Nick de la Canal

WFAE's Nick de la Canal can be heard on public radio airwaves across the Charlotte region, bringing listeners the latest in local and regional news updates. He's been a part of the WFAE newsroom since 2013, when he began as an intern. His reporting helped the station earn an Edward R. Murrow award for breaking news coverage following the Keith Scott shooting and protests in September 2016. More recently, he's been reporting on food, culture, transportation, immigration, and even the paranormal on the FAQ City podcast. He grew up in Charlotte, graduated from Myers Park High, and received his degree in journalism from Emerson College in Boston. Periodically, he tweets: @nickdelacanal


Tenant advocates are bracing for a wave of evictions to begin Monday after the federal eviction moratorium expired over the weekend.

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The Environmental Protection Agency and other environmental investigators are looking into a strong odor that's been reported along the North Carolina-South Carolina border near Charlotte.


A North Carolina man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 44 years is seeking a formal pardon from Gov. Roy Cooper in order to receive compensation for the time he spent behind bars.

North Carolina public school students in grades K-5 will be permitted to transition to full in-person instruction beginning Oct. 5, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday. But Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will stick with a phased-in return decided upon the night before the governor's announcement.

Five new film productions have been cleared to start rolling throughout North Carolina, signaling a possible return of the state's film industry amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to Gov. Roy Cooper's office, all have COVID-19 safety plans to protect those working in front of and behind the camera.

Public school teachers would receive one-time $2,000 bonuses. Unemployed North Carolinians would see their maximum weekly benefits rise from $350 to $500. And, Medicaid coverage would be extended to an estimated 600,000  North Carolinians.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released body camera footage Wednesday from the night of June 2, when officers fired tear gas at marchers who were protesting against police brutality and systemic racism in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook much of North Carolina just after 8 a.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported. 

The coronavirus has been devastating to the movie theater industry, especially for art house and independent theaters. Extended shutdowns and uncertainty over reopening have cut deep in revenues, and small theaters are looking for new ways to survive, while others go dark.

Gaston County Commissioner Chad Brown, who also serves on the county board’s of health, says he agrees with the opening of nonessential businesses. However, law enforcement will take action if they don’t follow social distancing.

The group Reopen NC is planning a second protest in Raleigh this Tuesday urging Gov. Roy Cooper to lift stay-at-home restrictions no later than May 1. The protest comes amid mounting pressure from some lawmakers and others to reopen the economy even as the number of new coronavirus infections continues to grow by the day.

If the price of a plane ticket feels sky high these days, consider the cost of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport's planned expansion of its main lobby and food court. The airport says it will take about $585 million, and it plans to ask Charlotte City Council on Monday to approve $500 million to start construction.

Like the rest of the country, North Carolina's congressional delegation remains divided on the topic of impeachment. Predictably, those to the left of the aisle are supportive, and those to the right are largely resistant.

Activists say the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who shot and killed 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin in March must face charges, and are calling on police and others in power to initiate long overdue cultural changes.

North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis has issued a statement criticizing President Donald Trump for declaring a national emergency Friday, saying he doesn't "believe a national emergency declaration is the solution" to securing the U.S. - Mexico border.

Cannabidiol — or CBD as it's known — is gaining popularity in North Carolina and around the country. At least six new CBD stores have opened around Charlotte over the last year, and other restaurants and stores have begun incorporating CBD into their menus. All of them are operating in gray legal territory.

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Activists are condemning Immigration and Customs Enforcement after witnesses say at least two individuals were arrested by ICE agents at the Mecklenburg County courthouse Wednesday. It's the second time ICE agents have reportedly made arrests inside the courthouse in the past year.

Governor Roy Cooper said he will veto a wide-ranging elections bill that both restores the governor’s control of the state elections board and restricts public information regarding campaign finance investigations, among other things.

North Carolina is joining a group of 17 states in suing the Trump administration over a new question added to the Census that asks people whether they are U.S. citizens, Attorney General Josh Stein announced Tuesday.

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis spoke candidly before the National Immigration Forum on Thursday, touting his proposal to offer a potential 15-year path to citizenship to so-called "Dreamers," all while shrugging off criticism of the bill from conservative hard-liners.

"This will probably drive my press guy crazy," Tillis said, "But ... when I die, I'm going to be cremated. On my cremation urn or a little plaque next to it, I want to have two or three things -- husband, father, grandfather, RINO."

Immigrant groups in North Carolina are mobilizing amid reports that President Donald Trump may end the DACA program, while giving Congress six months to come up with a possible replacement.

The men and women at North Carolina’s military bases have been left with a host of questions after President Trump tweeted Wednesday that transgender people would be banned from the military.

A trade association representing energy organizations in the Carolinas say President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Accord will have little immediate effect on local energy companies.

Charlotte will host the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. The NBA made the announcement Wednesday, effectively returning the event to the city less than two years after it pulled the 2017 All-Star Game in response to House Bill 2.

The 68th annual event will take place at Spectrum Center on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, preceded by a weekend of games and other activities.

A former teacher of the year who was fired from Charlotte Catholic High School after announcing on Facebook that he was marrying his longtime same-sex partner filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday accusing the school, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, and Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools of violating Title VII of Civil Rights Act.

The Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, held a fiery press conference Thursday morning during which he condemned two recent laws that dilute the power of the incoming governor, and in retaliation, called for possible legal action and for the National NAACP to approve an economic boycott of the state.

"It's not just about robbing a candidate or a governor," he said, "it's about robbing the people of their power."

Activists groups like Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign say they will fight to reinstate protections that were nullified by the Charlotte City Council in a surprise vote Monday morning.

"I guess I was just bored," Keith Mann of Franklin, N.C. told the U.S. Forest Service when questioned why he set two fires in Macon County.

The Forest Service says it began investigating him after he called 911 to report the second fire. After an agent began questioning him, Mann admitted it was him all along who set the fires. He told the agent he used a box of kitchen matches.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has filed for a recount in the close race against Democratic opponent, Roy Cooper, for North Carolina governor.

Hillary Clinton staged a doubleheader in North Carolina Sunday, beginning the day with supporters in Raleigh, then traveling to Charlotte, where several hundred people were squeezed into an outdoor plaza at the University of North Carolina Charlotte to hear the presidential candidate speak.