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Top 10 Local News Stories Of 2013

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File photo of crime scene. (Credit:  Larry W. Smith/Getty Images)

File photo of crime scene. (Credit: Larry W. Smith/Getty Images)

(CBS Charlotte) — Where local news is concerned, 2013 was a busy year — full of breaking news stories, shootings, protests, and much more. Here is our recap of the Top 10 News Stories in North Carolina in 2013.

In January 2013, former Charlotte Mayor, Pat McCrory, was sworn in as Governor of North Carolina. In doing so, he became the state’s first Republican Governor in 20 years. Story: click here.

The Charlotte-Douglas International Airport made headlines for the majority of 2013, as the city of Charlotte continued to battle with North Carolina Lawmakers over who should have control over the Airport. To date, the Airport is still controlled by the city. Story: click here.

In April 2013, Republican lawmakers in the state of North Carolina pushed to adopt an official state religion that would deem the state exempt from court rulings and the Constitution. House Bill 494 originated out of Rowan County, where two GOP lawmakers (backed by nine other Republicans,) filed the legislation after a lawsuit threatened to prohibit county commissioners in Rowan County from beginning their meeting with a Christian prayer. Story: click here.

In May 2013, the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP launched Moral Monday’s. The demonstrations were created to stand against many Republican led initiatives, such as denying medicaid to certain people who are in need, changing voting requirements, and cutting unemployment benefits. In total, over 900 people were arrested during the mass protests. Story: click here. 

In June of 2013, Lakim Faust possessed more than 100 rounds of ammunition when he started shooting at people who were standing in a Walmart parking lot in Greenville, North Carolina.  It was later revealed that race played a factor in this incident. Faust, who is black, targeted white victims during the shooting. Story: click here. 

In June 2013, a Rock Hill boy passed away in a Boone motel room, and his mother became deathly ill and was rushed to the hospital. After investigating, officials concluded that an elderly couple had also died in the same room a few months prior to the Rock Hill boys death. The coroner had ruled that the elderly couple died from natural causes, however, officials blamed a carbon monoxide leak as the cause of death in all three incidents. Story: click here

In June 2013, North Carolina (which had the fifth-worst jobless rate,) became the first state in the nation to drop federal jobless funds for the long term unemployed. Story: click here.

In August 2013, local, state and federal investigators began searching a Rowan County site where a missing teenage girl lived before she disappeared nearly two years before. The search for Erica Parsons continues, even as 2013 comes to an end. Story: click here.

In September 2013, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer, Randall Kerrick, was charged in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell. Ferrell,a former Florida A&M University football player, was shot 10 times and was not armed when the shooting occurred. Story: click here.

In November 2013, a Union County Social Worker in charge of protecting children was arrested after a foster child in her care was found handcuffed to a porch, with a dead chicken hanging from the child’s neck. Story: click here.

-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte

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