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Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s animal shelter needs help, as the number of dogs and cats has pushed the facility to capacity. Melissa Knicely with CMPD says they always see an increase in intakes during the summer. But as more people move to the Charlotte area, they’re seeing more animals arrive at the shelter than in past years.

Knicely is asking people to volunteer, adopt a pet, foster an animal, or take a pet home for a temporary “staycation” – just to get the animal out of the kennel for a few days.

Meanwhile, a North Carolina court lifted an injunction that blocked the state’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks. US District Judge William Osteen put the injunction in place because he said the state law was in conflict with the national law, as determined by the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade and Casey v Planned Parenthood rulings. But when those rulings were overturned, the North Carolina law was now operable.