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  Long lines come as surprise as holiday travel ramps up from Charlotte

  Some South End bars busy Wednesday before Thanksgiving, customers adjust to stricter mask mandate

Union Co. couple uses lottery winnings to help feed those in need on Thanksgiving

Man arrested, accused of stealing truck, ramming into police car

  159 people sick from sushi sold at Concord Harris Teeter locations, health officials say

  Despite requests to stay home, interstates fill with holiday travelers

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  2020 Hurricane season smashes records

  Some people still weary about COVID-19 vaccine, sociologists say there’s history behind concerns

18 inmates test positive for coronavirus at Mecklenburg jail

  Police: One in custody, no evidence of shots fired during argument at Concord Mills mall

Charlotte man arrested for soliciting teen online, police say

South Carolina reports 1,200+ new COVID-19 cases

N.C. reports 1,800+ COVID-19 hospitalizations, record-high for third day in row

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is continuing to track confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.

N.C. closes prisons, moves inmates as COVID cases spike

Three state prisons have been closed, with hundreds of inmates being transferred to other facilities across the state, as COVID-19 continues to spike within the prison system.

  Gov. Cooper signs executive order to strengthen mask mandate in N.C.

As of Monday, North Carolina reported 339,194 coronavirus cases and 5,039 deaths. The daily percent positive was at 6.6 percent.

  No travel restrictions in place for N.C., but there are updated guidelines

No travel restrictions are in place for North Carolina and visitors do not have to quarantine upon arrival.

  Hundreds line up for Thanksgiving dinner drive-thru in west Charlotte

  Charlotte residents still lining up for COVID-19 tests as Thanksgiving approaches

  Man thought surgery would be covered by insurance, gets $23,000 bill

  Collect to Connect: CMS student says he needs a computer to help fulfill his dream

  CMS looks to hire more bus drivers, fill open positions ahead of students return

  ‘He bonded out 10 hours later’; Mother of fatal hit-and-run victim fighting for stricter laws in N.C.

  CMS Board gives superintendent authority to shift individual schools to remote learning as needed

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education has granted Superintendent Earnest Winston the authority to transition individual schools from in-person learning to remote learning as needed.

  Illness linked to sushi sold at Concord Harris Teeter locations

Multiple reports of illness have been reported in people who consumed AFC sushi purchased from Concord Harris Teeter stores, health leaders say.

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day parade to air on WBTV Thursday

The 74th Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade will be virtual (airing on WBTV) this year due to the uncertainty of COVID-19.

North Carolina certifies November general election results

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

Salisbury city manager tests positive for COVID-19

Salisbury City Manager W. Lane Bailey has recently tested positive for COVID-19, officials confirmed Tuesday.

41K+ coronavirus cases, 436 virus-related deaths reported in Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County officials are releasing more information about the coronavirus pandemic.

  Community leaders react to shooting death of 16-year-old boy in Charlotte

Investigators arrested a teen girl and charged her with murder after 16-year-old Joshua Clawson was shot and killed.

  Hundreds turn out for COVID testing at Bojangles’ Coliseum, county opens overflow testing site

Most people chose to get a test Monday in hopes they would get their results back by Thanksgiving.

  Emails raise questions about DHHS oversight of Cardinal Innovations

Emails obtained by WBTV show top regulators at N.C. Department of Health and Human Services helped Cardinal Innovations respond to concerns from Mecklenburg County and sent Cardinal an advanced copy of a response letter to the county, to which Cardinal suggested edits.

  A time for thanks, for giving life: Charlotte woman receives life-saving kidney donation from stranger

Just two working moms catching up on life and kids and such, but the truth is Celeste Brintley and Shelly Crawford had just met for the first time.

  Rock Hill masks mandate up for repeal for the fourth time

Despite this increase – Rock Hill city council will talked tonight about ending its mask mandate. This is the fourth time city council will vote on a repeal.

  CMS battle to get federally required in-person tests waived continues as COVID-19 cases rise

The battle comes as CMS reports an increase in its positive student and staff COVID cases.

  Frustration with NCDES call center persists

While the North Carolina Division of Employment Security says it’s taken steps to improve the quality, customers still call WBTV to complain consistently.

  Second child discovered in case against former Salisbury teacher charged with sex crimes

A former Rowan County teacher arrested earlier in the month on sex offenses against a child has been charged regarding a second child.

  10 more N.C. counties reach critical level of community virus spread: ‘We are in danger’

A week after rolling out North Carolina’s county alert map to identify the state’s “viral hotspots,” Gov. Roy Cooper said 10 additional counties were in the red zone, which indicates a critical state of community spread.

Davie Co. DSS worker charged with child abuse, assault in domestic incident in Rowan

A woman who works in the Department of Social Services in Davie County as a child support agent has been charged with child abuse and several other charges from an incident at her home in Rowan County.

  Teen girl charged with murder in shooting death of 16-year-old boy in Charlotte

The incident happened on Reid Avenue around 2 p.m.

  Need a COVID-19 test before Thanksgiving? Here’s where to go around Charlotte.

COVID-19 prevention tips from the CDC suggest celebrating virtually or outdoors-only, if possible. While health leaders discourage large gatherings, the holiday invariably will bring people together.

  Hospitality industry optimistic as holiday season approaches

As travelers funnel through Charlotte Douglass International Airport, businesses hope that means more revenue in the Queen City.

Trump legal team disavows association with lawyer Sidney Powell

In the days since the press conference, Powell has made additional unfounded claims to conservative networks, and her claims have even been questioned by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, after she refused to produce her evidence on the show.

Missing 91-year-old Hickory woman found safe

Helen Rockett was last seen around 2:15 p.m. walking away from the 1400 block of 9th Avenue Southeast.

  Person killed in fiery Rowan County crash

The incident occurred in the southbound lanes near mile marker 65 and Old Beatty Ford Road in the China Grove area.

Small but growing number of Republicans tell Trump it’s over: “Stop golfing and concede”

The message became louder over the weekend, after a far-fetched press conference by Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis on unfounded mass election fraud, which Trump ally and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie called a “national embarrassment.”

Silver Alert canceled for 77-year-old missing N.C. woman

Anyone with information should call the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-3112, or 911.

  Officials: Charlotte schools teacher arrested for meth possession in York County, S.C.

A teacher at a school in Charlotte has been suspended after he was charged with possession of illegal drugs in York County, police and school officials said.

  Chester Co. deputy involved in Fort Lawn, S.C. shooting

Negotiations are still underway, and the community should avoid this area.

Missing 11-year-old girl with critical medical condition found safe

Police say an 11-year-old girl who went missing over the weekend in Charlotte has been found safe.

  ‘COVID-19 is serious’: Sister of local student who died from virus complications urging everyone to follow guidelines

The sister of a local college student who died from complications related to COVID-19 is urging everyone to follow guidelines.

Texas National Guard deployed to help El Paso with morgue overflow

El Paso city and county have secured a “central morgue location to further support the Medical Examiner’s Office, funeral homes and mortuaries with additional capacity,” he said.

Nearly-empty shelves beg the question: Is Charlotte hoarding toilet paper again?

Apparently, hoarding of paper products is back ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday as the Carolinas reach near COVID-19 case peak levels of summer.

No. 15 Coastal Carolina tops Appalachian State, 34-23

The win is the Chants' first-ever win over Appalachian State in six previous tries.

Twitter will give @POTUS handle to Joe Biden on Inauguration Day

“Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021. As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration,” a spokesperson for

Crash on I-77 closes all northbound lanes

All northbound lanes are closed at this time.

  Businesses, organizations finding safe ways to offer family activities during pandemic

Despite the restrictions put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, Charlotte businesses and organizations are finding ways to offer safe, family-friendly activities for the public.

  Person seriously injured in shooting in southwest Charlotte

The incident happened on Old Pineville Road at 5:10 p.m. Officers responded and found a victim who had been shot.

  Crime Stoppers: Police trying to identify north Charlotte robbery suspect who tried to wipe away fingerprints

Detectives from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are hoping members of the public can help them identify a man who robbed a convenience store in north Charlotte last week.

  Test before turkey: People in Charlotte flocking to COVID-19 testing sites ahead of Thanksgiving

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving and some families are spending it differently than in years past.

  ‘Funny’; ’Always smiling’; School remembers life of Livingstone College student who died from COVID-19 complications

On Friday, students and staff members at Livingstone College, gathered to remember Jamesha’s life.

  SC Education Dept., State Supt. were ‘unaware’ of governor’s school testing kit announcement

According to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), there are more than 2,000 cases among students in South Carolina. and more than 900 cases among school staff.

  NC Attorney General warns of holiday season scams

With the holiday season here, watchdogs want you to be on the lookout for scammers trying to take advantage of your generosity!

4 jump and run after chase ends with car going up in flames on I-77 in S.C.

Four people jumped and ran from a scene after a chase ended with a car going up in flames on a major interstate in South Carolina.

  Charlotte food banks facing high demand during holiday season and ongoing pandemic

Food pantries across the Charlotte community are in need of more donations this year. They say because of the covid-19 pandemic, they’re serving more families than ever.Hope Street Food Pantry went from serving 50 families a week to more than 200 when the pandemic first started.Now they’re getting

11 students in off-campus COVID-19 cluster at UNC Charlotte

The university confirmed the cluster involving 11 students living in private residences through its Niner Health Check, testing and contact tracing protocols.

Iredell Co. woman accused of sex offenses with juvenile

The investigation began on Sunday, November 8, when a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in about a juvenile having been sexually assaulted.

  Death investigation underway involving 1-year-old in Salisbury

The Salisbury Police Department is conducting a death investigation involving a 1-year-old child.

  Bank of America gives $1 million to Central Piedmont for jobs initiative

Bank of America is teaming up with Central Piedmont Community College for a $1-million jobs initiative aimed at creating educational and career opportunities for students of color.

  Deadly crash closes part of I-85 southbound in Rowan County

The wreck happened just before 6 a.m. on I-85 southbound near the town of Salisbury, closing the interstate down at Exit 84.

  Charlotte residents, travelers sound off on Thanksgiving travel as CDC releases updated COVID guidelines

Charlotte residents, and travelers are sounding off about Thanksgiving travel as the CDC releases updated COVID guidelines.

  Johnson C. Smith University creates plan to curb violence in area surrounding campus

With homicides and violent crimes in Charlotte, there is a renewed push to stop the violence.

  23-year-old Livingstone College student dies from COVID-19 complications, school says

Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr. says officials learned that 23-year-old Jamesha Waddell, a senior, died Thursday morning.

  Union Co. Schools leaves new transportation center open after workers contract COVID-19, raising concerns

More concern after four staffers tested positive for COVID-19 who work at the district’s new Transportation Center.

  ‘Test before turkey’: S.C. governor, health officials emphasize COVID-19 precautions over Thanksgiving

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and health officials spoke on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and encouraged holiday safety before Thanksgiving.

  Charlotte-Douglas can’t force Covid-19 positive passengers to leave airport

One text message obtained by WBTV says “I just spoke with Jack – we legally can’t prohibit them from entering the terminal” although the person was required to follow North Carolina’s mask mandate.

  Organizations in Charlotte getting creative during pandemic to house homeless this winter

Roof Above added measures including separation barriers between beds to be able to raise the capacity at their shelter.

  New development on Beatties Ford Road promises to maintain culture while bringing opportunity

It’s a positive step for the neighborhood, but some community members worry about gentrification of the corridor.

  DHEC: ‘Vaccine distribution plan hits marks, general population possibly won’t receive for months’

Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines are the verge of federal approval. It could come as soon as December. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s assistant state epidemiologist says it could take two weeks or longer once the companies ask for it.

Man charged with child sex assault in Lincoln County, jailed under $20,000 bond

A man has been charged with child sex assault in Lincoln County and is in jail under a $20,000 bond.

  3-year-old girl ‘fighting for her life,’ man arrested after police chase leads to crash near I-85

About one minute into the chase, police say, the Camry caused a collision between two other vehicles, which resulted in serious injuries to several involved.