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News and weather for Charlotte, North Carolina: More news, in less time. Updated weekday mornings from the Wake Up Charlotte team at WCNC Charlotte.

News and weather for Charlotte, North Carolina: More news, in less time. Updated weekday mornings from the Wake Up Charlotte team at WCNC Charlotte.


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News and weather for Charlotte, North Carolina: More news, in less time. Updated weekday mornings from the Wake Up Charlotte team at WCNC Charlotte.






Gun found in student's book bag on first day of school in Lancaster County: Tuesday, Aug. 16

After receiving a tip, administrators at South Middle School in Lancaster, South Carolina, found a gun in a student's book bag on Monday, the Lancaster County School District confirmed Monday afternoon. This comes as students in Lancaster County head back to school Monday. According to a news release from the district, after receiving the tip from another person who saw the pistol, the student was taken out of class and detained, then the pistol was recovered. The Lancaster County Sheriff's...


South Carolina goes back to school

Happy first day of school, South Carolina! Thousands of students in our area will wake up Monday morning and head back to the classroom for the new school year. Indira Eskieva joins Wake Up Charlotte To Go from Rock Hill, where pay raises and better incentives led to the hiring of nearly 200 new teachers. We hear from some of those teachers, who discuss why Rock Hill offers a lot to educators who were considering a major change in life. Tradesha Woodard is in Lancaster, where district...


David Tepper plans to sell Rock Hill team HQ site, pay back creditors, company says: Friday, Aug. 12

GT Real Estate, one of multiple companies owned by Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper, submitted a plan to pay back creditors in the failed Rock Hill Panthers HQ project. Under a reorganization plan submitted in court on Thursday morning, Tepper's other company, DT Sports Holding, will make $82 million available in cash under a Plan Sponsor Agreement with GT Real Estate. The plan includes paying contractors who worked on the site $60.5 million, as well as paying York County $21.165...


NASCAR Productions moving to Concord from Uptown Charlotte: Thursday, Aug. 11

NASCAR announced it is moving its NASCAR Productions operations to a new state-of-the-art facility in Concord. The new 58,000-square foot studio will be built on the land adjacent to the NASCAR R&D Center, which is across Derita Road from the airport in Concord. The move comes months after Cabarrus County officials approved an incentives package designed to bring NASCAR Productions to Concord. NASCAR confirmed the new facility will house 125 NASCAR Productions and Motor Racing Network...


Court battle over NC abortion rules continues as state AG's staff asks judge not to restore 20-week ban: Wednesday, Aug. 10

There's a new development in the battle over abortion in our state. The procedure is legal in North Carolina but a lawsuit seeks to reinstate a 1973 ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The State Attorney General's Office asked a federal judge Monday not to reinstate the ban. Last month, Judge William Osteen with the Middle District of North Carolina said his previous injunction on the 20-week ban "may now be contrary to law" after the Supreme Court struck down Roe V. Wade. READ MORE:...


Father, son get life for hate crime in Ahmaud Arbery’s death: Tuesday, Aug. 9

Months after they were sentenced to life in prison for murder, the three white men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery in a Georgia neighborhood faced a second round of criminal penalties Monday for federal hate crimes committed in the deadly pursuit of the 25-year-old Black man. U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood scheduled back-to-back hearings to individually sentence each of the defendants, starting with Travis McMichael, who shot Arbery with a shotgun after the street chase...


'An absolute tragedy': Police searching for at least 2 suspects after 9 people hurt in Cincinnati shooting: Monday, Aug. 8

Police are searching for at least two suspects after nine people were injured in a shooting in Cincinnati’s Over-The-Rhine neighborhood early Sunday morning. Officers were called to the 1300 block of Main Street near downtown shortly before 1:40 a.m. following reports of a disorderly crowd. Police said two groups started fighting while officers were clearing the crowd from the street. At least two individuals involved in the altercation pulled out firearms and exchanged multiple rounds of...


'Breonna Taylor should be alive today'; 4 former, current LMPD officers charged in FBI investigation: Friday, Aug. 5

The Federal Bureau of Investigations has arrested four current and former Louisville Metro Police officers in relation to Breonna Taylor's death. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday charges include violating Taylor's civil rights, unlawful conspiracies, unconstitutional use of force, and obstruction offenses. The officers charged include former LMPD detectives Joshua Jaynes and Brett Hankison, and current LMPD Sgt. Kyle Meany and detective Kelly Goodlett. LMPD Police...


Attorney General Josh Stein, democratic leaders vow to fight for abortion rights in NC: Thursday, Aug. 4

Since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, North Carolina is one of few states in the South where abortions are legal for up to 20 weeks, but in a press conference with fellow Democrats, Attorney General Josh Stein says that could change depending on which party leads the state after the November elections. Stein said more than 30% of people making appointments at abortion facilities in North Carolina are from out of state. Wednesday, the attorney general vowed to continue fighting to protect laws...


Rock Hill asks judge to dismiss allegations in York County lawsuit over Panthers team HQ: Wednesday, Aug. 3

The city of Rock Hill is asking a judge to dismiss it as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by York County earlier this summer over the Panthers' failed training camp and headquarters. In the lawsuit, York County says it lost millions of dollars when the project collapsed after Rock Hill failed to issue bonds for the construction. The county is seeking damages from David Tepper's companies and the city of Rock Hill, blaming them for the project's demise. Rock Hill failed to issue $225 million in...


Monkeypox now spreading locally in Mecklenburg County, health director says: Tuesday, Aug 2.

Health officials announced there are now 33 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Mecklenburg County, nearly doubling last week's case count of 18. During a news conference Monday, county health leaders said the Mecklenburg County Health Department will receive an extra 2,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine. There are approximately 1,800 people on the waiting list to be vaccinated. Monday's update also revealed there has been local transmission of monkeypox in Mecklenburg County. Health Director...


Biden tests positive for COVID-19 again in rare 'rebound' case: Monday, Aug. 1, 2022

Days after ending his COVID-19 isolation, President Joe Biden has tested positive for the virus again, his physician said Saturday. Biden's treatment included a five-day course of Paxlovid, an antiviral drug used to treat COVID-19 that has helped prevent more severe illness. His physician said Biden is one of a small percentage of Paxlovid patients who "rebound" and test positive again. "After testing negative on Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning, Thursday morning and Friday morning, the...


Republicans push to reinstate North Carolina's 20-week abortion ban

Republican lawmakers in the North Carolina General Assembly are calling on a federal judge to reinstate North Carolina's 20-week abortion ban. It's the latest decision from conservatives to restrict abortion access in North Carolina, which is one of the only states in the South to allow abortion. Meanwhile, Democrats have pledged to fight for women's right to choose. Tradesha Woodard will have the latest on the motion to reinstate the ban and what could be next ahead of midterm elections. A...


Body camera footage of controversial Gastonia arrest to be released: Thursday, July 28

A hearing Wednesday ended with a key decision to release the body camera video of Joshua Rohrer's October 2021 arrest by Gastonia Police. In North Carolina, a judge has the power to tell the police to share the video with the public. Months after the arrest went viral, the video will now be released to the public. Joshua Rohrer was arrested on charges of panhandling and resisting arrest in October. According to Rohrer, his service dog Sunshine Rae was shot with a stun gun during the...


Construction worker electrocuted at Charlotte airport: Wednesday, July 27

A construction worker at Charlotte Douglas International Airport died when they were electrocuted over the weekend, officials said. The North Carolina Department of Labor confirmed the incident happened around midnight Sunday. A spokesperson for the NCDOL said the worker was an employee of Rosendin Electric. An investigation surrounding the incident is underway by the Occupational Safety and Health Division. NCDOL officials said it may take several months to complete the investigation. The...


Attempt to block South Carolina's 6-week abortion law to be heard in court: Tuesday, July 26.

Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, Greenville Women’s Clinic, and two physicians have filed suit against the state of South Carolina, Attorney General Alan Wilson and others who would impose the six-week abortion ban that comes in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Rove vs. Wade.The new six-week abortion ban prohibits abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat and carries felony criminal penalties and civil liability for those performing an abortion. The lawsuit...


Company behind Charlotte odor violated Meck. County's objectionable odor rule: Monday, July 25.

The company behind a natural gas odor that was reported all across Charlotte on July 14 said it violated Mecklenburg County's 'objectionable odor rule.' In a statement, Legacy Environmental Services said it was "informed of a Notice of Objectionable Odor from Mecklenburg County Air Quality." The company said it is cooperating with the county to complete its investigation. The natural gas odor was reported in NoDa, Uptown and South End, among other parts of Charlotte. Multiple buildings in...


Property taxes expected to increase in Mecklenburg County next year: Friday, July 22

Many are in search of their dream home -- a place to plant roots with a street to raise their children on. But that dream could become a nightmare for some. In just a few months, the Mecklenburg County Assessor's Office will lay out the new property taxes after revaluation. In short, you will find out how much you'll pay just to live there. For the latest breaking news, weather and traffic alerts, download the WCNC Charlotte mobile app. In 2019, we saw a big hike in property taxes. When this...


Tepper Sports drops another major project: Thursday, July 21

Charlotte FC's club academy facility will not be housed at the Eastland mall, at least for now. Tepper Sports & Entertainment (TSE), which owns Charlotte FC as well as the Carolina Panthers, announced they no longer had plans to be involved with the redevelopment of the Eastland Mall. "After a great deal of consideration, the timeline for the Eastland project posed challenges that led us to research expedited alternatives," Tepper Sports said in a statement. "We continue to work towards a...


Alma Adams arrested while protesting for abortion rights outside Supreme Court, staff says: Wednesday, July 20.

Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C., was arrested Tuesday afternoon while protesting for abortion rights and reproductive justice at the Supreme Court, her staff announced on Twitter. Adams tweeted earlier in the day that she would be participating in a protest for reproductive freedom and abortion rights with fellow members of the Democratic Women's Caucus. "We will not be silent as our fundamental rights are under attack," Adams tweeted. Adams issued a statement following the incident, calling the...