Lunch Break (4/13/16): Racially charged drama featuring Helen Hunt begins filming in Gastonia

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A new TV series starring Helen Hunt and Stephen Moyer began filming in Gastonia yesterday, to the excitement of local residents. The series, titled “Shots Fired,” follows the aftermath of a “racially charged” shooting in a fictional small town. Local businesses have already seen a boost from the production coming to town. The production is expected to remain in Gastonia until July. (erika Hayes, WCNC) 

An early morning accident in Statesville has left one dead and another hospitalized with injuries. The accident occurred on Garner Bagnal Boulevard near I-77 when two pickup trucks collided head-on at around 6 a.m. One driver was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other was transported to the hospital, condition undisclosed. The road was closed until around 8 a.m. while police investigated. (WSOC Staff) 

A man was hospitalized after being shot in north Charlotte on Tuesday night. Police responded to 911 calls reporting the shooting on Geraldine Powe Drive and arrived to find the wounded victim. The man was rushed to the hospital, but his condition is unknown. CMPD hasn’t identified a suspect in reports, but says the investigation is ongoing. (WBTV Web Staff) 

In budget plans for the upcoming year, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark has asked for a $23 million increase in school funding. Speaking of the increase, Clark says: “I want to be clear that $17.3 million of our ask is for two items: a salary increase and the charter-school pass-through.” The 5.7-percent increase would also allocate an extra $3 million to busing for the newly expanded magnet program. Despite the budget requests, commissioners and history suggest that CMS will probably be getting a figure closer to $10 million. (Ann Doss Helms & David Perlmutt, Charlotte Observer) 

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