NASCAR Champ Jimmie Johnson makes Stanly County girl’s dream come true

After a jam-packed surprise presentation in the high school stadium, Anita and her family were whisked off in a limousine to meet the superstar driver of car #48.

  ‘What life is like after a stroke, I’ve lived it.’ Charlotte doctor on her work to save people from strokes is personal

  Molly’s Kids: A free beach week condo for Christopher Teems!

  WBTV Community Conversation: Reading, Writing, and Race

  'I don’t need easy, I just need possible’, Cassidy Hooper, born without eyes or nose, graduates from college in Charlotte

  Steve Crump throws first pitch at Charlotte Knights game

  Kannapolis high school students use carpentry class to help struggling veterans

Continued Coverage

  ‘Meant to be’: Puppies found on roadside quickly gain roles in NC wedding

  Wives of law enforcement officers meeting for prayer service Saturday

  Local law enforcement honor Officer Jordan Sheldon in bike to D.C.

  Local family-run hardware store thrives after decades of female leadership

  Mayor declares May 8 ‘Anthony Hamilton Day’ in Charlotte

  Elementary students hit the streets for ‘National Bike To School Day’

  Mooresville florist makes special bows to commemorate fallen officer

A local florist wanted to offer special bows because of the recent death of Officer Jordan Sheldon of the Mooresville Police Department.

  ‘I just want to do it for him.’ Man mows lawns for free to honor brother killed in Charlotte shooting

It’s what his little brother used to do to help support himself. Now, he's cutting grass for free, in his memory.

Molly’s Kids: Christopher Teems brain tumor takes turn for the worse

This week they got word his nasty DIPG brain tumor – diagnosed last year – has grown. Doctors took him off his chemo pills. It was also decided if he did more radiation, it’d do more harm than good.

  CMS runs social media campaign during Children’s Mental Health Week

Each mental health problem looks different, so they’re using the hashtag #CMSigns to teach students how to self-diagnose.

  Street artist creates mural tribute to UNC Charlotte shooting victims

CMPD lieutenant preparing to hike 30 miles for cystic fibrosis awareness

  ‘Look at our miracle. It’s not always sad’, Charlotte couple shares infertility journey

  ‘Stay strong, Charlotte.’ UNCC shooting survivor posts video thanking community for support

  UNC Charlotte sports clubs organize 2-mile run to raise money

  Daveion’s dream trip to the NFL Draft

  ‘He died a hero.’ Student killed trying to stop UNCC gunman escorted home

21-year-old Riley Howell was shot and killed, but his actions delayed the shooter, giving police more time to respond and fellow students a chance to escape.

  Mallard Creek JROTC remembers late student during ceremony

Mallard Creek High School JROTC program made a special dedication to Elizabeth Barry, a student who died in 2016, during its Battalion Award Ceremony.

  Charlotte Knights show support for UNCC shooting victims

The Charlotte Knights showed their support for those impacted by the shootings at UNC Charlotte.

Local JROTC program helping to build leaders

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) JROTC Program is celebrating another successful school year. More than 3,000 students are enrolled and participated in the Cadet Achievement Awards program recently at Bojangles Coliseum.

Volunteers needed to bottle-feed orphaned kittens at nursery in Charlotte

CMPD Animal Care & Control is asking for volunteers to help feed the furbabies after 6:30 p.m. every day - but that other shifts also need to be filled.

  Komen Charlotte’s 10th annual Pink Sunday a success

More than 440 churches took part in the 13-county area Komen Charlotte serves. That’s the most ever in its ten-year history

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder comes to Wingate University

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Opal Tometi spoke at Wingate University on April 23. She came to the university to talk about the mission of Black Lives Matter and to hear the concerns of students.

Meet the newest one of our Molly’s Kids: A 13-month old in Gaston County

“I’d love to tell you the story of our little girl,” Brooke Spence said from her home in Mount Holly.

$4 AMC kids deal includes movie ticket and snacks

“Summer Movie Camp” is $4 plus tax every Wednesday and includes a kid-friendly movie and a KidsPack. The deal is available all summer long!

  ‘We never gave up hope and tried to stay faithful’, Charlotte woman on her six-year infertility journey

Six years. Five miscarriages. Multiple rounds of IVF and IUI cycles. Charlottean Nichelle Sublett and her husband, Harold’s journey to parenthood hasn’t been easy. But she continues to share her story in hopes that it will help others.

  South Carolina intersection to be named in honor of teen killed at Peach Stand

According to the South Carolina Legislature, the corner of South Carolina Highway 160 and U.S. Highway 21 in York County will be named “Karson Bailey Whitesell Memorial Intersection.”

  Faith, community leaders react to CMPD officer-involved shooting video

Faith and Community leaders are reacting to the full-length version of the officer-involved shooting that killed Danquirs Franklin in March.

  Community supports former Iredell Co. Sheriff’s deputy’s MS treatments

The unconventional treatment proved to be somewhat of a miracle for this former deputy. He's now overdue for a second treatment, which he'll need to keep this progress moving forward.

  WBTV celebrates 35 years with Steve Crump

Steve Crump is being recognized for his decades-long work at WBTV and in the city of Charlotte.

Special bond: Photo captures dog’s ‘goodbye’ to owner

A moment displaying the bond between a man and his dog was captured at a funeral home in Huntersville.

  Fill Your Bucket List Foundation grants wishes for adults fighting cancer

Granting wishes for sick children is what “Make-A-Wish” Foundation has made possible across the country for years, but one North Carolina woman decided there was a need to do the same for adults.

  Charlotte Curlers selected for national invitational camp, selection trials, could join USA Paralympic Team

According to the Charlotte Curling Association, the athletes will compete against the eight returning 2019 National Team members for a spot on the 2020 National Wheelchair Curling Team.

Molly’s Kids: Jasmine Love has new college plans... and thank you to everyone who has tried to help

A Gaston County pediatric cancer survivor looking for scholarships wasn’t looking for outright money. She’d been accepted and was instead wanting links for scholarships aimed at aiding cancer-surviving kids who have overcome obstacles.

  Around the Crown 10K: New race in Charlotte promises fascinating route

A new 10K race is coming to Charlotte and it promises an exciting route unlike any other. The race will take participants along I-77...on foot! Plus, the Around the Crown 10K will become one of the country's most eco-friendly, sustainable race.

Kohl’s starts ‘Military Monday’ discount

Members of the military and their families can enjoy a 15% discount at their local Kohl’s department store

  CMPD’s Bridging the Difference conversation aiming to build a positive future for young people

The goal is get more young people to look to a positive future - to see themselves in college and beyond.

  ’Oh my God, is she going to be OK?” A Black Maternal Health Success Story

Success stories where black mothers got the care they needed - and deserved, without implicit or explicit racial bias playing a role. Aneka Jackson of Charlotte is one of them.

‘Paws in the Park’ celebrates another successful event in Pineville

Over 300 pets were adopted in April thank to Paws in the Park in Pineville.

  CMPD chief listens, answers questions in conversation with Charlotte community

Chief Putney invited the community to join him for important conversations about the role officers play and their relationship with the people they serve.

  Charlotte leaders gather for diversity conference

More than 100 people attended the conference learning how to tackle discrimination, harassment and intimidation in the workplace.

  Racial Bias and Black Maternal Health: ‘Sometimes people will judge you as soon as you walk in the door'

While the history of racial bias in medicine dates back more than a century in the U.S., it’s only recently begun to be seen as a contributing factor to why the black maternal mortality rate is three to four times higher than that of white women.

  Historic churches in Charlotte area send prayers to Notre Dame

Local churches with historic sanctuaries pray for Notre Dame.

  Charlotte community reacts to video of fatal officer-involved shooting

At least seven protests were planned for Monday night in response to the video’s release, according to CMPD Chief Kerr Putney. Council members and religious leaders from the community said they plan on being at the various demonstrations to call for peace and calm.

  Charlotte ministers react to video of fatal officer-involved shooting

Charlotte community leaders are responding to the video released Monday of the latest Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police (CMPD) fatal officer-involved shooting.

  Police release body-cam video of fatal officer-involved shooting at Charlotte Burger King

27-year-old Danquirs Franklin was shot by veteran CMPD officer Wende Kerl, who has been a part of the department since 1995, around 9 a.m. on March 25 in the parking lot of the Burger King on Beatties Ford Road.

  Training more Black women to become doulas: Could that help save more Black Mothers?

Of the hundreds of doulas in Charlotte, only five to ten percent of them are Black. But as experts see a rise in the number of Black doulas across the country – could it help save more black mothers?

  Areas of concern in the Black Maternal Health Crisis

As we continue our special look at black maternal health during the national Black Maternal Health week, we recognized through poring over pages of research and talking to black mothers, birth advocates and doctors that there are areas of concern.

  Mount Pleasant teen with Down Syndrome lives out her dream thanks to Dream On 3

An 18-year-old Cabarrus County girl who lives with Down Syndrome has always had a dream to dance for an NBA team. Recently, her classmates at Mount Pleasant High School helped make her dream came true.

  Charlotte doctor says tasks like knitting may increase brain health in cancer patients, creates community project

The Levine Cancer Institute is asking the community to step in and help knit neurons. In the summer, they’ll all fit together, to make one giant art piece – it’ll look like a brain.

  Black Maternal Health: Exploring the crisis facing Black Mothers

By comparison, black women are 22 percent more likely to die from heart disease, 71 percent more likely to perish from cervical cancer and a whopping 243 percent more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth related causes than white women.

Mayor proclaims April 11-17 as Black Maternal Health Week in Charlotte

According to the proclamation, Mayor Vi Lyles has proclaimed April 11-17, 2019 as Black Maternal Health Week in the Queen City.

  On Your Side Tonight celebrates successful first year with remarkable ratings growth

A year into On Your Side Tonight with Jamie Boll, the show has set itself apart from other local news programs in the market by educating viewers with in-depth, daily features.

  NC lawmaker creates Black Maternal Health Caucus to address crisis

The point of the caucus is to raise awareness of the problem, start a national conversation and pass legislation to protect black mothers.

  Myers Park High School students discover new opportunities during career fair

One goal of the career fair was to help emphasize economic mobility.

Molly’s Kids: Ally’s stem cell transplant update

Ally is waiting for a scan of everything, from her head to sinuses, heart, lungs, all the way down to her kidneys. Later this month she’ll be back at Levine Children’s for 8 straight days of high-dose chemotherapy. She has also been getting her stem cells harvested, for a stem cell transplant that w

  Bank of America will raise the minimum wage for its lowest-paid workers

The Charlotte-based bank said its minimum wage will rise from slightly higher than $15 an hour to $17 an hour on May 1. The minimum will continue to rise until hitting $20 an hour in 2021, the bank said.

Family of one #MollysKids helps another

Two Saturdays ago I wrote about a little girl just two days old. Livi Sigmon. Her older brother, Luke, had been one of our #MollysKids. Way down in the post I mentioned that Luke/Livi's mom had started a Foundation in Luke's memory.

  Women in STEM: Dr. Nicki Washington

Nicki Washington is using her professional experience and love for STEM to help grow the number of women in the industry, and help them succeed in a professional environment.

  Women in STEM: Naomi Thomas

We've heard the calls before: More girls and women are needed in the STEM industry. STEM is the acronym for fields in science, technology, engineering and math...all industries which significantly lack females. We found one local woman, a self-proclaimed "STEMinist", bucking the trend.

Target to offer coupon towards new car seat in exchange for your child’s old one

Since the event started in 2016, Target has recycled an estimated 500,000 car seats.

  Local group serving domestic violence and trafficking survivors to fundraise, add resources

The local organization Dahlia Grove is continuing its efforts to empower and support at-risk women by hosting its annual fundraiser Friday night.

Molly’s Kids: New surgery for cerebral palsy helps Lincoln County 3-year-old

Gage Boyles was premature in part because he lacked oxygen, which ultimately ended up causing a mild form of cerebral palsy. He recently received what his mom calls a "life-changing" surgery.

  Forever Family: Meet Conner

Conner is a 7-year-old boy with bright red hair, an adorable smile and an amazing big sister who loves him more than anything in the world.

  Equal Pay 2019 in Charlotte

Tuesday April 2 is Equal Pay Day. That particular date was chosen because it shows how much more women have to work to catch up with a man’s pay.

SC lawmaker files bill in memory of slain UofSC student, calls to make Uber, Lyft safer

Governor Henry McMaster tweeted about the incident. He said he and First Lady Peggy McMaster were absolutely devastated and crushed by the news.

Molly’s Kids: Colin’s last day of treatment!

You guys know what ringing the bell means… Colin Case is done!

  New ride-share service in Charlotte offers safer options for riders

A new ride-share service in the Charlotte area offers increased safety features for riders.

8-year-old’s wish granted as police officer visits to wish him happy birthday

An 8-year-old, who wants to be a police officer one day, had his birthday wish granted by a CMPD officer in Charlotte.

  Community gathers where young mom was killed by gunfire in Charlotte

Just feet away from a newly-laid memorial, feet away from where a young mom was killed, dozens of community members met to talk gun violence, and how to move forward, together.

  Are protests, public outcry just for attention or to spark legitimate change?

There’s a number of people who say they are sick and tired of violence in Charlotte. Almost 24 hours after Kendal Crank lost her life Thursday night, there was a movement at the very intersection where she was shot to death, but the timing of it has some people asking questions.

  ’She was a flower, just pure love,’ family reacts after mother killed in crossfire

Less than 24 hours after a young woman was killed in a shooting in North Charlotte, her family is sharing more about her life.

  CMPD chief fields questions from the public in wake of deadly officer-involved shooting

Dozens of people packed the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Thursday night for a meeting with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Kerr Putney.

  Historic church, daycare in Steele Creek to close ahead of CLT airport purchase

More than 100 families will find new child care, as Steele Creek Presbyterian and the daycare attached become another piece of land to be bought by Charlotte International Airport.