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Drop by Drop, Prosecutor Says, Man Killed His Wife

Husband collected $250K from insurance policies

(Newser) - "They said she had a heart attack," a neighbor in the Charlotte area said. Stacy Hunsucker did have heart problems; she had a pacemaker. But a North Carolina prosecutor says that's not why she died last year. Blood that remained after an organ donation provided a clue,... More »

Barbershop Owner Pays Off Debts for 14 Students

They can now graduate from NC high school

(Newser) - A North Carolina barbershop owner has raised enough money to erase the debts of more than a dozen high school seniors who risked not graduating if they didn't pay them off, the AP reports. Season Bennett learned 14 seniors at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte wouldn't get... More »

10 Best US Cities for Business Startups

Orlando tops WalletHub's list

(Newser) - Anyone stuck in a cubicle at a dead-end job has dreamed of either hitting it big in the lottery or of starting a business—and for the latter, there are certain US cities that may be just the ticket to making that dream become reality. WalletHub examined startup opportunities in... More »

22-Year-Old UNC Shooting Suspect Is Named

Police say shooter opened fire in campus building, killing 2

(Newser) - Police have identified the suspect in a fatal campus shooting as a 22-year-old man. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police issued a statement late Tuesday identifying the suspect as Trystan Andrew Terrell. They say he's in custody with charges pending. Authorities say he used a pistol to open fire on students in a... More »

Kidnapper Chased Woman Into the Wrong Place: Cops

August Williams was arrested in Charlotte, NC

(Newser) - A North Carolina man was arrested Thursday after allegedly chasing a woman into a karate dojo—where he ran into a little trouble, CNN reports. Seems August Williams, 46, went into the Bushiken Karate Charlotte Dojo in Charlotte just as the chief instructor was cleaning up: "There were still... More »

It Was a Party Bus Celebration —Until a Window Opened

20-year-old UNC Charlotte student Polly Rogers fell, was fatally stuck by cars

(Newser) - Students at the University of North Carolina were out celebrating the end of classes Tuesday. But by 10:30pm, the revelry turned to tragedy on a party bus moving through the streets of Charlotte, NC. Police say UNC Charlotte student Polly Rogers died when she fell out of a bus... More »

Things Got Violent on a Landing Plane. Out Came the Duct Tape

FBI says Charlene Harriott, 36, was taped and zip-tied to restrain her after she became violent

(Newser) - Federal agents say an airline passenger was zip-tied and duct-taped after she ran toward the front of the plane and became violent. A criminal complaint filed in federal court says the event happened on an American Airlines flight Wednesday morning from Dallas to Charlotte, the AP reports. The Dallas Morning ... More »

A Missing Gun, a Hangover, and Now an FBI Investigation

Hangover part is an educated guess after FBI supervisor's embarrassing night

(Newser) - The New York Times has found a police report embarrassing to the FBI and to one counterterrorism supervisor in particular. It seems the unit chief tied one on while in North Carolina for training, hooked up with an "exotic dancer" at a hotel bar, took her back to his... More »

Michael Jordan Making Biggest Donation Ever to NC City

NBA star is donating $7M to open 2 medical clinics in Charlotte

(Newser) - Michael Jordan, who grew up in North Carolina, attended UNC-Chapel Hill, and now owns the Charlotte Hornets, is making his biggest ever donation—$7 million—to build two medical clinics in Charlotte. Per his rep, the NBA legend learned of a 2014 study that found children in the North Carolina... More »

The Railroad Gate Was Down. She Got Out of a Car to Lift It

Woman killed by Amtrak train in North Carolina

(Newser) - A 63-year-old woman who lifted a railroad crossing safety gate as warning lights were flashing was struck and killed by an Amtrak train. Police in Charlotte, NC, say the woman got out of an SUV on Friday night that was stopped at the gate, which was lowered with red lights... More »

To Get Into This Teacher's Class, You Need a Special Handshake

Each student gets a personalized one in Barry White Jr.'s classroom

(Newser) - We'd like to shake Barry White Jr.'s hand—mainly to praise him for his inspirational teaching methods, but also because we want our own personalized handshake. Per KGW , the fifth-grade literacy teacher at Ashley Park Elementary School in Charlotte, NC, has long been a fan of creative... More »

Teacher Allegedly Grabbed Muslim Kindergartner by Neck

Officials are investigating

(Newser) - Public school officials in Charlotte, North Carolina, are investigating allegations that a teacher mistreated a 5-year-old student because he's Muslim, the AP reports. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Wednesday that the kindergarten teacher grabbed the student by the neck at one point and another teacher had to intervene.... More »

Charlotte Girl on Police Brutality: 'I Can't Stand How We're Treated'

Charlotte's 9-year-old Zianna Oliphant wept as she delivered her speech

(Newser) - The shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott last week hit hard in Charlotte, NC. But someone who's feeling particular distress over it is young Zianna Oliphant, who spoke at a Charlotte City Council meeting Monday evening, addressing a hushed room with tears streaming down her cheeks as she spoke... More »

Gun Allegedly Found on Keith Scott Was Stolen: Sources

And the man who allegedly stole it claims he sold it to Scott

(Newser) - "Multiple sources" tell WBTV the gun Charlotte police say they found on Keith Scott after he was fatally shot by an officer had been reported stolen. Not only that, but sources say the man who allegedly stole the gun in a burglary claims he sold it to Scott. Scott... More »

Charlotte Police Release Video of Shooting

It does not show Keith Scott pointing a weapon

(Newser) - In a reversal of course, police in Charlotte on Saturday released bodycam and dashcam footage from the fatal shooting of Keith Scott. (See it here via the Washington Post .) In addition to the video, police also released a photo of the gun they say was spotted in Scott's... More »

Family of Keith Scott Releases Video of Charlotte Shooting

The video was taken by Scott's wife, Rakeyia Scott

(Newser) - The public received its first look at footage of the shooting death of Keith Scott at the hands of Charlotte police when lawyers for his family released cellphone video Friday showing the moments before and after he was killed, NBC News reports. The video was taken by Rakeyia Scott and... More »

NC Lawmaker: Charlotte Protesters 'Hate White People'

Rep. Robert Pittenger has apologized after accusations of racism

(Newser) - A congressman has apologized for his eye-raising comments about the protesters in Charlotte during a TV interview Thursday, but that's hardly quelling accusations of racism. Asked about the protesters, Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger—who represents North Carolina's ninth congressional district, which covers parts of Charlotte—told BBC Newsnight... More »

Charlotte Cop Videos Raise 'More Questions Than Answers'

City is calmer on 3rd night of protests

(Newser) - Relatives of Charlotte man Keith Lamont Scott have seen police body camera videos from the scene of his shooting—and reached a very different conclusion from police. Family attorney Justin Bamberg tells the Charlotte Observer that the family has "more questions than answers" after seeing the videos, which he... More »

Charlotte Police: No 'Definitive' Video Proof Man Pointed Gun

Family and neighbors have said Keith Scott was unarmed when shot by officer

(Newser) - Body camera footage from the scene shows no proof Keith Scott pointed a gun at anybody before being shot and killed by an officer Tuesday in Charlotte, the Charlotte Observer reports. "The video does not give me absolute, definitive visual evidence that could confirm that a person is pointing... More »

State of Emergency Declared in Charlotte

'My heart bleeds for what our great city is going through'

(Newser) - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency Wednesday night in Charlotte after a second night of protests over the police shooting of a black man turned violent and the city's police chief said he needed the help. A peaceful prayer vigil turned into an angry march... More »

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