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Newly released records: What Charlotte did to land an MLS team

City leaders met behind closed doors to discuss negotiations with David Tepper to bring a Major League Soccer team to Charlotte in 2019. Driving the news:...

Stimulus aid for foster youth failed to reach most who were eligible

Editor’s note: Axios is using the name Stella as an alias to protect her safety from a troubling family situation.  Stella had just found an apartment...

Fast-growing Mecklenburg is officially no longer NC’s biggest county

Unsurprising to anyone who’s experienced traffic here recently, the Charlotte area was one of the fastest-growing parts of the state over the last...

Scoop: Memos show top city staff at odds over Comprehensive Plan

The city’s economic development director wants the planning director to change several sections of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, according to memos...

Proposed city budget includes fee hikes and increased spending on CMPD

Charlotte city manager Marcus Jones proposed a $2.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2022 that includes a small increase in fees for services like water and...

Will North Carolina ever raise its minimum wage?

The recent effort to include a $15 minimum wage in the coronavirus relief bill ultimately failed. But states and cities still can and do set their own pay...

Relief bill includes nearly $420 million for Mecklenburg’s governments

This story was last updated at 12:30pm on Thursday, March 11, to include quotes from state and local officials. North Carolina is in line to receive $9...

Latinos hope 2021 brings representation on city council

Latinos make up a growing share of Charlotte’s population, but the city has never had a Latino member on city council. Why it matters: More than 14% of...

Could the ‘troubling’ confederate flags on North Carolina license plates be coming to an end?

Editor’s note: This story was update on Feb. 1. As of Jan. 1, 2021, the N.C. DMV is no longer issuing confederate flags on specialty license plates. The...

It impacts everything from bus routes to new grocery stores. Here’s why you should care about the census

If you care about getting grocery stores in your neighborhood, having access to public transit, and seeing federal funding go to your schools, you should fill...

North Carolina could close its ABC stores and privatize liquor sales, but Mecklenburg County isn’t on board

N.C. lawmakers are considering a new bill that would dismantle the state’s Prohibition-era monopoly on the sale of liquor. But Mecklenburg County...

Charlotte homeowners could face triple-whammy on their tax bill

For the past half-decade, Charlotte homeowners have enjoyed some stability in their tax bills. That will almost certainly be coming to an end. In 2019,...