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Past articles by Ben:

Flashpoint: Little rest for Dan Bishop before next campaign

Democrats already have their eyes on 2020; filing for next year's race in the 9th District starts in December. → Read More

Why Charlotte Pride is in August and not June like everywhere else

Why does Charlotte celebrate Pride in August instead of June like almost everyone else? We take a look at the origin of the city's biggest annual parade. → Read More

Flashpoint preview: Teen violence on the rise

"We gotta make them realize, look, don't let what oughta be a fist fight, be a gunfight. It will forever change the course of your life." → Read More

Flashpoint Preview: It's the battle of the "Dans" in the 9th Congressional District race

Experts say now it's a race to the center as Dan McCready tries to distance himself from Washington liberals. → Read More

Report: Charlotte ranks 5th in U.S. population growth

The Mecklenburg County Community Pulse Report highlighted the booming population, exploding job market and increased diversification of the Charlotte area. → Read More

Speculation sparks over potential candidates in new 9th District primary

We already know Democrat Dan McCready is running again, but it's unclear who will run on the Republican ticket in the special election. → Read More

Evidentiary hearing begins in NC 9th District election

The election results have been in question since November, leaving the district without a representative in Congress. The former board of elections refused to certify the results after allegations of fraud were reported in Bladen County. → Read More

Charlotte mayor forms immigrant outreach committee following ICE arrests

According to a memo sent by Mayor Vi Lyles, the city's 40,000 immigrants developed a fear of city government after a multiple undocumented immigrants were arrested by federal agents. → Read More

Charlotte leaders thrilled with SunTrust-BB&T merger

The Queen City's second banking headquarters is expected to have a huge impact on the local economy in a growing city. → Read More

Mayfield defends herself after her removal from state board

City Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield is defending old statements after renewed scrutiny. → Read More

North Carolina guests who will be at the State of the Union

When President Trump addresses the nation Tuesday night, there will be plenty of familiar faces from North Carolina in attendance. → Read More

Study: Leaving Facebook makes you happier

Does scrolling through Facebook stress you out? Deleting your account might be good for you. → Read More

CMS schools adopt suicide prevention program

Hough and Providence are the first schools in North Carolina to implement the Sources of Strength initiative, which is designed to promote mental health awareness and social support in school. → Read More

Don't leave these items in your cold car

With another night of frigid temperatures expected, leaving your everyday items in the car could cause permanent damage. → Read More

Mangum embracing new role as CMS Police Chief

"We're doing absolutely everything we can to keep our kids safe. We're constantly revising our safety plans and we're practicing safety drills." → Read More

Grocery delivery wars: Amazon Prime vs Publix's Instacart

Are you too busy to find time to make a trip to the grocery store? Lucky for you, there's a long line of companies offering grocery delivery to your doorstep. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: LaWana Mayfield apologizes for sharing 9/11 conspiracy theory

Charlotte City Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield said she's sorry for a controversial Facebook post linking to an article supporting a 9/11 conspiracy theory, saying "I apologize for the hurt and pain that was created" by the post. → Read More

Olympians in Charlotte? Skiers visit NC for surprising reason

The United States Olympic Alpine Ski Team is hoping to bring home gold from the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. But what many aren't aware of is part of their winning strategy was tested right here in the Charlotte area. → Read More

It's the season of giving, so don't forget those service providers

Dont forget your dog walker this holiday season! Etiquette experts says its a good idea to give a little extra money to postal carriers, garbage collectors, teachers, daycare providers, and bus drivers. But according to Consumer Reports, 39 percent of Americans dont give service providers a holiday tip. → Read More

Alma Adams shows her massive hat collection

A Charlotte congresswoman known for her fashion gives NBC Charlotte's Ben Thompson an exclusive look at her massive hat collection. → Read More