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Charlotte could gain from fiber optic network already in place in Salisbury

AT&T and Google are eyeing Charlotte to possibly launch high-speed fiber optic networks. It's technology that's been available to homes and businesses in Salisbury since 2010. Things move quickly during lunchtime at the Sidewalk Deli. That is a big part of the reason Owner Rick Anderson-McCombs said he hopped at ...

CMPD researching technology to combat cellphone thefts

The number of cellphones stolen over the last year has nearly doubled nationwide. Elizabeth Toney knows how bad the problem is. She said someone once stole her cellphone right out of her toddler's hands at a local mall. "I was sad, upset that a person would take a phone from ...

Million Youth March organizers work to raise more funds

The Million Youth March of Charlotte will be pushed back for a few months as organizers work to raise more money.   The march and rally was scheduled to happen at the end of May, but organizers said it's now scheduled for August.   The group said it's still trying ...

Former Patrick Cannon campaign aide speaks out on investigation

Amani Abdul issued a statement to Eyewitness News Thursday, wanting to make several things clear. She said she hasn't done anything wrong or illegal and said she wasn't involved in the investigation into former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon. She also said she was not romantically involved with Cannon. SPECIAL SECTION: ...

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Take these steps to protect yourself from Heartbleed vulnerability

Tech experts are being flooded with calls from people and businesses concerned about Heartbleed, a software vulnerability impacting countless websites leaving millions of usernames and passwords exposed.   "Eighty percent of all websites on the Internet period were affected by this vulnerability," ethical hacker Gregory Richardson said. Heartbleed affects Open ...

National poll credits Affordable Care Act with low rate of uninsured

This week, a national non-partisan poll found the number of people without health insurance is at its lowest level in six years. The Gallup poll credits the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, with helping millions of Americans get health insurance. Eyewitness News talked to two fathers about their ...

CMS lobby guard system flags two sex offenders at school

In a month's time, two sex offenders were flagged by the lobby guard system installed in the front office of every Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. Some schools have had the ID scanning system for years, but as of January this year it was expanded to all CMS schools. Millions of dollars have ...

NCDOT transportation board to hear proposal on mileage tax

North Carolina Department of Transportation board members will hear a presentation Wednesday on a proposal to tax people based on the number of miles they drive. It's an idea that didn't sit well with Henry Martin. "Everything is taxed.  Most of the highway belongs to me anyway, all the taxes ...

Charlotte Community Capital Fund asks city to continue operation

Brazz Carvery is now in its third year of serving lunch and dinner crowds in uptown Charlotte. Owner Miital Niak said it was a challenge getting money to get his dream off the ground. "We had approached a couple of the local banks and they told us they wouldn't consider ...

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Community works to fulfill wish list for teen fighting brain cancer

The community is rallying behind an Iredell County seventh grader who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. The words "Pray for Matt" are painted on a rock outside of Troutman Middle School in honor of Matthew Bailey. He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer just a few ...

Local agencies help in last-minute rush to enroll in Obamacare

The White House said six million people have signed up for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, before the Monday deadline.   Carolina Ramirez understands the importance of having access to healthcare. She gave birth to her daughter at just 5 1/2 months, who went from weighing a ...

Mentoring group former mayor participated in reacts to accusation

Patrick Cannon's rise from public housing to public office was a success story often touted by Men Who Care Global.   The organization works to provide positive role models and mentors to young African-American men and boys. Executive Director Victor Earl said he never imagined Cannon's journey would include the ...

Gastonia mall considers banning teens without adult supervision

It was a quiet morning at Eastridge Mall on Tuesday.  A Channel 9 crew found people having lunch, shopping and exercising. General Manager Christina Bremner said increasingly teenagers are using the popular hangout to act out. "There's a lot of running, yelling, small fights breaking out," Bremner said. "Large groups ...

Teen sentenced to probation, community service for cyberbullying

The verdict is in for a Union County teen accused of cyberbullying a classmate a Weddington High.   Kaylan Ashrafi will be on probation for the next few months as a part of her sentence.   Dana Milford has waited for months for the cyberbullying case to go to trial. ...

Carolinas Healthcare System prepares for end of Microsoft XP support

In less than three weeks, Microsoft will stop providing security updates for its Windows XP operating system.   Those still using it will be vulnerable to viruses and hackers.   Much of the equipment used by medical facilities and hospitals like Carolinas Medical Center, operate on Windows XP.   Carolinas ...

City hopes to preserve slave cemetery uncovered in South End

Just outside the edge of construction and brand new apartment complexes, a slave cemetery was rediscovered in South End.   Over the weekend, volunteers filled black trash bags with brush and debris they cleared from the site at the corner of Youngblood Street and Remount Road.   Charlotte's code enforcement ...

Family: Chair saved toddler pinned under SUV in crash

A Charlotte family said it's a miracle their 13-month-old son is alive after he was pinned underneath an SUV that crashed into a restaurant.   Norma Ramirez, her brother Bertin Sanches, and family friend Pablo Perez are still in pain.   They, along with Ramirez's husband and her 13-month-old son, ...

DAVIE, FL - JANUARY 12:  A ball python is seen on display at the registration event and press conference for the start of the 2013 Python Challenge on January 12, 2013 in Davie, Florida.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and its partners launched the month long 2013 Python Challenge to harvest Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades, a species that is not native to Florida.The contest features prizes of $1,000 for catching the longest snake and $1,500 for catching the most.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Ball python stolen from school, CMS looks for thief

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said someone stole a python housed in a science lab at Northwest School of the Arts.   Now the school is scanning through surveillance video looking for leads in the case.   CMPD Animal Control Officer Jay Bell responded to a call Wednesday morning from the Reptile Club ...

Organization to partner with White House to help minority youth

A local group that mentors young men and boys is in talks with the White House about joining the president's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative. Men Who Care Global formed in  2011 to provide support for African-American youth in Charlotte. The organization hopes partnering with the White House will help further ...

Concord airport fights to protect federal funding for tower

The air traffic control tower at Concord Regional Airport handled more than 62,000 flights in 2013 and more than 8,000 so far this year.   A big part of the growth can be attributed to commercial flights, up 500 percent in the last two years.   Most of those flights ...

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