Thursday's recap of top DNC stories

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CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 06: Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama walks on stage to join First lady Michelle Obama during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC, which concludes today, nominated U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

There are a lot of stories to come out of the final day of the historic Democratic National Convention.  Here are just some of the best from Thursday's action.

Obama: Recovery path hard, challenge 'can be met'


President Barack Obama conceded only halting progress Thursday night toward fixing the nation's stubborn economic woes, but vowed in a Democratic National Convention finale, "Our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met."

"Yes, our path is harder -- but it leads to a better place," he declared in a prime-time speech to convention delegates and the nation that blended resolve about the challenges ahead with stinging criticism of Republican rival Mitt Romney's proposals to repair the economy.

Read the entire story here.

Check out the president’s speech in photos here.

Read the full text of Obama’s speech here.


Giffords inspires crowd


Gabrielle Giffords has inspired the cheering delegates at the Democratic National Convention by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

The former Arizona congresswoman came to the stage Thursday night, walking with a distinct limp as she received a standing ovation. Convention spectators had tears in their eyes when she finished. She smiled broadly and waved enthusiastically to the audience as they chanted, "Gabby, Gabby."

Read the entire story here.


Charlotte man charged with threatening the president


A 21-year-old Charlotte man has been arrested by the Secret Service for allegedly posting threats to kill President Barack Obama on Twitter.

Authorities said Donte Jamar Sims was detained Wednesday. The Secret Service says Sims posted messages including one that said, "Ima Assassinate president Obama this evening!" on Monday morning, two days before Obama arrived in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention.

Read the entire story here.


Hagan, Dalton begin last night of DNC in NC

A bevy of North Carolina elected officials kicked off Thursday's final night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, highlighting the state's history and urging voters to help President Barack Obama carry the battleground state again.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan gave the first address late in the afternoon at the Time Warner Cable Arena, where Obama's scheduled acceptance speech was moved after the threat of storms prompted convention officials to abandon plans to have it at Bank of America Stadium.

Read the entire story here.


Eyewitness News exclusive interviews

Channel 9 anchors got to interview some pretty influential people in the political and news media business on the final day of the DNC.  Check out some of the best:

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx speaks to Channel 9 - WATCH here

Diane Sawyer sits down with Erica Bryant and Blair Miller - WATCH here

George Stephanopoulos sits down with Channel 9 - WATCH here

Channel 9 speaks to Cokie Roberts - WATCH here