- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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WASHINGTON - Three months after a veterans’ health care scandal rocked his administration, President Barack Obama is taking executive action to improve the mental well-being of veterans. The president was to announce his initiatives during an appearance before the American Legion National Convention that is fraught with midterm politics. The president’s address to the legionnaires Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the latest administration response to the health care lapses that led to the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki in May. By Jim Kuhnhenn. SENT: 620 words. AP Photos DCPM103, NCGB102, NCGB101.

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CHARLOTTE - President Obama will be joined on stage by NC Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan and the new head of Veterans Affairs as they all take turns addressing the American Legion Convention in Charlotte. Improving health care for veterans has been at the top of the news this year in the wake of several scandals as VA facilities and attendees will listening closely to what all of the speakers say they plan to do to help improve the system. By Mitch Weiss. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

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CHARLOTTE. - The city of Charlotte is considering a plan to spend about $30 million to make improvements at Time Warner Cable Area, home of the NBA’s Hornets. Staffers told Charlotte City Council on Monday the money would come from two hospitality taxes. City council is expected to take a first vote on the proposal at a meeting Sept. 8. SENT: 180 words.

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