September 14th: Hometown Heroes. Big Kids Helping Little Kids.

Ka’lon White is 8-years old and battles acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). He has a lot of up-and-down days; his mom says yesterday was one of his best ever.

  PurpleStride wages hope, demands better for those fighting pancreatic cancer

  Help for Lake Arbor neighbors may not be enough

  ‘March for Freedom from Gun Violence’ rally to be held in Chester

  September 12th: Ally Davis just got great news, in a year she could use it

  Rowan community mourns with football player Chris Smith in death of his girlfriend

  A Charlotte woman has delivered baked goods to firefighters every anniversary of 9/11

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  CMS board approves two new schools to relieve overcrowded South Charlotte high schools

  Body of missing SC man found in car

September 10th: Pixie Dust for Carter Bucciero

New program tackling economic mobility presents first graduating class

September 5th: Brayson Melton. Graduated Clemson; beat childhood cancer.

  Special elevators to rescue people in BofA Tower during emergencies are first on the east coast

Former WBTV news reporter ‘Doing Good’ in Charlotte

Former WBTV News reporter Pam Escobar has a new venture: A podcast called "Do Good Charlotte."

  Talking about increasing wages for city contracted workers on Labor Day

On Labor Day 2019 politicians are talking about how to raise the wages of some city contracted workers. The city outsources custodial jobs. Mecklenburg County Commissioner Vilma Leake says several people who work as custodians at the Government Center only make $7.25 an hour.

  History Making Marines In Town for Convention

Some history making Marines recently spent some time in Charlotte right before Labor Day. The National Montford Point Marine Association held its 54th Convention in the Queen City. The Montford Point Marines were the first African Americans allowed to join the Marine Corps.

  Nearly 5,000 runners hit I-277 for Charlotte’s Around the Crown 10K

Nearly 5,000 experienced and novice runners hit the pavement Sunday morning for a very unique race that literally wrapped around Charlotte: the Around the Crown 10K.

Charlotte church members giving out gift cards to residents impacted by floodwaters

  Mothers weigh in, give advice on avoiding hot car deaths of children

  Join WBTV for PurpleStride 2019 in uptown Charlotte

  Community Matters Cafe giving people a second chance

  Citizens Review Board waiting for changes to CMPD’s use of deadly force policy

  Charlotte mom uses three-hour school bus delay to teach kids about compassion

  Local business owners, renters react to idea of Opportunity Zones in Charlotte

The zones are in areas including East Charlotte, North End and North Tryon, Wilkinson Boulevard and surrounding the airport, Freedom Drive, West Trade Street, Beatties Ford Road and Rozelles Ferry.

  Hickory says downtown project will be complete next week

City officials say crews are working day and night to complete the project and they are so confident they will, that a concert has been scheduled on the site for Sept. 6.

  ‘We don’t have many safe spaces.’ Local group supports Breastfeeding Moms of Color

The disparity between black women who breastfeed and women of other races is striking. But a local group is working to change that.

  City leaders talk plans for 17 ‘opportunity zones’ in Charlotte

Ja’Ron K. Smith, a special assistant on domestic policy to President Trump, met with leaders to discuss how 17 Opportunity Zones can work for our community.

Molly’s Kids: Allie McDaniels has another csf leak (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome)

Allie, a Molly's Kids from Statesville, has another csf leak. She lives with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and is having a difficult time.

  New program at Johnson C Smith to help more mothers of color breastfeed is first in the country

The new program, in its inaugural year at JCSU, plans to diversify the field by recruiting women of color to become lactation consultants.

Molly’s Kids: Emily Cook finds her people at a new KIF1A conference

We love Emily Cook from Shelby. Emily has KIF1A Associated Neurological Disorder (commonly called KAND). Her mom, Julie, is amazing. Constantly researching and trying to find answers.

  Churches come together with bail bond company to help those in jail

Not only will the church help them get out of jail, but will also mentor them and support them to stay on the right path so they can be productive citizens.

  ’More than a piece of land’: Former Brooklyn residents call for ‘restorative justice’

Inside the sanctuary of Little Rock AME Zion they spoke of lost community, trauma of displacement and hope for the future of Charlotte’s former Brooklyn neighborhood.

  Cutting edge technology being used by orthopedic surgeons at Charlotte hospital

Using a robot to perform knee or hip replacement surgery? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds.

Molly’s Kids: Connecting family of a rare disease together

Eldon Self's mom desperately wondered if there was any one else out there dealing with the same thing. Turns out, there is.

  Miss North Carolina on a mission to get more African American females to go for a crown

Her mission was to tell students about her platform and to talk to students about entering the pageant world. For the first time, Miss USA, Miss America, and Miss Teen USA are all African American.

  $11.5 million pedestrian bridge will connect South End and uptown, with a bank’s help

U.S. Bank will help fund the construction of a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 277, Center City Partners said Wednesday, as local leaders look to connect uptown with South End.

  Ready for a dog? Mecklenburg shelter is crowded and officials hope you’ll adopt

The county animal shelter is calling on people to adopt pets — especially dogs — as soon as possible, because space in the shelter is running out, officials said.

  An organization helps working professionals afford homes in Charlotte

The Charlotte Housing Partnership has been busy trying to get people into affordable housing. The organization has been around for more than 30 years

  New sidewalk in Indian Land helps keep students safe

Safety is a priority for students who walk to Indian Land Middle School and Indian Land High School. For a long time students have been walking on the side of the road and sometimes in the road to get to school.

NC teen only one of 50 people in world to live with condition

Meet Eldon Self. He lives in Leland in Brunswick County, but travels to Charlotte often for tests and treatments.

Carvana eyes old Philip Morris site for $35 million facility and hundreds of jobs

The project would create 304 jobs within the first three years, paying an average wage of $40,560 for full-time employment, the draft agreement stated.

  Man mowing lawns in every U.S. state gets help from CMPD

One man is changing what it means to go beyond the “call of duty” for his community.

Panthers’ game night: How to use mobile tickets for the first time

The Carolina Panthers are moving to mobile tickets this season as part of a league-wide initiative, starting with Friday night’s preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.

  'A living legacy’: Charlotte woman celebrates 115th birthday

Hester McCardell Ford of Charlotte celebrated her 115th birthday Thursday!

  CMS Board Chair says district won’t be silent concerning racist letters

24 hours after a racist letter was sent targeting Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) new superintendent Earnest Winston -who is African American - school board chair Mary McCray is not taking this lightly.

  Ballantyne residents meet with Charlotte Fire, Piedmont Natural Gas to talk about July explosion

Charlotte Fire Department and Piedmont Natural Gas officials came to a Ballantyne Homeowners Association meeting to talk about that explosion, and try to calm residents’ concerns.

  Sandy Hook parent wants gun violence considered a public health crisis

More than 250 mass shootings have happened in America so far this year. That number is causing some to believe that gun violence should be considered a public health crisis.

  DA: Officer who fatally shot man at Charlotte Burger King will not be charged

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Wende Kerl will not be charged in the death of 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin, who was fatally shot in a Burger King parking lot March 25.

  20-year-old Monroe man donates school supplies directly to families in need

He says he was inspired to do something to help kids, after seeing news stories about children separated from their parents at the Mexico border.

Bank of America moves into new tower, the latest milestone in uptown corridor growth

Bank of America employees started moving into the building this week. Flanked by cranes and construction sites, the 33-story tower is a milestone in a changing Stonewall Street corridor.

  Career fair in Mecklenburg Co. Jail is getting the job done

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden wants to keep Career Fairs going inside the jails. The Career Fair has been happening for years and McFadden wants to take it to the next level. So far this year there have been two Career Fairs inside the Mecklenburg County Jail.

‘Our homes have been stolen from us.’ Uptown redevelopment stirs debate on reparations

The developer says he is open to ideas that would help people with ties to the neighborhood.

‘There is nowhere to go.’ Ousted Charlotte renters don’t know what will happen next

A week after residents of the west Charlotte complex were told that they must leave within months or even weeks, tenants and housing advocates are raising concerns that without adequate time and resources, people will end up homeless.

  New local small business reports theft days before charity event

A new local small business owner is experiencing a major hit, days before participating in a charity event.

  Charlotte father who was laid off gets flooded with job offers

He passed out 50 resumes, and now he is getting support from all across the world.

  UNC Charlotte chancellor talks future, past as he approaches retirement

Last week Philip Dubois announced he will retire at the end of next school year, on June 30, 2020. He sat down to talk with WBTV exclusively about his expectations for the future, and some of the highlights and horrific acts he has handled throughout his long career.

  Dream on 3 celebrates Queen City Business of the Year

This year, the award is separating into two winners: “Large business” and “Small business.”

  Police, community partners present new car to woman who was carjacked in Charlotte

On Thursday, in conjunction with the CMPD’s Emergency Needs Fund, the Scott Clark Auto group presented McKinney with a car.

  Important conversation you should have with your kids about mass shootings

We asked Atrium Health Behavioral Health Psychiatrist, Dr. Cheryl Dodds, for advice on how we talk to our children about the recent mass shootings. It's also important to remind out kids of the safety measures in place, and why it is so important to follow instructions form teachers and principals.

100 jobs coming to Charlotte for a printing and shipping company. It’s already hiring

Printful prints and ships products for online stores. The Latvian company announced the opening of a regional headquarters office in southwest Charlotte in 2016.

  Is new coffee shop in Indian Land causing a ‘coffee war’?

There's a unique 250 sq. ft. coffee shop that has opened in Indian Land along Hwy 521. It is called Burr and Berry. It is a drive-thru and walk-up coffee shop. There is none like it in Indian Land.

  Man who turned life around addresses Charlotte’s rise in violent crime and conversation about repeat offenders

A Charlotte man who has 17 mug shots in his past is standing up, saying others can turn their lives around, as he has.

Molly’s Kids: Gaston County 8-year-old dies from brain tumor DIPG

We met him as one of our September #MollysKids. This calm, kind Gaston County boy smiled throughout our entire Christmas party here at WBTV.

  Forever Family celebrates 2-year anniversary with WBTV

It has been two years since Forever Family was welcomed on air by WBTV.

  Hickory mother wants to educate community on service dogs

She doesn’t know of other families in the Hickory area with a service dog, but she wants to work with others in our community to raise awareness.

  New YBLA Leaders Want to take Organization Nationwide

The Young Black Leaders Alliance (YBLA) has been in Charlotte for more than 13 years. It has helped many African American young males and females accomplish their goals and become leaders. This year YBLA is changing things up.

  ’We’re certainly not going to live in fear.’ Charlotte Pride organizers discuss safety measures for two-day festival after mass shootings

As Charlotte prepares for the last of the summer festivals and public events, organizers are trying to think of ways to make their events safer.

  CMS Board Chair responds to selection of new Superintendent and criticism

Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) District Board Chair Mary McCray calls new CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston solid and has no doubt he will do a good job. She believes he will offer the district stability and will restore confidence.

  Cooking fires move to leading cause of fire deaths

Mother remembers her young son lost due to a cooking fire with a book bag drive for other children to learn fire safety.

Kids can watch plants eat BUGS!

A kids carnival at the Botanical Gardens of UNC Charlotte will teach kids about carnivorous plants native to North Carolina. They'll get to look inside and see what types of bugs one plant has eated.

  Woman requests to adopt dogs with most seniority and special needs from NC shelter

Leslie walked into the Asheville Humane Society July 24 with a question and a request: “Which two dogs have been here the longest, with the most special needs? I’m here to take them both home with me.”

Huge designer sale benefits at-risk kids

The non-profit Assistance League Charlotte is holding their biggest one-day fundraiser this Saturday August 3 at 3405 South Tryon. The organization helps at-risk kids across Mecklenburg County. The 14th Annual Baubles and Bags Sale starts at 9:00 a.m. util 4:00 p.m.

  Exploring the striking racial disparity between mothers ahead of Black Breastfeeding Week in August

Next month marks the sixth annual Black Breastfeeding Week, observed the last week of August. It’s an effort to raise awareness and highlight this disparity.

‘They’re going to be in the streets.’ 177 in low-income apartments must leave homes

The letter says 78 of the 177 occupied units have expired or otherwise invalid leases and must be out in 30 days. All other tenants must leave by Dec. 31.

  Hickory City Walk Projects ramp up

The focus is a ten foot-wide path that will eventually go for miles from Lenoir-Rhyne University to the Catawba River at Highway 321 and connect via pedestrian bridge to the Winkler Park and the L.P. Frans Baseball Stadium.

  Amateur Charlotte Tennis Tournament promotes sport and court play

Malcolm Graham is adding tennis tournament director to his title. His foundation - Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation - named after his sister - is sponsoring Charlotte's Premier Amateur Tennis Championship. It takes place August 16-18.

  UNC Charlotte chancellor announces retirement, calls decision ‘bittersweet’

After more than a decade serving as UNC Charlotte chancellor, Philip L. Dubois announced he will retire from his position effective June 30, 2020.

  Amateur Tennis Championship/Community Conversation benefiting Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation coming to Charlotte

The Charlotte Amateur Tennis Championship, benefiting the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation, is coming to the Queen City for the first time.

Where to find deals for National Chicken Wing Day

July 29 is National Chicken Wing Day.

  Dream on 3: UNCC football players part of viral 6-year-old sensation

It’s a great video that makes you smile – but if you know Noah’s background, you also know it’s plain remarkable.

  Kannapolis street artist uses art to transform pedestrian tunnel for local kids

The tunnel is meant to bring people from one side of traffic on Cannon Boulevard, safely to the other. But lately, there had not been much ‘safe’ about it.