Republicans pick Charlotte to host 2020 convention
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As Charlotte, North Carolina, celebrates being chosen Friday to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, an undercurrent of concern about the potential for violence runs through the Democratic-leaning city.
The GOP's national committee selected North Carolina's largest city over Las Vegas as hundreds of party activists gathered in Austin, Texas, for the committee's summer meeting.
Charlotte gets new mayor, 6 new council members all under 40
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The council of North Carolina's largest city is changing more than half its members and getting a new mayor.
The 11-member Charlotte City Council will swear in its six new members before Monday night's meeting.
New mayor Vi Lyles will also take her oath of office Monday. She is Charlotte's first female African-American mayor and beat incumbent Mayor Jennifer Roberts in September's Democratic primary.
Lyles elected as Charlotte mayor; McFarlane wins Raleigh bid
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A nearly 30-year veteran of local government was the definitive choice of voters on Tuesday and she will become the first African-American woman to run North Carolina's largest city.
Vi Lyles, Charlotte's mayor pro tem, sent out a Twitter post saying "We are victorious!" With most of the city's 168 precincts reporting unofficial returns, Lyles had 58 percent of the vote, compared to 41 percent for City Councilman Kenny Smith.
N Carolina’s 2 largest cities poised for big mayoral votes
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's largest city and its capital are preparing for mayoral elections; whoever is elected will most likely have to wrestle with the sensitive issue of gay and transgender rights.
Charlotte will elect Tuesday a new mayor to replace Jennifer Roberts. She lost the Democratic primary last month after becoming embroiled in a fight for LGBT rights. Two city council members, Democrat Vi Lyles and Republican Kenny Smith, are squaring off to replace her.
CBC Editorial: Friday, Nov. 3, 2017; Editorial # 8232<br /> The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company
“Americans are sharply divided.” It is the mantra these days from the nation’s political commentators and talking heads.
The reality is just the opposite. The vast majority of North Carolinians and Americans are united in apathy.
Last month 85 percent of Raleigh’s registered voters were united in avoiding the polls for the primary election for mayor.
Report on response to riots after police shooting criticized
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A $380,000 study of North Carolina's largest city's police department's response to two days of protests following the September 2016 fatal shooting of Keith Scott drew criticism from city leaders and activists.
News outlets report the Police Foundation presented a draft report on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's response to the Charlotte City Council on Monday.
North Carolina city council replaces prayer before meeting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina city council has temporarily ended the practice of opening its meetings with a prayer.
Local media sources report Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts told the audience at Monday's meeting of the City Council that they had been talking with attorneys to discuss several court cases and the separation of church and state.
Instead of a prayer, the council recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
Charlotte mayor unexpectedly loses Democratic primary
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The two protagonists in the battle over LGBT rights in North Carolina are now out of the political picture after a surprise in a mayoral primary on Tuesday.
Charlotte Mayor Pro Tempore Vi Lyles captured the Democratic primary, defeating Mayor Jennifer Roberts with 46 percent of the vote. Roberts got 36 percent of the vote, with State Sen. Joel Ford finishing third at 15 percent.
Mayor pro tem gets upset win in North Carolina mayor primary
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The woman who is second in command to the mayor of North Carolina's largest city is now poised to replace her after capturing a primary victory on Tuesday.
Charlotte Mayor Pro Tempore Vi Lyles defeated incumbent Mayor Jennifer Roberts in the Democratic primary, capturing 46 percent of the vote to 36 percent for Roberts. State Sen. Joel Ford was third with nearly 16 percent of the vote.
The Latest: Mayor pro tem defeats incumbent in primary
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the mayoral primary in Charlotte, North Carolina (all times local):
The woman who is second in command to the mayor of North Carolina's largest city has won a bid to replace her.
Charlotte Mayor Pro Tempore Vi Lyles defeated incumbent Jennifer Roberts in the Democratic mayoral primary on Tuesday. Before all the votes were counted, Roberts conceded the race to Lyles.
North Carolina’s largest city poised for mayoral primary
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An off-year election in North Carolina's largest city will help determine if a mayor who's been embroiled in controversies over protections for the LGBT community and her handling of a police shooting will get to vie for a second term.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Primary runoffs for partisan municipal elections — like this fall's upcoming Charlotte mayor's race — would be abolished in legislation advancing at the North Carolina House.
Bill sponsor Rep. David Lewis of Harnett County says schedule changes are needed for municipal elections, which are held in odd-numbered years. State election officials note absentee balloting rules make it impossible to certify the primary results before early voting for a runoff begins.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The mayor of North Carolina's largest city is in a dispute with the chairman of the local black political caucus over an upcoming candidate debate.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte's former mayor has been picked by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to serve on the North Carolina state panel regulating electric, water and telecommunications services and rates.
Cooper has nominated Dan Clodfelter to an eight-year term on the state Utilities Commission. The governor also late Monday announced his choice of Raleigh attorney Charlotte Mitchell for a commission seat. Cooper is nominating Commissioner ToNola Brown-Bland for another term.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two Democrats seeking to unseat the incumbent in the mayor's race in North Carolina's largest city have agreed that one of them should drop out so the other would have a chance of capturing the party primary in September.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina state senator says he's running for mayor of Charlotte this fall, hoping to unseat incumbent Jennifer Roberts.
Third-term Democratic Sen. Joel Ford announced his campaign in a video this week. He says he wants to focus on issues that unite the state's largest city, rather than divide it.
Undocumented immigrant protests interrupts Charlotte meeting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Protesters are asking the Charlotte City Council to protect undocumented immigrants who face the possibility of deportation because of a push by the Trump administration.
Media outlets report that about 200 protesters shouted down the council when it met Monday night. Council members left the dais briefly, then returned. They shouted to be heard as they voted on various issues.
After adjourning their meeting, council members met with the protesters.
Charlotte City Council rejects vote on soccer stadium
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sponsors trying to bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte are reviewing options after city council refused to vote on spending $44 million on a stadium.
Speedway Motorsports executive Mike Burch said Thursday the company is trying to determine how and whether to proceed with the effort.
A CBC Editorial: Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016; Editorial# 8099<br /> The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company
Even as we seem to be on the threshold of repealing onerous House Bill 2, that possibility seems mired in petty partisan bickering that could sink the deal.
Charlotte police to release full video in black man’s death
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in Charlotte say they will release all of the dashcam and body camera video from the fatal shooting of a black man that sparked in riots in the city.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department issued a news release Friday evening saying the department has made arrangements with the family of Keith Lamont Scott to review all the video.
The Latest: Charlotte mayor wants repeal of law on videos
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on protests following the shooting of a black man by a Charlotte police officer last week (all times local):
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts is calling on North Carolina lawmakers to repeal a new law that spells out guidelines for release of police camera and video recordings.
Use of body cams questioned after Charlotte police killings
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer in Charlotte is only the latest shooting to raise questions about how the department uses body cameras.
Six people were fatally shot since body cameras were given to all patrol officers about a year ago. But the officers who fired the fatal shots in five of those cases — including Keith Lamont Scott's — weren't using the cameras.
The Latest: Residents call for mayor, police chief to resign
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on protests following the shooting of a man by a Charlotte police officer last week (all times local):
An emotionally charged audience has called on Charlotte's mayor and police chief to resign during a forum to let people express opinions about the shooting death last week of a black man by a police officer.
More than 100 people jammed City Council chambers Monday to vent their frustrations with police after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott.
The Latest: Charlotte mayor lifts curfew
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal police shooting of a black man (all times local):
The mayor of Charlotte has lifted the curfew on the city after days of protests over the killing of a black man by police.
There have been protests every day since 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott was shot to death by Charlotte police on Tuesday.
Clinton postpones visit to Charlotte after mayor’s request
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton said Friday that the police video of the fatal shooting of a black man by Charlotte police should be released immediately as she announced and then abruptly postponed plans to make a pre-debate visit to the embattled North Carolina city.
Clinton wrote on Twitter that authorities in Charlotte should release the police video of the Keith Lamont Scott shooting "without delay. We must ensure justice & work to bridge divides."
Justice Department intervenes in Charlotte police-shooting death
CHARLOTTE – The U.S. Justice Department sent four officials to Charlotte Thursday to assist in the investigation of the officer-shooting-death of Keith Lamont Scott. His death touched off days of rioting in Charlotte that forced the governor to declare a state of emergency, and send in rifle-carry National Guard troops.
The scene was quieter Thursday night after Mayor Jennifer Roberts imposed a midnight curfew, and the streets were guarded by troops and police officers.
Latest: Obama calls mayors after police shootings, protests
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on the death of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma (all times local):
The White House says President Barack Obama has called the mayors of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, to get an update on protests after fatal shootings of black men by police officers.
Obama made calls to mayors Jennifer Roberts of Charlotte and Dewey Bartlett of Tulsa.
McCrory says HB2 compromise must rise about cheap politics
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says Democrats are to blame for not reaching a compromise that could have paved the way to repeal a state law limiting protections for LGBT people and that it will have to be decided in the courts.
Speaking to the Rotary Club in Uptown Charlotte Tuesday, McCrory said he worked without success with both legislative and local leaders to reach an agreement allowing the state to repeal House Bill 2.
Will anyone blink over North Carolina’s House Bill 2?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Republican leaders and gay-rights supporters are daring each other to clean up the mess over the state's law limiting LGBT protections against discrimination, which is crimping the state's economy as sponsors of major sporting events pull out of the state.
Charlotte mayor: Repealing HB2 up to state lawmakers
Mayor Jennifer Roberts quickly shot down on Monday any attempt to predicate a repeal of a state law many find discriminatory on the repeal of a Charlotte ordinance.
Legislative leaders over the weekend said they believe there is enough support in the House and the Senate to roll back House Bill 2 if Charlotte first rescinds a local law that requires businesses to allow transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their choosing.
The Latest: In North Carolina, who moves first on LGBT laws?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — 12:20 p.m.
Charlotte city leaders and proponents of LGBT rights held a news conference outside the government center to make another call on the N.C. General Assembly to repeal legislation limiting protections for the gay community.