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Heath Morrison said Wednesday that he kept proper records of his travel and expenses as superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, despite allegations to the contrary made by a former colleague.
An academic study completed last week projects the monetary damage caused by the coal ash spill in the Dan River in February could exceed $300 million.
If adults aren't careful, children younger than 4 can swallow small batteries meant for toys and appliances, resulting in injuries or death, the state insurance department said. The National Capital Poison Center says poison control centers across the United States report more than 3,500 cases of swallowed button batteries annually.

Power was restored Wednesday evening to more than 4,500 Duke Energy customers affected by an outage in east Charlotte and portions of Mint Hill and Matthews, officials said.

For the eighth year in a row, Charlotte’s Skyland Restaurant will offer free hot Thanksgiving Day meals – with turkey, tea and all the trimmings – to about 3,000 people who would otherwise go hungry.

A licensed social worker from Charlotte pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiring to defraud Medicaid of at least $4.3 million – one of three unrelated similar schemes, prosecutors said.

Investigators said suspect Henry Blankenship has a lengthy criminal history and recently had been released in 2012 after serving 23 years in prison for a second-degree murder conviction.

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