Driver says he was billed, forced into the express lanes on I-77 after accident

More people are calling WBTV for help, after they say they were forced to use the I-77 express lanes and charged.

  Last-ditch virus aid talks collapse; no help for jobless now

A breakdown in the talks would put at risk more than $100 billion to help reopen schools, a fresh round of $1,200 direct payments to most people and hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments to help them avoid furloughing workers and cutting services as tax revenues shrivel.
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  Macron promises help, Beirut residents vent fury at leaders

Lebanese officials targeted in the investigation of the massive blast that tore through Beirut sought to shift blame for the presence of explosives at the city’s port, and the visiting French president warned Thursday that without serious reforms the country would “continue to sink.”

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  Inside look: Changes for Union County Public Schools as it welcomes students, staff back for in-person learning

CMPD issues more citations to businesses for violating COVID-19 or ABC rules

‘Call 911 immediately’; Police looking for man wanted for sex offense in Mecklenburg Co.

1,200+ additional COVID-19 cases, 21 deaths reported in South Carolina

Overturned tractor-trailer closes I-77 South in Iredell County

The interstate, just south of the I-40 interchange, at Exit 51-B, will remain closed until 5 p.m., according to troopers.
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  US hiring slows in July as signs of lasting damage emerge

The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is weakening hiring and the economic rebound.

N.C. reports 40+ more COVID-19 deaths, 1,500+ newly-confirmed cases

More than 21,600 coronavirus cases in Mecklenburg Co., 230 deaths

Former Matthews teacher sentenced to six years in prison on child pornography charges

Deputies looking for SUV in connection to killing of 9-year-old NC girl

  ‘Stop dragging your feet and make a decision’: CMS parent, student-athlete speak on future of school sports

  Extracurricular organizations converting spaces to remote learning camps for back to school

  NCGOP files ethics complaints against two council members in wake of other conflict questions

NOAA calls for an ‘extremely active’ 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

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  Warnings flashed for years of explosives at heart of Beirut

Rescue teams are searching the rubble of Beirut’s port for bodies nearly three days after a massive explosion sent a wave of destruction through Lebanon’s capital, killing nearly 150 people and wounding thousands.

SPORTS

New Panthers tackle Russell Okung considering retirement over COVID-19 concerns, per report

Acquired by the Carolina Panthers in a swap of Pro Bowlers this offseason, left tackle Russell Okung has yet to take a single snap for his new team. Now, apparently, there's a good chance he never will.

N.C. high school sports season pushed back again due to Phase 2 extension

The move comes one day after Gov. Roy Cooper announced that N.C. would remain in the “Safer at Home” Phase 2 of reopening until at least Sept. 11.

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‘Thank you.’ Charlotte radio host gives heartfelt update after daughter killed in crash

  ‘Hanging on by a thread’; Several local businesses crippled by five-week Phase 2 extension in N.C.

  Some teachers return to Mecklenburg, Union county schools for teacher work days

Charlotte lost 156,000 jobs last quarter, worst on record, as pandemic weakens economy

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools not in favor of high school sports during remote learning

The district returned a questionnaire to the N.C. High School Athletic Association on Thursday and said it would not allow student-athletes to play sports while in remote learning.
  • National

Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of popular social media apps TikTok and WeChat on security grounds, a move China’s government criticized as “political manipulation.”

Man wanted for murder after 22-year-old killed in Charlotte strip mall parking lot

‘Numerous’ weapons seized after 200+ person AirBnB party in North Carolina

  Mother, 7-year-old daughter shot in back during apparent domestic dispute in Lincoln Co.

  Charlotte loses internationally-recognized singer to COVID-19