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News and weather for Charlotte, North Carolina: More news, in less time. Updated weekday mornings from the Wake Up Charlotte team at WCNC Charlotte.

    Atrium Health website suffers hack in nationwide cyber attack on medical facilities

    Atrium Health website suffers hack in nationwide cyber attack on medical facilities

    A cyberattack on Monday left several medical providers with unresponsive websites.
    Atrium Health confirmed on Monday that it was one of the medical providers that suffered an attack. The issue was resolved by Atrium's information technology team within hours of the hack.
    According to Atrium, the cyberattack only impacted the company's public-facing website. Hospital systems and patient portals remained fully functional during the incident, according to Atrium.

    READ MORE: https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/local/atrium-health-website-suffers-cyber-attack-hospitals-across-the-country-also-targeted-north-carolina-charlotte-medical-centers-hack-cybersecurity/275-c586e2d8-4e47-40c1-8e15-4032c8ef77a6

    One person is dead after a fire truck and motorcycle collided on Monday.
    According to a release, the Charlotte Fire Department was called to a medical incident at the 7700 block of Little Avenue on Monday around 5:36 p.m.
    As a Charlotte fire truck was en route to the scene, an accident occurred between the fire truck and a motorcycle at the intersection of Pineville-Matthews Road and McMahan Drive.
    Charlotte Fire personnel began treating the motorcycle driver after the crash. The person was transported to a local hospital where they were later pronounced dead. The deceased person's name has not been identified.

    READ MORE: https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/local/motorcycle-driver-dies-after-crash-with-charlotte-fire-truck-north-carolina-firefighter-fire-department-cmpd-police-investigation-pineville-matthews/275-6fba76d9-205f-44bb-90de-a1ae82117910

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    Charlotte demonstrations continue after Tyre Nichols video release

    Charlotte demonstrations continue after Tyre Nichols video release

    Protests continue days after the body camera video was released showing Tyre Nichols being beaten by police in Memphis. Tradesha Woodward joins Wake Up Charlotte To Go with the latest on demonstrations in the Queen City as local leaders seek solutions to prevent another tragedy from happening.
    A new report shows a grim reality for the American wine industry, and if something doesn't change soon, it could spell disaster. Ben Thompson connects the dots on why winemakers and advertisers' problem reaching young people could put an end to the wine business in America.
    And finally, we hit the morning's biggest headlines as part of your morning rush. New Panthers coach Frank Reich is set to sign his new four-year contract Monday, testimony resumes in the Alex Murdaugh murder trial and we'll have an update on classified documents found at President Joe Biden's home. The Department of Justice says it will give the U.S. Senate a "damage assessment" about the documents found in the homes of Biden and former President Donald Trump.
    Watch Wake Up Charlotte each weekday morning from 4:30 to 7 a.m. on WCNC Charlotte, and as always, join the conversation on social media using #WakeUpCLT! 

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    Frank Reich named Panthers head coach

    Frank Reich named Panthers head coach

    Frank Reich was named the sixth head coach in Carolina Panthers history Thursday, finally filling the vacancy opened by the firing of Matt Rhule midseason. Reich was chosen over interim Steve Wilks and Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. Reich's hiring is a homecoming of sorts, as he was the team's first quarterback in 1995, and his brother is a longtime football coach at Wingate. We discuss what Panthers fans can expect and hear from you about what folks think about Wilks not getting the job after an impressive tenure as interim coach.
    The Union County Board of Education is holding a special meeting Friday to discuss a controversial calendar change for next school year. Jesse Pierre joins Wake Up Charlotte To Go to discuss the details and explains why the proposed change is causing an uproar among some parents.
    And finally, former President Donald Trump will be in South Carolina Saturday for the first official stop on his 2024 White House campaign. But you might've noticed Trump is the only candidate who's officially in the race. What's up with that? Ben Thompson connects the dots on the legal restrictions on presidential campaigns and tells us why the list of 2024 candidates is still so short.
    Watch Wake Up Charlotte each weekday morning from 4:30 to 7 a.m. on WCNC Charlotte, and as always, join the conversation on social media using #WakeUpCLT! 

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    Neighbors had opposed plan for Birkdale Village apartments, hotel. Now the developer has scrapped the plans

    Neighbors had opposed plan for Birkdale Village apartments, hotel. Now the developer has scrapped the plans

    Birkdale Village, a mixed-use property in Huntersville, has modified its redevelopment and expansion plans to eliminate the construction of a new hotel and apartments. The plan preserves the proposal for new offices and a parking deck.
    Brian Richards, the Huntersville assistant planning director, credits the developers for listening to opposition from some neighbors.
    "This is not atypical for folks to speak for or against projects," Richards explained Wednesday. "And often times the developers do listen. Sometimes they get a bad rap for not listening, but in this case, they are listening to their neighbors."
    As WCNC Charlotte reported last year, some in the community were against the plans. Those opposed feared the area could become even more overcrowded with increased traffic.
    "We do know folks who have grown up here who's seen things change. Traffic is an inconvenience," Richards said.
    READ MORE: https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/local/birkdale-village-scraps-development-plans-apartments-hotel/275-c58eb74c-b8a8-43bb-8b17-aa59c71e3772

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has approved dozens of legislative items the district will lobby the North Carolina General Assembly to change.
    On the list are issues like the controversial school calendar law, reinstating higher pay for teachers with advanced degrees -- commonly known as master pay, and allowing retired teachers to return to the workforce full-time.
    Lawmakers in Raleigh have one of the largest impacts on how schools in the state are run.
    "90% of the rules and regulations that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and all the schools across the state have to follow are made in Raleigh, what time we have to start school, how many hours of school we have to have," Charles Jeter, CMS's Government Affairs, Policy, and Board Services Executive Director, said. 
    CMS Board members will have meetings, send emails, and even visit Raleigh to advocate for changes to laws impacting schools.

    READ MORE: https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/education/cms-votes-lobby-changes-school-calendar-law-pay-legislative-session/275-5e284c10-45df-4a42-a8ef-86bd14264b9e

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    CMPD releases body camera video of deadly shooting in south Charlotte

    CMPD releases body camera video of deadly shooting in south Charlotte

    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released body camera footage Tuesday from a deadly police shooting last August in south Charlotte. 
    The video from officer Brandon Graham was released, showing the moments that led up to the shooting of Brenda Donahue. Multiple officers were attempting to serve an involuntary commitment order for Donahue when she fired shots, striking officer Lauren Ehlke. Ehlke was not injured during the incident, but the bullet was lodged in her camera. Because of the damage, none of the footage from Ehlke's camera was recovered. 
    CMPD was called to a home on St. Croix Lane around 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2022, to serve an involuntary commitment order to take Donahue to a mental health facility.

    READ MORE: https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/crime/cmpd-bodycam-footage-released-deadly-shooting-brenda-donahue/275-87391726-8ea4-43ff-8a52-be91d0d4c00d

    On Tuesday, the Carolina Panthers completed an interview with their ninth candidate for their head coaching position, and a team source tells WCNC Charlotte that the organization will now conduct a second round of interviews.
    Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore interviewed with the team in person on Tuesday, two days after losing to the 49ers in the NFC Divisional round.
    That rounded out a candidate pool nearing double digits with Moore joining Sean Payton, Mike Kafka, Ken Dorsey, Ejiro Evero, Shane Steichen, Frank Reich, Jim Caldwell, and interim coach Steve Wilks.
    Carolina has satisfied the NFL's Rooney Rule by interviewing two external, minority candidates, so can make a hire at any time.

    READ MORE: https://www.wcnc.com/article/sports/panthers-will-hold-second-round-of-interviews-with-candidates/275-35d8fefd-ed8d-4c67-992c-a16d9c35765c

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    Church community addressing affordable housing

    Church community addressing affordable housing

    A local church community is seeking solutions in addressing the affordable housing crisis in the Queen City.
    First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte hosted a faith-in-housing summit Sunday afternoon. It brought together several affordable housing experts from the area.
    As the Charlotte population continues to grow so does the need for affordable housing.

    READ MORE: https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/local/low-cost-rental-housing-in-charlotte-is-fast-disappearing-church-community-addressing-affordable-housing-queen-city/275-671939fd-7e2e-4638-868b-486a1364eff0

    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting in northeast Charlotte Saturday afternoon that sent two people to the hospital.
    Officers responded to a home along Billings Park Drive, not far from Back Creek Church Road, around 1 p.m. Saturday. According to CMPD, officers were en route to serve involuntary commitment papers for someone at the home. 
    Involuntary commitment papers can be used to authorize the transport of a person who may be experiencing a mental health crisis, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

    READ MORE: https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/crime/cmpd-officer-involved-shooting-under-investigation-northeast-charlotte/275-d932fcd4-1fbe-4319-9aa1-2e63ade5010f

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