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The sales tax referendum that would have sent more money to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools was “doomed” well before Superintendent Heath Morrison resigned abruptly on the eve of Election Day, school board Chairwoman Mary McCray said Wednesday.

Mecklenburg County voters Tuesday emphatically refused a quarter-cent sales tax increase that would have raised teacher salaries.

Charlotte voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved three bonds totaling $146 million, allowing the city to make improvements to neighborhoods, build affordable housing and make transportation improvements.

North Carolina joined the rest of the nation on Tuesday with voters approving a constitutional amendment allowing those charged with a serious crime to have their cases heard by a judge, not a jury.

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