturday for the tournament?s 10th straight year in Charlotte.Click to Continue »

Phone message campaign against LGBT proposal raises bathroom issue
A conservative policy group is charging in phone messages to thousands of Charlotteans that “dangerous policy change” would allow men to go into women’s bathrooms and vice versa.Click to Continue »

NC Senate panel OKs bill allowing opt-out on marriage duties
A state Senate committee approved a bill allowing magistrates to opt out of performing marriages if they have religious objections to gay unions.Click to Continue »

CIAA commissioner to Charlotte business owners: Let’s work together
CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams on Tuesday discussed how minority-owned and small businesses can help the conference when it moves its headquarters to Charlotte this summer.Click to Continue »

Charlotte’s Elevation Church expanding to University City site
Starting March 21, the Charlotte megachurch ? one of the fastest-growing churches in America ? will begin holding worship services in a 38,000-square-foot facility at Innovation Park that will seat…Click to Continue »

CMPD: 2 officers injured in I-485 accident
The injuries were non-life-threatening. Numerous accidents have been reported in the area Tuesday.Click to Continue »

Police: 3 dead in north Charlotte homicide
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police found three people dead inside a home in north Charlotte late Tuesday.Click to Continue »

CMPD charges teen in triple homicide
1 of the victims was reportedly a contestant on ?America?s Next Top Model,? multiple media outlets were reporting. The suspect was also one of three people charged in a Matthews…Click to Continue »

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Defense contractor closes Shelby plant, cuts 70 jobs
Ultra Machine & Fabrication Inc. and Ultra Armoring is shuttering a plant in Shelby, putting 70 employees out of work effective Friday. The company submitted a worker notification filing with N.C. Commerce Department on Wednesday and told employees on Thursday that their jobs would be eliminated...

Nine Charlotte apartment properties acquired in $274 million deal
Cortland Partners, a real estate investment firm based in Atlanta, has acquired nine Charlotte apartment complexes totaling 3,265 units for $273.9 million. The acquisition, which closed this month, included eight properties sold by McDowell Properties, a multifamily company based in Dallas, and ...

Will Carolinas HealthCare, UnitedHealthcare strike last-minute contract deal?
Without a last-minute deal, the contract between Carolinas HealthCare System and UnitedHealthcare will expire at midnight on Saturday. That means unless a deal is reached, Carolinas HealthCare facilities ? including its hospitals and physicians practices ? will no longer be considered in-network...

Craft-beer distributor launches in Charlotte, Triad
Responding to the growing demand for craft beer in the Triad and Charlotte markets it serves, Greensboro-based Caffey Distributing Co. has launched Craft Central, a new division devoted to craft beer distribution. Chris Caffey, president and CEO of Caffey Distributing and Carolina Premium Bevera...

Loss on REIT stake hampers Extended Stay's Q4 results
Extended Stay America Inc. (NYSE:STAY) posted a net loss of $58.3 million for its common shareholders in the fourth quarter, compared with a loss of $10.9 million in the same period a year earlier. However, the most recent quarter's figure includes an $86.3 million loss the company incurred on i...

Regulators approve Piedmont Natural Gas rate cut
Regulators in North Carolina and South Carolina will let Piedmont Natural Gas cut its benchmark price for natural gas, effective Sunday, with the move expected to save typical residential customers in the Carolinas an average of $10 to $12 on their March bill. With gas commodity prices dropping ...

NoDa site targeted for mixed-use development
Crescent Communities has filed a rezoning petition to allow for the development of a mixed-use project on nearly 7 acres in Charlotte's NoDa neighborhood, at the intersection of the proposed Lynx Blue Line extension and East 36th Street. The project would include residential and commercial uses,...

?Claws? exhibit unveiled at Concord aquarium (PHOTOS) (Video)
Claws, an exhibit at the Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium, opened today, showcasing a variety of crustaceans. Japanese spider crabs, fiddler crabs and peacock mantis shrimp are included in the exhibit. The highlight of the display is an exhibit of Japanese spider crabs, which can grow up to ...

Monroe manufacturer to add 67 jobs, invest $29 million
Scott Technologies Inc. is spending $28.7 million to add new machinery and 67 jobs to its Scott Safety headquarters in Monroe. The additional jobs boost the work force at the Union County manufacturing facility to 582. The new jobs and investment, some of which will go toward improving the plant...

Charlotte's Food Babe hits New York Times' Best Sellers list
Food activist and blogger Vani Hari, better known as the Food Babe, has released her first book ? and promptly landed on The New York Times' Best Sellers list. The Food Babe Way, published by Little, Brown & Co., hit shelves on Feb. 10 and is already in its second week on the Best Sellers list. ...