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Happy Tuesday, QCity!

Today, read about how Shanquella Robinson’s family plans to seek new legal action, respiratory illness concerns in Mecklenburg and more.

Today in History: In 1950, Earl Lloyd became the first Black man to play in a National Basketball Association game.

Today in Charlotte: Uptown Community Fall Festival


A year later, Shanquella Robinson’s family still has questions

Participants of local march hold banner with Shanquella Robinson’s face. (Amanda Harry/QCity Metro)

Just over one year ago, Shanquella Robinson, a 25-year old Charlotte resident, traveled to Mexico with a group of six others.

On Oct. 29, 2022, just one day into the trip, Robinson was pronounced dead at the villa where she and the others stayed. Two weeks later, a video with what appeared to show Robinson being attacked before her death surfaced online.

In the year that ensued, Robinson’s loved ones still have questions regarding her death, including who will be held responsible. The family’s attorney recently told Newsweek that they intend to sue the other travelers.

Read on.


Respiratory illness concerns in Mecklenburg County

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The chances of contracting a respiratory virus increase as the weather cools down.

In Mecklenburg County, recently reported cases of respiratory illness are lower than this time last year, but hospitalizations from the illnesses are on the rise.

And medical professionals predict a coming spike. 

Here’s what to know. [Destiniee Jaram]


Helping aspiring home buyers

At SouthState, we’re committed to supporting our local communities by offering tailored solutions to aspiring homebuyers.

Our Community and Buyer’s Advantage Mortgages make homeownership more accessible, while our Opportunity Advantage Loan Fund assists with down payments, closing costs, and additional expenses.

We collaborate with local and state partners to provide a range of down payment assistance programs, ensuring your path to homeownership is smoother than ever.


CMS High School graduation schedule

Garinger High School students celebrate by turning their tassels and throwing their caps during the graduation ceremony at Bojangles Coliseum. Photo courtesy of CMS Communications

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ end-of-year graduation schedule is here. Dates range from late May to early June, with ceremonies starting as early as 8 a.m.

See the schedule here.


Are you eligible for a HOMES grant?

Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte are proud to be an ally for residents.

Qualified Mecklenburg County homeowners may be eligible for a HOMES program grant of up to $426.

 Residents within the Charlotte city limits may receive additional grant funding (up to $234), so they may receive up to $660 total! The deadline to apply is December 15th.


Secure your spot for culture blocks

Join ASC Culture Blocks this Saturday, Nov. 4 for a free meal, live music, art activities, spoken word performances, and a conversation about the cultural experiences you wish to see in your neighborhood!

More news

➡️ Local: Johnson C. Smith University is one of several local schools to see an undergraduate enrollment drop. (Axios)

➡️ State: Toyota Motor plans to invest $8 billion and add about 3,000 jobs at its electric-vehicle battery manufacturing plant in North Carolina. (Yahoo Finance)

➡️ World: Chinese authorities are rounding up stray dogs after a 2-year-old was bit by a stray rottweiler. (CNN)

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