More Carolina Thread Trail Miles Open In 2019 - But There's Still Lots To Go

A new greenway stretches behind the homes and shops of the Antiquity neighborhood in Cornelius. At the trailhead is a large, elevated walkway that slopes down to a paved, half-mile trail. Eileen Hume and her husband, Darin, were taking a morning walk on the trail recently.

Energy & Environment Reporting

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Opponents Turn Out For Hearing On Duke Energy Rate Increase

Opponents of Duke Energy’s request for a proposed 6% rate increase in Western North Carolina dominated a public hearing in Charlotte on Thursday night. Even before the hearing got started, activists from several groups protested outside the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, chanting slogans like, "Duke gets bailed out, we get sold out!" and "Their pockets get thicker, our children get sicker!" Kate Lewin is a local high school student and a climate activist. She came to the protest and attended t

NC Had Fourth Largest Environment Funding Cuts In Country

A new report says North Carolina had the fourth highest budget cuts in the country over the last decade when it comes to environmental protection. Between 2008 and 2018, North Carolina’s state government cut funding for its environmental agency’s programs meant to reduce air and water pollution by 34%. Funding went from $136.3 million to $90 million dollars, when adjusting for inflation. The state also cut its staff levels by 35%. That data comes in a new report by the Environmental Integrity P

Uptown Charlotte's Protected Bike Lane On Track, But Not Fast Enough For Cyclists

Cyclists would love to not worry about being hit by vehicles. And drivers would love to not worry about hitting cyclists. Charlotte planners believe a protected bike lane project will make everyone happier and safer on uptown's roads. Stephanie Bercht is a designer who works uptown. She commutes to work by bike every day — she says there’s no bad day to bike. You just need to be prepared. As prepared as Bercht is, she still gets scared on her commute into uptown. "You’re like constantly worrie

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Mecklenburg DA: 20 Homicide Cases Will Be Brought To Trial In 2020

Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather outlined his office’s priorities for the year, after Charlotte recorded 107 homicides in 2019. Wednesday's press conference was the first Merriweather has done specifically at the start of a new year to detail what priorities he would focus on. The district attorney listed four broad priorities, each with multiple parts to them. First, he committed to bringing 20 homicide cases to trial this year. That's up from 13 cases tried last year.

Mecklenburg County Donates $125K To Save Jim Crow-Era Siloam School

A historic Jim Crow-era school building that educated African American children has received a large donation for its transformation into a museum exhibit. The donation for the Siloam School came from the Mecklenburg County government. Chairman of the County Commission George Dunlap, Comissioner Susan Harden and County Manger Dena Diorio presented a check for $125,000 to staff of the Charlotte Museum of History on Tuesday morning. Fannie Flono chairs the Museum’s committee to preserve the scho

Panthers Will Continue To Develop Kyle Allen After Tough Loss To Falcons

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Sunday's disappointing performance by quarterback Kyle Allen does not mean that backup Will Grier is going to get more consideration for playing time. Rivera says the team remains committed to developing Allen. "You know, it’s tough, it’s a fine balance, in terms of developing young quarterbacks when you’ve got two of them," Rivera said. "But you’ve got to make sure your starter’s getting the bulk of the work." Allen threw four interceptions in Sunday's 29-3 home

Matthews Police Charge Driver In Aldi Hit-And-Run Death

Matthews police said they have charged a driver with first-degree murder for a hit-and-run Monday that killed a 79-year-old woman. Vira Nahorna died after she was struck by a vehicle outside the Aldi supermarket in Matthews. Matthews police chief Clark Pennington spoke Friday afternoon about what investigators learned about the woman charged, 54-year-old Sawan Alshabani. "In fact, the suspect in this case not only intentionally struck Ms. Nahorna, but attempted to strike at least four other pe