After more than three years with an unemployment rate higher than the national rate, North Carolina’s middle class is starting to show the wear and tear. Median household income in the state fell over the decade by nearly 10 percent. And the size of the middle class shrank.
These are the people that Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are trying to reach. But a Pew survey and interviews in the Triangle suggest neither presidential candidate has convinced a majority of middle-class voters they offer a clear path to recovery. Read the full story here.
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--The first protest target at the Democratic National Convention won’t be President Barack Obama, health care reform, or the party’s stances on gay marriage or abortion. It will be Bank of America.
--Rob Christensen: As Democrats pour into Charlotte this weekend for the Democratic National Convention, they are certainly anticipating a big show. But it won’t be the longest Democratic convention held in the Queen City, or the most contentious, and perhaps not even the most entertaining. That title belongs to the state Democratic convention held in June of 1908.
--As the election nears, where's the hope?
--Today in Charlotte: a big protest and Gov. Bev Perdue appears on CNN At 9 a.m.
--More DNC coverage: NY Post calls Charlotte the Rodney Dangerfield of U.S. cities. Despite the DNC, the economic recovery is dragging in Charlotte. Guest columnist Leonard Pitts tells the story you won't hear at the DNC. Get a wrap on the DNC's first day of festivities in Charlotte.
The best parties you won't get to attend. Immigration rights activists make their case. Hollywood stars are headed this way. Look ahead to Monday, when a street festival features James Taylor. A canceled festival for conservatives is apparently back on schedule. Women protest outside Charlotte strip club. A look at the delegates from other states.
--Since the housing market collapsed four years ago, county officials in the Triangle and across the state have been confronted with a dilemma that few saw coming.
--Hearings are scheduled for October to determine whether three people convicted of killings in the Fayetteville area can be taken off death row under the Racial Justice Act.