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Past articles by Ben:

NC congressman says Americans will soon have 'better sense' of Chinese balloon's capabilities

On Flashpoint, Rep. Jeff Jackson says the Chinese would be "incredibly dumb" to try it again. → Read More

'They all need to be held accountable' | Sen. Tillis calls for crackdown on classified material

The North Carolina senator said the White House needs to answer about how sensitive material ended up outside of appropriate storage sites. → Read More

'An opportunity to come together' | Charlotte congresswoman sees room for agreement in divided U.S. House

On Flashpoint, Rep. Adams strikes an optimistic tone. → Read More

'Never give up on your own hopes and dreams'

18 students from Julius Chambers High School just completed a 12-week seminar on documentary filmmaking. → Read More

A 'one-third chance' of 2023 recession

On Flashpoint, UNC professor John Connaughton expects inflation will slowly drop. → Read More

'They are absolutely essential' | Charlotte group warns traffic will 'double' unless leaders act

On Flashpoint, advocacy group pens 'wish list' for prioritizing Charlotte transit in 2023. → Read More

'It's fast and furious' | Local mayors look toward explosive growth in 2023

On Flashpoint, the mayor of Concord and mayor pro tem of Gastonia discuss growth heading in 2023. → Read More

Mooresville charity fighting food insecurity, helping to educate community

Feed NC said the need is so great, it's moving into a newer, larger facility in 2023. → Read More

NC House Speaker highlights 2023 legislative agenda: Economy, Voter ID, Medicaid Expansion

On Flashpoint, Tim Moore talks about legislative priorities after Tuesday's election. → Read More

US Senate candidate Cheri Beasley on abortion: No room for Budd in that decision

On Flashpoint, Beasley supports codifying Roe v. Wade. → Read More

Grassroots group providing legal representation to immigrants

On Flashpoint, the Carolina Migrant Network explains the legal pitfalls facing immigrants. → Read More

NC rolls out suicide prevention action plan

Recently, the NC Department of Health and Human Services released a new action plan to address suicide. → Read More

Charlotte police crisis team responds to increasing mental health calls

On Flashpoint, CMPD Lt. Gallant said the crisis team is growing with community needs. → Read More

With Presidents Cup, Charlotte is attracting more leisure travelers

It comes as Charlotte is emerging as a post-pandemic destination for leisure travel, after years of being a city famous for business travel. → Read More

'It's been a roller-coaster ride' | CATS CEO addresses challenges, long-term transit plan

On Flashpoint, John Lewis talks about recent challenges at CATS and long-term transit plans. → Read More

'They should go in with a great deal of confidence'

On Flashpoint, organizers preview the North Carolina Trusted Elections town halls. → Read More

'We need more talent' | Nearly 20k jobs added in the Charlotte area in recent months

Job growth in the Charlotte region is leading the national rate in several areas including business services, financial activities, education and health services. → Read More

'Our supply is still not sufficient for our demand'

On Flashpoint, Mecklenburg County's health director says he now expects routine shipments of more vaccines. → Read More

'Abysmal turnout' | Fewer than 10% of voters expected to cast ballots in Charlotte election

On Flashpoint, a political science professor said the city's election will attract few voters. → Read More

'It begs the question, could we have done it better?'

On Flashpoint, two Charlotte city council members discuss opportunities seized and lost. → Read More