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Charleston, SC, United States

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Past articles by Michael:

SC Gov. McMaster poised to sign bill to bring Carolina Panthers to Rock Hill

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will sign legislation on June 5, 2019, to bring the Carolina Panthers football operations and training facilities from Charlotte to Rock Hill in York County. → Read More

UNC Charlotte shooting survivor plans to walk across the stage for her diploma

Emily Houpt, who survived a shooting in a UNC Charlotte classroom, remained hospitalized but vows to attend her graduation ceremony, Chancellor Phil Dubois said. Two other students died. → Read More

UNC Charlotte shooting survivor plans to walk across the stage for her diploma

Emily Houpt, who survived a shooting in a UNC Charlotte classroom, remained hospitalized but vows to attend her graduation ceremony, Chancellor Phil Dubois said. Two other students died. → Read More

Panthers eyeing S.C. site along I-77 for expansion, Rock Hill mayor says

The Carolina Panthers are considering a tract along I-77 in Rock Hill for their training facility, headquarters and related development, Mayor John Gettys says. → Read More

Ex-Charlotte pastor bilked churches and owned Ferraris. Now, he’s going to prison.

A former Charlotte-area pastor promised to help his followers manage their wealth according to God’s principles. Now he’s going to prison for trying to hide lavish lifestyle from the IRS. → Read More

Florence’s toll: Infant killed by tree, 1-year-old swept away, killed by floodwaters

As rains from Florence tapered off Monday, Mecklenburg, Charlotte and surrounding counties dealt with the lingering effects of flooding. Duke Energy warned of flooding around several of its lakes by Monday evening. → Read More

A mother and her son turned up for a domestic-violence case. Then ICE arrested them.

A Charlotte mother and son involved in a domestic-violence dispute were arrested in the Mecklenburg courthouse by federal immigration officers. → Read More

Prayer delivery may change at many NC government meetings after Supreme Court action

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Thursday to review a lower court ruling that found Rowan County, NC, commissioners' practice of saying Christian prayers before their public meetings violated the U.S. Constitution. → Read More

They dreamed of adventure in their new RV. But, they say, they got geysers of sewage.

Bill and Jennie Mangan dreamed of joining the migration of retirees living and traveling in RVs. But two years of chronic problems with the vehicle, they say, have driven them off the road. This week, they sued the company that built their RV. → Read More

NC doctor traded drugs for sex with patient whose kids were in the room, feds say

A Charlotte-area doctor traded sex for heavy prescription drugs, then billed taxpayers for his office trysts, new federal documents say. → Read More

Transgender inmate sues to practice witchcraft at notorious all-male N.C. prison

One of North Carolina's most violent prisons is now the subject of a religious liberty lawsuit filed by a transgender witch. Jennifer Jasmaine has sued Lanesboro Correctional Institution, claiming she is being denied the right to practice her religion, witchcraft. → Read More

Juror explains $100,000 judgment in police shooting death of man with mental illness

Family of Charlotte man shot by police awarded $100,000 → Read More

NC yoga teacher accused of sex harassment responds on Instagram wearing only a towel

The owner of Charlotte Yoga has been accused of sexual harassment by two ex-employees. Before a meeting to talk about the allegations, Kyle Conti used Instagram to post a bathroom selfie of him wearing only a towel. → Read More

Lawsuit over 2013 police shooting of Charlotte man goes to jury

The lawsuit over the police shooting death of Spencer Mims goes to the jury Monday. Mims, who had a history of mental problems, was killed on his porch in January 2013 as he approached an officer with a box-cutter. His family says police escalated the confrontation. → Read More

Expert: Police acted reasonably in shooting mentally ill man; family attorney scoffs

An expert witness in the lawsuit over the 2013 police shooting death of Spencer Mims III said in court on Thursday, April 4, that police acted reasonably in the confrontation with the mentally ill Charlotte man. → Read More

Ex-Myers Park teacher testifies police shooting of his son 'didn't have to happen'

The father of Spencer Mims III says his son's fatal shooting by police in 2013 was unnecessary. On Wednesday, an expert witness testified that two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers escalated the confrontation that led to Mims' death. → Read More

Officer says Charlotte man kept coming with box-cutter before he shot and killed him

Spencer Mims III was shot and killed on his front porch due to a series of mistakes by panicked police, an attorney for his family said in the opening of a lawsuit tied to the death. But the police officer who shot him said Mims had a box-cutter raised as he approached. → Read More

Doctor was ‘obsessed’ with Hornets dancers. He hired and harassed them, lawsuits say.

Charlotte eye doctor Jonathan Christenbury faces multiple lawsuits from former female employees alleging harassment and other workplace complaints. This week, a judge ruled that Christenbury’s bankruptcy won’t block one of the harassment cases. → Read More

NC man sues Expedia over Charleston hotel room after beach trip hits snag

A Charlotte man has sued travel giant Expedia, claiming that on his anniversary night, a company representative pressured him to book a Charleston motel room at a rate inflated by a hidden handling fee. Frank Moreno wants $250,000 in damages. → Read More

Indictment: Charlotte protest linked to Russian conspiracy

The Russian nationals named Friday in Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s indictment targeted Charlotte and North Carolina in their conspiracy to sow political upheaval, prosecutors say. → Read More