Dashiell Coleman

Dash joined WFAE as a digital editor for news and engagement in 2019. Before that, he was a reporter for the Savannah Morning News in Georgia and the Gaston Gazette in Gastonia. 

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says the state will “cautiously ease” some COVID-19 safety restrictions on Friday, including a requirement that people wear face masks outdoors. They’ll still be required in most indoor public settings.

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North Carolina officials say all health care workers and residents 65 and older can start getting vaccinated for COVID-19 under the state's revamped vaccine plan.

More than 24,000 health care workers have been vaccinated for COVID-19 in North Carolina, but state officials on Tuesday urged people to practice safety over the holidays as the number of infections mounts.

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North Carolina will stay in its current level of COVID-19 safety restrictions until at least Nov. 13. Gov. Roy Cooper announced the extension of Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan Wednesday, citing a rise in coronavirus infections.

Gov. Roy Cooper says the state is "holding steady" in the fight against the coronavirus and can move into Phase 3 of its reopening plan on Friday, clearing the way for limited business at bars, movie theaters and entertainment venues. 

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says restaurants will have to stop selling alcohol at 11 p.m. starting Friday. It's the latest restriction Cooper's administration has enacted in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

This is no ordinary year.

A pandemic is sweeping across the world as cries for changes to address systemic racism fill the streets of American cities. The economy is reeling, and a presidential election is looming. But sometimes self-expression thrives amid turmoil.

Gov. Roy Cooper says North Carolina will stay in its current phase of COVID-19 restrictions for three more weeks and that most residents will be required to wear face masks in public when social distancing isn't possible. 

Updated 4:15 p.m.

Police say three people were killed and 11 others injured after a shooting at a block party in northwest Charlotte early Monday. Five of the people injured were hit by cars. 

Charlotte -- long slated to host the 2020 Republican National Convention -- has now lost the convention's main event. 

The Carolina Panthers on Wednesday removed a statue of former team owner Jerry Richardson from in front of Bank of America Stadium in uptown "in the interest of public safety."

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday evening that the RNC will be "forced to seek another state to host" the event that is slated to be held in Charlotte's Spectrum Center in August. The GOP, however, clarified that the "celebration of the president's acceptance" of the nomination will take place in another city, but the business side of the convention could remain in Charlotte.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is easing restrictions on some retailers and beach access because of what he called "common sense" of residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated Feb. 17

Former North Carolina Lt. Gov. Bob Jordan has died at 87. 

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization gave an official name to the disease caused by the new coronavirus that’s sickened thousands of people in China: COVID-19. Within hours, North Carolina annonced it was pulling together a task force of health officials to help prevent the spread of the virus here — something that so far hasn’t been a problem.

Updated Jan. 22.

A growing number of North Carolina counties are becoming so-called Second Amendment sanctuaries, including several in the Charlotte region.

Charlotte-based Duke Energy will have to excavate nearly 80 million tons of coal ash from six North Carolina sites — including Allen Steam Station in Belmont — as part of a settlement between the company, the state and several community groups.

Riley Howell was a lifelong Star Wars superfan. Now Howell, whom police called a hero for helping stop a gunman's rampage at UNC Charlotte, has been written into a galaxy far, far away as a Jedi master.

Charlotte has officially scored a Major League Soccer franchise.

Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina died Monday at 66. Hagan, a Democrat, served one term in the U.S. Senate, from 2009-2015.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray testified in a Senate hearing Tuesday that so-called sanctuary city policies are "reckless," citing cases of people in the country illegally committing violent crimes after being released from jail in Charlotte.