Local News http://wfae.org en Farm Bill Seals Environmental Complaints From Public http://wfae.org/post/farm-bill-seals-environmental-complaints-public <p>North Carolina’s annual farm bill addresses fertilizer regulations, landscapers , and even the legal definition of “planting and harvesting season.” But environmental groups say one provision unfairly shields the industry from public scrutiny, while the industry argues it protects from overzealous watchdogs.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:10:34 +0000 Ben Bradford 55950 at http://wfae.org Farm Bill Seals Environmental Complaints From Public Film Incentives Likely Cut; Will Industry Walk Away From State? http://wfae.org/post/film-incentives-likely-cut-will-industry-walk-away-state <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been more than 24 hours since Speaker Thom </span>Tillis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Senator Pro </span>Tem<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Phil Berger announced a budget deal was all but done.</span></p><p>Senator Berger said the document would be printed – and published online for all to see late Tuesday night or sometime today.</p><p>That still hasn’t happened. Which means there are scant details on just how the General Assembly will pay for the teacher raises and other new spending they announced yesterday afternoon.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:23:17 +0000 Tom Bullock 55929 at http://wfae.org Film Incentives Likely Cut; Will Industry Walk Away From State? Parents of Missing Teen Erica Parsons Arrested On Tax Fraud Charges http://wfae.org/post/parents-missing-teen-erica-parsons-arrested-tax-fraud-charges <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Exactly one year after Rowan County teen Erica Parsons was reported missing by her brother, her adoptive parents appeared in federal court Wednesday to face charges of Social Security and Medicaid fraud.</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:45:14 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 55920 at http://wfae.org Parents of Missing Teen Erica Parsons Arrested On Tax Fraud Charges Future Of County Sales Tax Bill Looks Bleak http://wfae.org/post/future-county-sales-tax-bill-looks-bleak <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The future of a bill to cap county sales tax at 2.5 percent is bleak. This after the House Finance Committee took up the measure earlier this morning.</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:30:02 +0000 Tom Bullock 55918 at http://wfae.org Future Of County Sales Tax Bill Looks Bleak Arts And Science Council Cuts CMS Field Trip Program http://wfae.org/post/arts-and-science-council-cuts-cms-field-trip-program <p>CMS students won’t be going to the museums this year, at least not on the Arts and Science Council’s dime, and a fund-raising shortfall is the culprit.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:25:46 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 55878 at http://wfae.org Arts And Science Council Cuts CMS Field Trip Program Lawmakers Announce NC Budget; Give Few Details On How They'll Pay For It http://wfae.org/post/lawmakers-announce-nc-budget-give-few-details-how-theyll-pay-it <p></p><p><strong>Updated 10 a.m.</strong></p><p>The details of North Carolina’s new $21 billion budget will be made public.</p><p>The document will hopefully answer many of the questions left on the table after House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger <u>officially </u>announced yesterday a deal had been struck.</p><p>But the publishing of the document also starts a 48-hour countdown clock. After that period the House can vote on the new budget. And some democratic leaders in the house warn that isn’t enough time to figure out if the new budget makes fiscal senses for the state.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:17:35 +0000 Tom Bullock 55860 at http://wfae.org Lawmakers Announce NC Budget; Give Few Details On How They'll Pay For It Charlotte City Council Continuing Airport Lawsuit, Despite New State Law http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-city-council-continuing-airport-lawsuit-despite-new-state-law <p>The Charlotte city council met behind closed doors Monday night with its lawyers to discuss, once again, the ongoing lawsuit against state lawmakers and the airport commission they created to take control of Charlotte Douglas. The council will continue the suit, despite another, recent state law intended to stop it.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:39:40 +0000 Ben Bradford 55813 at http://wfae.org Charlotte City Council Continuing Airport Lawsuit, Despite New State Law Sports Memories Flow For Charlotte's "Other" Hornets http://wfae.org/post/sports-memories-flow-charlottes-other-hornets <p>Before there were Charlotte Hornets who made slam dunks and shot three-pointers, the city had Hornets who hit <em>grand slams</em> and threw strike-outs. Minor league baseball teams called the Hornets played in Charlotte from 1901 to 1972. On Monday, some former players got a&nbsp;first-hand look at BB&amp;T ballpark - the new home of Charlotte’s current minor league team, the Knights.&nbsp;WFAE’s Mark Rumsey sat down with Concord native Gene Verble, a former major leaguer with the Washington Senators who played for the Hornets from 1956-1959, including &nbsp;three years as player/manager.&nbsp; &nbsp;Verble, 86, reminisced about life in the minor leagues during that era.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:38:28 +0000 Mark Rumsey 55808 at http://wfae.org Sports Memories Flow For Charlotte's "Other" Hornets I-77 Toll Lane Debate Gets More Intense http://wfae.org/post/i-77-toll-lane-debate-gets-more-intense <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If driving down I-77 is part of your daily commute, you’ll probably agree a solution is needed for the growing congestion on the interstate. North Carolina’s Department of Transportation intends to add toll lanes to ease traffic and potentially provide the state with extra income. But as the plan enters its final stages, the state is experiencing some significant pushback.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:25:53 +0000 Nick de la Canal 55771 at http://wfae.org I-77 Toll Lane Debate Gets More Intense In Response To Ruling, Cooper Will Stop Defending Same-Sex Marriage Ban http://wfae.org/post/response-ruling-cooper-will-stop-defending-same-sex-marriage-ban-0 <p>North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Cooper made that announcement Monday after the federal appeals court that sets the precedent for North Carolina and several other states ruled Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:59:33 +0000 Michael Tomsic 55788 at http://wfae.org In Response To Ruling, Cooper Will Stop Defending Same-Sex Marriage Ban