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  Charlotte defies public records law as emails remain hidden for years

The requests, some of which date back more than two years, sought information regarding some of the most impactful moments in the Queen City since 2019.

The US finally has data on how many people die in police custody. NC won’t release it.

  Gov. Cooper signs in-person school reopening bill into law in North Carolina

  ‘It would take a lot of headache off me’: Stimulus checks, other benefits coming to eligible people soon

N.C. lawmakers introduce bill to require more approval for governor’s use of emergency powers

Another Trump on the ballot? Lara Trump eyes Senate seat

  Charlotte enters $46,500 contract to help build teamwork among council

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Funeral arrangements announced for Joel Odom

  Outside ethics review clears Charlotte council members, recommends improvements

  Joel Odom, youngest person to run for Charlotte mayor, found dead at age 22

  Miscommunication and lack of plan marred Tent City abatement order

SC House advances bill banning most abortions, expected to reach governor’s desk soon

  Conversation continues regarding proposed Gaston County ordinance that would regulate protests

Charlotte City Council mulls deferring election because of delayed census data

That census data is needed to re-district Charlotte City Council and an election before that happens might not even be legal.

Graham, Scott both vote to acquit former President Trump

Both of South Carolina's senators voted to acquit the former president Saturday.

  Mecklenburg County passes new non-discrimination resolution, future ordinances in Charlotte and other towns less certain

Commissioner Susan Rodriguez-McDowell says Charlotte and local towns will have to pass their own non-discrimination legislation to make a bigger impact that’s actually enforceable.

  Mecklenburg County unanimously adopts nondiscrimination resolution to protect LGBTQ+ community, hairstyles

Mecklenburg County commissioners have unanimously adopted a nondiscrimination resolution to protect the LGBTQ+ community and hairstyles.

  Greg Phipps sworn in, fills vacated Charlotte City Council At-Large seat

Republicans on education board attack social studies plan

Rep. Dan Bishop. Sen. Thom Tillis want to bring an end to ‘sanctuary cities’

Sen. Tillis says impeaching Trump as a private citizen would set a ’dangerous precedent ‘

Report: Lawyer for former Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone to represent Trump

  Charlotte area voters sound off on presidential transition

  DOJ ends investigation into stock sales of N.C. Sen. Richard Burr with no charges

The United States Department of Justice has ended its investigation into the stock trading of North Carolina Senator Richard Burr with no charges, as the case is now closed.

  Deputies from Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office prepared to provide security assistance for inauguration

On the eve of the presidential inauguration, the man in charge of overseeing dozens of local deputies deployed to Washington D.C. took time to speak with WBTV.

  Charlotte’s ‘Jesus Saves guy’ Sam Bethea spreads message at U.S. Capitol insurrection, plans to be at inauguration

Sam Bethea is known for carrying his bright yellow sign, shouting loudly “Jesus Saves.”

‘An unconstitutional act of political vengeance:’ Graham pens new letter opposing impeachment of Trump

Graham reaffirmed his position in a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

  UNC Charlotte history professor talks past insurrections, 25th amendment after attack at U.S. Capitol

According to both the Senate and House of Representatives history websites, there have been multiple bombings, shootings, and other violent acts inside of the U.S. Capitol.

  Matthews man arrested storming US Capitol. ‘I’m sure he would do it all again’ associate says.

A Matthews man was arrested in Washington, D.C. Wednesday as part of the violent group of pro-Trump supporters that stormed the United States Capitol, causing chaos and bloodshed. He's one of seven arrested on Wednesday with North Carolina ties.

N.C. Rep. Dan Bishop says he will vote against electoral certifications of multiple states

North Carolina congressman Dan Bishop says he will object Wednesday’s electoral vote count that would certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

  ‘North Carolina lost a giant today’ Longtime state political leader Marc Basnight dies at 73

Political leaders are mourning the loss of former North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight, who passed away at age 73 Monday.

Sen. Tillis urges passage of legislation for federal penalties against those who target law enforcement

North Carolina U.S. Senator Thom Tillis is urging the passage of a legislation that would create federal penalties for people who target law enforcement officers with violence.

Charlotte council considers more economic disclosure requirements

The proposal comes after more than a year of reporting by WBTV that highlighted the shortcomings of the current ethics disclosure forms and the lack of enforcement for violating the guidelines.

N.C. prisons pushing to process influx of new inmates, transport others as judge orders outside monitor

The North Carolina prison system is pushing process an influx of new inmates into state prisons from county jails by year end, according to documents obtained by WBTV.

  One-on-one with former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt on the proposed sales tax for mobility

Gantt has been leading the Charlotte Moves Task Force since May and sat down with WBTV for a one-on-one interview after the committee concluded its final meeting.

North Carolina certifies November general election results

President Donald Trump defeated Democratic nominee Joe Biden by 1.3 percentage points.

Trump, allies make frantic steps to overturn Biden victory

Trump’s own election security agency has declared the 2020 presidential election to have been the most secure in history. Days after that statement was issued, Trump fired the agency’s leader.

  CBS News projects President Donald Trump as winner of North Carolina’s electoral votes

CBS News has projected President Donald Trump as the winner of North Carolina’s electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election.

  EXPLAINER: Why do the media call races in US elections?

Since when does the media call elections? Since 1848.

  Money to support Trump court fight could flow to president

The unusual way the Trump campaign is divvying up the contributions has drawn scrutiny from election watchdogs, who say Trump and his family are poised to financially benefit from the arrangement.

  Protesters block Tryon Street, where Black Lives Matter mural is painted, after it reopened for traffic

The street closure was never intended to be permanent and was part of a pilot project moved forward by city staff to find more pedestrian friendly options for residents and Uptown and to protect the BLM mural from vandalism.

  Tryon Street, where Black Lives Matter mural is painted, reopens to traffic

The street closure was never intended to be permanent and was part of a pilot project moved forward by city staff to find more pedestrian friendly options for residents and Uptown and to protect the BLM mural from vandalism.

POLITICO: NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen being considered for Biden cabinet

Cohen is being considered for the federal job as Health and Human Services secretary under the new administration, POLITICO reports, along with two other candidates.

Money raised for Trump’s election fights would help cover campaign debt

With President Trump refusing to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, the president and his campaign are soliciting donations from supporters for an “election defense fund” designed to “defend the integrity” of the election.

SC voters react to Biden securing votes to win Presidency

At a rally at the Statehouse, some said the race is not over until ever “legal vote,” is counted.

  Presidential race in North Carolina still up for grabs, and may not be officially decided for a week

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are locked in a tight race with several states too close to call including North Carolina.

Graham donates $500K to Trump legal defense over voting counts

Sen. Lindsey Graham, who just won reelection in Tuesday’s election, said he is donating a half-million dollars to President Donald Trump’s legal defense fund.

Georgia recount likely with Biden narrowly leading Trump

Joe Biden’s narrow lead over President Donald Trump in Georgia expanded Friday morning as vote counting continued, with about 1,500 votes separating the candidates after about five million votes were cast in the state.

  Trying to figure out if your vote was counted in North Carolina? Here’s where to look

Several people are asking questions as they look to find out if their vote has been counted in North Carolina.

  What happened on election night in Union County and what happens next

20,368 ballots were cast on election day in Union County, but there are still votes to be counted.

  Lancaster County ‘mislabeled’ thumb drive causes 20,000 ballot recount

Every single absentee in-person vote got counted because this was human error rather than a computer’s mistake.

EXPLAINER: A long night, or more, before president is known

There’s a good chance that Americans won’t know the winner of the 2020 presidential election until well into Wednesday — if not beyond that. Many states made it easier to request a mail ballot amid the coronavirus pandemic and concerns about crowded polling places.

  Union County man votes twice after early vote isn’t recorded in system

WBTV has not received an official explanation of how Becht was able to vote twice and has not been given any information about whether this issue has happened with other voters.

  $197.2 million bond package passes in Mecklenburg Co., Charlotte Regional Business Alliance says

The $197.2 million bond referenda package has passed in Mecklenburg County in the Nov. 3 election, according to the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance.

25-year-old Republican Cawthorn wins U.S. House in N.C.'s 11th Congressional District

Madison Cawthorn defeated Democrat Moe Davis, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

  Presidential candidates make several stops in North Carolina ahead of election day

There are 15 electoral votes up for grabs in the Tar Heel State and the candidates vying for the presidency have been working hard to win them.

Justice Department to monitor Mecklenburg County polling sites on Election Day

The United States Department of Justice will be monitoring Mecklenburg County polling sites on Election Day 2020.

  Voters 65 and up share their concerns for Election 2020

Senior voters 65 and up are heading to the polls this election.

  Poll worker opens up about extra safety COVID-19 training ahead of Election Day

With long wait times and thousands of people expected for Election Day, poll workers are taking safety seriously. They are taking extra steps to keep you safe.

NC Democrats hope to flip these 4 seats blue, and they’re spending big to do it

Control of the North Carolina General Assembly, and thus a hand in the once-a-decade redraw of congressional and state legislative maps, may come down to a handful of state Senate races. And the money aimed at those races shows it.

Dr. Jill Biden campaigning for Joe Biden in North Carolina on Election Day

Dr. Jill Biden will once again be in North Carolina campaigning for her husband on Election Day.

  N.C. elections board investigating after flurry of complaints in Anson County

The North Carolina State Board of Elections is investigating more than a dozen complaints filed in Anson County, challenging practices by supporters of one campaign to offer voters assistance as they walk into the early voting poll.

  WBTV sits down with South Carolina U.S. Senate seat candidates Jaime Harrison, Lindsey Graham

The two candidates are equal in the polls, but different on the issues.

N.C. Mayors group says it isn’t coordinating new nondiscrimination ordinance. Emails show otherwise.

The North Carolina Metro Mayors Coalition has denied that it worked to plan the introduction of new nondiscrimination ordinances in cities across the state, following a WBTV story on Monday. Emails show otherwise.

President Trump, First Lady visit Fort Bragg, N.C. after campaign rally gets postponed

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited Fort Bragg after a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina was postponed due to wind.

President Trump Fayetteville, N.C. event postponed due to wind

Because of a wind advisory issued with gusts reaching 50 miles per hour and other weather conditions, the outdoor Fayetteville, NC rally has been postponed until Monday.

  Supreme Court leaves NC absentee ballot deadline at Nov. 12

The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to 9 days after Election Day.

  Investigators suspect Republican group called N.C. voters spreading misinformation

Republican operatives called voters with incorrect information about their voter registration, investigators with the N.C. State Board of Elections believe, using a dark money group formed in Texas.

S.C. surpasses 1 million absentee votes ahead of November election

More than one million South Carolina voters have cast an absentee ballot ahead of the Nov. 3 general election, state voting officials said.

  Charlotte radio personality working with NACA to coordinate rides to polls

A Charlotte radio personality is working with the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) to help voters get rides to the polls.

  Churches partner to encourage people to take their ‘Souls to the Polls’ and vote in Charlotte

The Black Church Action Fund founded in 2017 is on a mission to reach African American voters this election season. The organization has created a Souls to the Polls bus to help voters navigate the polls and handle voting irregularities or voter intimidation.

  With more absentee voting, experts encourage extra time and research on lesser-known races

Some experts say you need to be paying attention to some of the other races further down on your ballot. One of those being the North Carolina Court of Appeals races.

Trump says children separated from their parents were “so well taken care of”

Trump claimed his administration is working to reunite children with their parents, but also claimed the children in U.S. custody have been “so well taken care of.”

  Man arrested in Kannapolis, N.C. with van full of guns and explosives, allegedly researched killing Joe Biden

A man was arrested in Kannapolis with a van full of guns and explosives with plans to carry out an act of terrorism, including trying to assassinate Joe Biden.

  President Trump coming back to N.C. this weekend

The event happened at Gastonia Municipal Airport on Gaston Day Road.

  President Trump speaks to crowd of 23,000+ at Gastonia, N.C. rally

The event happened at Gastonia Municipal Airport on Gaston Day Road.

  Kamala Harris speaks one-on-one with WBTV, attends voter mobilization event in uptown Charlotte

Senator Kamala Harris spent Wednesday afternoon and evening campaigning in Charlotte. Harris attended a voter mobilization event at Truist Field in uptown. Prior to the event, she spoke to WBTV in a one-on-one interview.

Court lets North Carolina keep absentee deadline extension

A federal appeals court has ruled that North Carolina can accept absentee ballots for more than a week after Election Day as long as they are postmarked by Nov. 3.

ECU POLL: Biden ahead of Trump in North Carolina

A new poll released today by East Carolina University shows former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of President Donald Trump in North Carolina.

  More than 2 million people have already voted in North Carolina

More than 2 million people have already voted in North Carolina in the 2020 election, according to the state board of elections website.

Sen. Tillis, other senate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to prevent Supreme Court packing

North Carolina U.S. Senator Thom Tillis joined several other Republican senators to propose a constitutional amendment to prevent Democrats from packing the Supreme Court if Joe Biden wins the presidency in November.