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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.

    Closing arguments coming in Derek Chauvin trial: Monday, April 19

    Closing arguments coming in Derek Chauvin trial: Monday, April 19

    The judge and jury will hear closing arguments in the trial against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin Monday. Chauvin is facing three charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody last year. Jay Gray has details on the trial as protests broke out nationwide over the weekend ahead of the verdict. 
    A new COVID-19 vaccine clinic will open in Huntersville Monday as Novant Health tries to get more people vaccinated in northern Mecklenburg County. So far, supply of the vaccine has outpaced demand, a trend that concerns Health Director Gibbie Harris. Billie Jean Shaw joins the show with an update on how the county plans to get more people vaccinated. 
    Plus, we all know a good night's sleep is one of the best things you can do for your body and overall health. But we're now learning just how critical it is for teens who have ADHD. Ben Thompson connects the dots on a study that found getting enough sleep means a whole lot more than feeling refreshed in the morning. 
    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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    2 transgender women killed in Charlotte hotels: Friday, April 16

    2 transgender women killed in Charlotte hotels: Friday, April 16

    The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on all of us. Which is why a new Netflix series promises to help us learn how to fall asleep quicker and easier. Seriously! 
    Richard DeVayne has details on two homicides impacting Charlotte's transgender residents. Two trans women were killed in Charlotte hotels, and police aren't sure if the killings are linked at this time, but activist groups say it's another obstacle facing the community. 
    Plus, Mecklenburg County is hosting a community COVID-19 vaccine clinic this weekend. Billie Jean Shaw has details on how you can schedule your appointment for the clinic.
    Speaking of the vaccine, Pfizer's CEO says it's likely we'll need another shot within a year. But we explain why it's not because the first two doses aren't effective. 
    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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    Pat McCrory running for US Senate in 2022: Thursday, April 15

    Pat McCrory running for US Senate in 2022: Thursday, April 15

    Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory joined the crowded race for US Senate in 2022. He's among 5 Republicans jockeying to win the seat that will be vacated by retiring Sen. Richard Burr after his term ends in 2021. The former governor explains why he felt the need to run and why his "homegrown" leadership is needed in Washington. 
    Richard DeVayne has the latest on two homicide investigations in Charlotte. Police say two men were killed just hours apart in separate parts of the city. Right now, the cases don't appear to be linked, but no arrests have been made. 
    Ben Thompson connects the dots on how regular exercise, just a few minutes every day, can prevent severe COVID-19. Scientists say it has to do with fitness and avoiding pre-existing conditions. 
    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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    Johnson & Johnson vaccine halted: Thursday, April 14

    Johnson & Johnson vaccine halted: Thursday, April 14

    Vaccine providers nationwide are pressing pause on the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine after the CDC and FDA issued a joint statement saying they're investigating reports of rare but serious blood clots in some patients. Billie Jean Shaw has the latest from Charlotte-area vaccine providers as clinics look to encourage people the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are safe. 
    Richard DeVayne joins the show with details on the private funeral service for victims in last week's Rock Hill shooting. Today, Dr. Robert Lesslie, his wife, Barbara, and their two grandchildren will be laid to rest after a celebration of life at West End Baptist Church. The funeral service is private but the family will have a stream and is encouraging the community to help others to honor the family's legacy. 
    Plus, Wednesday marks 100 days until the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. But make no mistake about it, most of the world will be fighting COVID-19 this summer. Ben Thompson connects the dots on how organizers say the games will go down during a pandemic. 
    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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    CMS schools to get new COVID-filtration system: Tuesday, April 13

    CMS schools to get new COVID-filtration system: Tuesday, April 13

    More than 30 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools campuses will implement a new air filtration system that is reportedly 99.9% effective at killing the virus that causes COVID-19. Ben Thompson connects the dots on how this system works and why it's a breakthrough for parents unsure about sending their kids into the classroom. 
    Billie Jean Shaw has details on Barringer Academic Center getting a new name. The school's name, which has ties to white supremacy, will be announced at Tuesday's school board meeting. 
    Plus, live events are coming back to Charlotte. Rachel Lundberg has details on some of the big events returning to the Queen City this year, including a major music festival at the Whitewater Center. 
    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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