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The president of a paving company accused of defrauding state and federal governments on $87 million in contracts for road projects pleaded guilty Thursday morning.

North Carolina was prepared to offer Toyota up to $107 million worth of incentives to lure the automaker’s North American headquarters to Charlotte, documents obtained by the Observer show.

The Catawba County district attorney has filed a motion to seek the death penalty against the man accused of killing a Newton-Conover counselor Maggie Daniels. Meanwhile, search warrants reveal new details about the case.

A federal jury decided Thursday that a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer used excessive force in the 2011 death of a man who died after being twice shocked by the officer’s Taser.

Outside auditors hired by the city found lax oversight at Charlotte Douglas International Airport with missing documentation, a lack of written policies and, in one case, an ambiguously calculated lease that could have cost the airport $1 million.

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We can expect temperatures in the 90s, increasing humidity and a daily chance of thunderstorms from Sunday into next week.

Mother says another student attacked her 15-year-old daughter, a developmentally disabled student at Wolf School.

But the retailer didn't offer any specifics on what it plans to do following Family Dollar’s rejection of its bid.

But who do they blame?

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Tony Stewart will return to the track for this week’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, three weeks after being involved in a fatal incident at a dirt track in New York.

The NFL will strengthen penalties against players convicted of domestic violence-related charges. How that affects Panthers DE Greg Hardy’s case is unclear.

You'll have to excuse the Panthers QB if he's a little groggy in tonight's exhibition.

Who will be better in 2014, Kelvin Benjamin (Carolina) or second-year wide receivers DeAndre Hopk...

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The Tar Heels have suspended four players from Saturday's season opener for violating team rules.

Kalif Phillips recognizes the feeling he’s had as the Charlotte 49ers’ football opener Thursday against Campbell has drawn closer.

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