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Four teams from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are among eight area squads qualifying for the state championships in the Twelve event, sponsored by the N.C. Association for Scholastic Activities. Twelve is an academic competition testing students’ knowledge of core curriculum subjects.

A young boy died Friday night in an accident at a Fort Mill home.

Forecasters said areas to the south and east of Charlotte could be at risk of severe thunderstorms Sunday evening if a pocket of cool air across the region erodes.

Two young men who escaped from a North Carolina prison are back in custody after nearly a week on the loose.

Firefighters responded to a house fire early Sunday in east Charlotte, Charlotte Fire Capt. Jackie Gilmore said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have turned to secret cellphone surveillance to help investigate high-profile cases, including the murder of missing teacher Bianca Tanner and the "ski mask" rape cases from the late 1970s, documents show. But such tracking is under intense scrutiny after the newly released records raised questions about whether police and prosecutors properly disclosed how they pursued suspects. Experts also question whether documents police use to seek permission from the court are too vague.

Frankie Noles was taken into custody Saturday afternoon near Marion, about 24 hours after Jacob Pilkington was captured by authorities.

One man was found shot to death in the Westerly Hills area and another seriously wounded on North Tryon Street just north of the Brookshire Freeway.

The shooting took place last Dec. 6 outside a convenience store on Beatties Ford Road at LaSalle Street in northwest Charlotte.

Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry’s staff says her agency has little to do with handling labor violations in North Carolina. Critics say there’s far more she could and should do to crack down on unscrupulous employers.

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