By the end of the day Monday, the Queen City will have a new mayor.
Vi Lyles will be sworn in Monday evening at 7 p.m. as Charlotte's 59th mayor. The ceremony will be held at Charlotte's government center and will also be making history as Lyles is the first African American woman to occupy the post in the city's history.
Lyles beat incumbent Jennifer Roberts by nearly 3,400 votes in September and then swept her Republican opponent Kenny Smith in November's election in an 18 point lead. So what will Lyles' first focus be on as mayor?
"We've always talked about what the issues are: jobs, housing and trust with law enforcement," Lyles told NBC Charlotte. "My passion over the years has been housing and that's really something I'm going to be passionate about."
Before Mayor Jennifer Roberts passes the baton, she sat down with NBC Charlotte to discuss the past two years of a very eventful and controversial time as mayor. Click here to see what she had to say.
The man charged in connection with 3-year-old Mariah Woods' death will face a judge for the first time Monday.
The Onslow County Sheriff's Office and the FBI took 32-year-old Earl Kimrey into custody Friday. He's believed to be the live-in boyfriend of Mariah Woods' mother, and one of the last people to have seen the little girl who was reported missing Monday.
Kimrey was taken into custody before authorities found a body believed to be of Mariah Woods in a creek in Pender County. The FBI said they are awaiting results from the medical examiner's office for positive confirmation.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested a man in connection with a brawl that took place during the ACC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. CMPD charged 22-year-old Reed Fletcher with misdemeanor assault and battery, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.
On Saturday night, a cell phone video captured a brawl breaking out between fans during a game between the Clemson Tigers and Miami Hurricanes. The videos -- posted to Facebook around 8:40 p.m. -- show a fight breaking out during the first quarter of the game.
CMPD said Fletcher was the primary aggressor in the fight. Click here for the full story.
The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a "missing and endangered" 33-year-old.
Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Joseph Warren Armfield. Authorities said Armfield is believed to be suffering from dementia or another cognitive impairment. He is described as a white male with brown short hair and blue eyes. He stands at 5'7" and weighs around 170 lbs. Armfield was last seen at 133 W. Wainman Avenue in Asheboro, North Carolina. Authorities said they believe is was traveling south on S. Fayetteville Street in Asheboro.
Anyone with information on Armfield's whereabouts is asked to call J.S. Moore of the Asheboro Police Department at 336-318-6927. Click here to view picture.
5. In the face of evolving public attitudes, Supreme Court will hear case on sports betting
The Supreme Court on Monday will hear oral arguments on a federal law banning sports betting in most all of the United States. The NCAA and four major sports leagues backed the federal ban passed by Congress in 1992, quoting from a Senate report that "the risk to the reputation of one of our nation's most popular pastimes ... is not worth it."
Attitudes have shifted since: The National Basketball League's commissioner has endorsed sports betting and Major League Baseball has invested in fantasy leagues. Court-watchers believe the court will decide that the law violates states rights, potentially opening the floodgates to sports betting in any state willing to regulate it.
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