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Past articles by Steve:

7 cities considered an RNC bid. Almost all dropped out quickly.

The Republican National Committee said seven cities other than Charlotte North Carolina were interested in hosting the 2020 Republican National Convention. But for various reasons, almost all declined to bid. → Read More

GOP panel picks Charlotte for its 2020 convention, putting city in national spotlight

The Republican National Convention site selection committee has voted Charlotte, North Carolina, as the winner of the host city bid for the 2020 RNC, ensuring that NC will be a focal point of the next presidential campaign. → Read More

Why did council Democrats wait to oppose RNC? An inside look at Charlotte’s bid.

For months, Charlotte pursued the Republican National Convention for 2020 with little opposition from Charlotte City Council members. Why are some now opposed to the bid to host the RNC convention in North Carolina? → Read More

Charlotte gaining momentum for 2020 GOP convention, officials say

The Wall Street Journal reports that Republican officials are 'finalizing details on a deal to bring the party’s 2020 convention to Charlotte." Republicans are expected to announce a 2020 site next week in Austin. → Read More

Charlotte supports millions for Amazon, but doesn't know how much new jobs will pay

The Charlotte City Council approved last month $13.7 million in incentives for an Amazon distribution center, but city officials don't know how much the 1,500 new jobs will pay, according to a review of documents and closed session minutes. → Read More

After a Hardee's hepatitis A scare, here's what the county could do to reduce risk

After hepatitis A scare at Hardee's restaurant near Charlotte Douglas International Airport, here's what Mecklenburg County could do help reduce the risk from fast food workers. → Read More

Las Vegas is Charlotte's only competitor for GOP convention. Is it a serious challenger?

Where will the Republican National Convention be in 2020? Charlotte, NC, has presented a detailed bid, including sites for convention events. The city's only competition for the RNC convention appears to be Las Vegas. → Read More

Charlotte delegation makes pitch in DC for GOP convention: 'We have done it before'

Mayor Vi Lyles and other officials met with the Republican National Committee Thursday about the city hosting the 2020 Republican National Convention. Charlotte has been public about its bid, but no other city has stated its bidding. → Read More

LaWana Mayfield's sorry for 9/11 post but doesn't say if plane took down twin towers

Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield apologized for her Facebook post about an "alleged plane" on 9-11. But she did not say whether she believes the World Trade Center was destroyed by hijacked jets or a "controlled demolition." → Read More

Charlotte City Council member questions 9-11, asking about 'alleged plane' on Facebook

Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield raised questions about whether the 9-11 terrorist attacks were real in a social media post Monday, saying she is "still waiting for someone to produce pieces of the alleged plane." → Read More

Charlotte council member threatens to expose ‘hypocritical’ politicians using gay app

Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield wrote a tweet Sunday that suggested a candidate for public office had posted photos of their genitals on Grindr, a cellphone dating app. → Read More

DOT to make toll-lane meetings open to public

A week after holding a meeting behind closed doors, the N.C. Department of Transportation said future meetings of a Interstate 77 working group will be open. → Read More

Can a new owner move the Panthers?

In April 2013, the Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte City Council signed an agreement that called for the public to spend $87.5 million to help the team. → Read More

Mecklenburg debating whether to pay $23,000 ransom

With three hours until a 1 p.m. deadline to pay $23,000, Mecklenburg officials are still debating Wednesday morning whether to pay the ransom in order to have their computer servers and files released. → Read More

Mecklenburg computer servers held for ransom by hacker

Mecklenburg County government has been paralyzed by an unknown computer hacker after a county employee unknowingly opened an email attachment Monday that unleashed spyware and a worm into the county’s computer system. → Read More

Charlotte won't disclose Amazon bid details

Other cities have described how they would use taxpayer dollars to lure Amazon. But the amount of incentives Charlotte is offering remains unknown. → Read More

Russian troll farm infiltrated Charlotte protest, report says

A Russian troll farm reported to have recruited U.S. activists ahead of the 2016 elections was linked to a protest in Charlotte, BuzzFeed News reported. → Read More

He’s the chief’s boss. But this NC city says he can’t watch police footage of shootings.

Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones – who oversees the police department – hasn’t watched camera footage of the shootings until a judge released them. → Read More

Tiny houses coming to Charlotte at Keyo Park West development

Developer Kelvin Young's “Tiny House” community is coming to northwest Charlotte, NC. While neighbors are upset, new houses will be more affordable. → Read More

Tiny houses coming to Charlotte at Keyo Park West development

Developer Kelvin Young's “Tiny House” community is coming to northwest Charlotte, NC. While neighbors are upset, new houses will be more affordable. → Read More