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What exactly did Russian trolls do in Charlotte? And should we care?

Any time your city is named in a federal indictment, it’s bad news. That’s exactly what happened last month when Charlotte showed up in the...

What’s happening with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and LGBTQ policy, explained

Any time a Charlotte government body takes up a policy involving LGBTQ issues, things get contentious. This was true in 2016 as the city discussed a...

What’s going on with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, explained

At this point, you’ve probably heard something about Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. The Charlotte company in a prominent South End location has been...

A hacker is holding Mecklenburg County’s computer files for ransom

A hacker has taken Mecklenburg County’s computer systems offline and is demanding to be paid a ransom to return access the files, County Manager Dena...

Home appraisals underway for what could be a significant property tax increase in 2019

As the real estate market has boomed, Charlotte homeowners have enjoyed watching their home value steadily tick up. But that rise will soon have a major effect...

Is the $922 million school bond proposal in jeopardy?

The question on the ballot will be fairly straightforward, if long-winded. Do you want Mecklenburg County to borrow $922 million to build new schools and fix...

Mecklenburg County is considering a $77 million investment in public preschool. Here’s how it would work

Mecklenburg County is in the early stages of an ambitious project to get more children in high-quality preschool programs. In the short term, it would help...

Could Charlotte move its Confederate monuments?

A white supremacist rally defending a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, has turned into a national conversation over what cities should do with...

The county just threw a huge wrench in the Major League Soccer deal

The discussions on whether and how taxpayers should fund a new stadium to house Major League Soccer were turned on their head Wednesday night....

Opioid-related deaths in Mecklenburg County are climbing. Efforts are underway to prevent them

Opioid-related deaths are on the rise nationwide, and Mecklenburg County isn’t immune. In the last decade, opioid-related deaths in the county have increased...

What went wrong at the Mecklenburg County health department?

For months, the Mecklenburg County Health Department has weathered the fallout of major missteps in how it handled medical test results for a vulnerable...

Does Mecklenburg County really need to choose either soccer or greenways?

The bid to bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte is running into a passionate but nonintuitive adversary: advocates for public parks and greenways. Why? In a...