Mark Rumsey en As Statehouse Rhetoric Escalates, What's Next in Budget Battle? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina lawmakers are still trying to reach agreement on revisions to the state’s budget, &nbsp;including how much to raise teacher pay and how to fund those increases. As the rhetoric increased last week, budget negotiators in the state Senate walked out of a meeting with House leaders. Gov. McCrory then vowed to veto anything resembling the Senate's latest budget proposal. &nbsp;<br /><br />During an appearance Monday on WFAE's <em><a href="">Charlotte Talks</a>​</em>, McCrory&nbsp;chided Senate leaders for not listening to teachers and other educators including CMS Superintendent &nbsp;Heath Morrison, whom House leaders had invited to address lawmakers. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">M</span>cCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;went on to note that educators were on hand to support the unveiling of the House budget plan, which the governor backs, but were absent when Senators proposed their version of the budget. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WRAL-TV&nbsp;Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie has seen many budget battles in Raleigh and shared some observations on the current negotiations.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:07:40 +0000 Mark Rumsey 54913 at As Statehouse Rhetoric Escalates, What's Next in Budget Battle? Anniversary Of USAir Flight 1016 Crash <p>Twenty years ago Thursday, a USAir jet crashed near Charlotte-Douglas airport, killing 37 of the 52 passengers aboard. Flight 1016 was arriving in Charlotte on a flight from Columbia, SC, on the evening of July 2, 1994. All five crew members survived the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board's investigation concluded that the plane flew into a "wind-shear," produced by a rapidly-developing thunderstorm near the airport. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:58:07 +0000 Mark Rumsey 54139 at Anniversary Of USAir Flight 1016 Crash Hornets' Top Draft Picks Bring Talent - And A Few Questions <p>The Charlotte Hornets added some height to their roster with a pair of first-round picks in Thursday night’s NBA draft.&nbsp;&nbsp; The team used its number-nine choice to draft 6-foot-10 Indiana power forward Noah Vonleh.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;The Hornets picked up former North Carolina shooting guard P.J. Hairston with their other first-round choice.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; WFAE’s Mark Rumsey spoke with <em>Charlotte &nbsp;Observer</em> sports columnist Tom Sorensen to get his thoughts on what the new players will bring to the mix for the Hornets.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:29:42 +0000 Mark Rumsey 53819 at Hornets' Top Draft Picks Bring Talent - And A Few Questions Kings Mountain Exhibit Recalls Health Care Of Yesteryear <p>Many of us dread going to the dentist. After all, having a cavity filled is no fun -- even &nbsp;with <em>modern</em> equipment. But as WFAE's&nbsp;Mark Rumsey found out during a recent visit to Kings Mountain, North Carolina -- we 21st century citizens have it pretty good. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:21:21 +0000 Mark Rumsey 53345 at Kings Mountain Exhibit Recalls Health Care Of Yesteryear NC - SC Border Highlights Jobs Competition <p>South Carolina scored some notable victories this week in the competition for new jobs in the Charlotte region. Three companies announced plans to bring a combined total of at least 3,900 new jobs to York and Chester counties. Two of those expansions involve relocating jobs that are currently based in Charlotte. &nbsp; John Lassiter, a former Charlotte City Council member who now chairs the North Carolina Economic Development Board, talks to WFAE's Mark Rumsey about the challenges in competing with the incentives that South Carolina can offer.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:13:56 +0000 Mark Rumsey 53136 at Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the state House and Senate have significant differences to work out before North Carolina adopts a budget. </span>WFAE's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Michael </span>Tomsic<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;looks at three examples of those differences: teacher pay, film incentives and Medicaid.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:55:30 +0000 Michael Tomsic & Mark Rumsey 52878 at Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate Cultural Life Task Force Nearly Set To Release Recommendations For Arts Funding <p>A group of community and arts leaders in Charlotte is still working to develop recommendations on how to keep arts-and-cultural organizations afloat in the future.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Cultural Life Task Force was originally scheduled to release its report by February, but that’s been postponed until June, Task Force co-chair Valecia McDowell told WFAE's Mark Rumsey.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 03:08:38 +0000 Mark Rumsey 50885 at A New Lawsuit (And Argument) Against NC's Same-Sex Marriage Ban <p>The United Church of Christ filed a federal lawsuit in Charlotte on Monday arguing that same-sex couples should be able to marry in North Carolina. Of course, there are many challenges to same-sex marriage bans playing out across the country. WFAE's Michael Tomsic joined Mark Rumsey to discuss where some of the lawsuits in North Carolina stand.</p><p><strong>Let's start with today's challenge. What makes it different?</strong></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:26:25 +0000 Mark Rumsey & Michael Tomsic 49908 at School Run By CMS, Non-Profit To Open At Former Boulevard Homes <p>The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board approved plans Tuesday night to partner with a non-profit to run a pre-k- 8 school on the city’s west side.&nbsp; It’s in the area once known as Boulevard Homes.&nbsp; Before it was torn down two years ago, the public housing complex was often in the news for violence. &nbsp;The Renaissance West Community Initiative is re-developing that area and this school will be at the center of it.&nbsp;</p><p>Laura Clark is executive director of the group.&nbsp; WFAE's Mark Rumsey asked her why it's important for a school to be part of this neighborhood?</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:38:18 +0000 Mark Rumsey 49631 at The Buzz On Charlotte's Baseball Past <div><p>It's a big day in the Charlotte area's professional baseball history. The new 10,000 seat BB&amp;T Ballpark uptown debuts tonight when the Triple-A Charlotte Knights take on the Norfolk Tides.</p><p>The Knights had spend the previous 24 seasons in Fort Mill, South Carolina.</p><p>The region has a long and colorful history of professional baseball. WFAE's&nbsp;Mark Rumsey captured that history in this story, which first aired last summer.&nbsp;</p></div><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:25:54 +0000 Mark Rumsey 32120 at The Buzz On Charlotte's Baseball Past