Local News http://wfae.org en Cut To State Income Tax Costing Far More Than Expected http://wfae.org/post/cut-state-income-tax-costing-far-more-expected <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year’s cut of the personal income tax rate is costing North Carolina far more than originally projected.&nbsp; This according to new figures released by the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:10:51 +0000 Tom Bullock 55641 at http://wfae.org Cut To State Income Tax Costing Far More Than Expected Cotham: New Senate Bill Shields Salaries Of For-profit Charter School Staff http://wfae.org/post/cotham-new-senate-bill-shields-salaries-profit-charter-school-staff <p>Conflict over disclosure of charter-school salaries flared anew Thursday as House Democrats said a Senate-approved bill shields for-profit management companies from revealing who they hire and how much they pay.</p><p>In a Thursday evening news conference, Rep. Tricia Cotham, D-Mecklenburg, led the call for the public and Gov. Pat McCrory to fight a move that she says blocks accountability and transparency at charter schools, which are run by nonprofit boards and funded with public money.</p><p>“It’s a simple principle: The public should know where public money is going,” she said.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:10:50 +0000 Ann Doss Helms 55630 at http://wfae.org Cotham: New Senate Bill Shields Salaries Of For-profit Charter School Staff Former Charlotte Symphony Violinist Denied Green Card http://wfae.org/post/former-charlotte-symphony-violinist-denied-green-card <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s reputation is at the center of a violinist’s application for an </span>EB-1<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> green card. These green cards are awarded to professionals with “extraordinary ability” in a specialized field. Distinguished academics and artists, for example, or top international business executives.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:56:35 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 55628 at http://wfae.org Former Charlotte Symphony Violinist Denied Green Card NC Senate Tentatively Passes Medicaid Overhaul http://wfae.org/post/nc-senate-tentatively-passes-medicaid-overhaul <p>The North Carolina Senate tentatively passed an overhaul of the state's Medicaid program Thursday afternoon. It includes major differences from what Governor Pat McCrory and the House are pushing for. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:44:31 +0000 Michael Tomsic 55577 at http://wfae.org NC Senate Tentatively Passes Medicaid Overhaul Sales Tax Cap Debate Proves Contentious But Passes NC Senate http://wfae.org/post/sales-tax-cap-debate-proves-contentious-passes-nc-senate <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday, the North Carolina Senate passed a bill capping county sales tax rates at 2.5 percent.</span></p><p>The vote was 33 to 16. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The final tally came after more than an hour of contentious debate.</p><p>North Carolina’s urban vs. rural divide was front and center throughout the debate. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:20:06 +0000 Tom Bullock 55533 at http://wfae.org Sales Tax Cap Debate Proves Contentious But Passes NC Senate NC Solar Industry In Jeopardy If Utilities Get Their Way http://wfae.org/post/nc-solar-industry-jeopardy-if-utilities-get-their-way <p>In the span of five years, the solar industry in North Carolina has grown from nearly non-existent to fourth-largest in the nation, behind California, Arizona, and New Jersey. The pace is accelerating, with solar capacity set to more than double in the state, at least this year. The state’s powerful electric utilities are pushing changes that could blot out the industry in North Carolina.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:52:50 +0000 Ben Bradford 55562 at http://wfae.org NC Solar Industry In Jeopardy If Utilities Get Their Way NCDOT Defends I-77 Toll Lanes, But Key Questions Remain Unanswered http://wfae.org/post/ncdot-defends-i-77-toll-lanes-key-questions-remain-unanswered <p>The North Carolina Department of Transportation is hoping to relieve congestion on I-77 by adding two toll lanes. NCDOT officials came to the Charlotte Chamber Wednesday to talk up the project, but as WFAE’s Nick de la Canal reports, there are still basic questions that haven’t been answered.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">DOT officials made a hard sell to the Regional Transportation Committee Wednesday for adding toll lanes between Charlotte and Mooresville on I-77.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:15:33 +0000 Nick de la Canal 55557 at http://wfae.org NCDOT Defends I-77 Toll Lanes, But Key Questions Remain Unanswered Levine Museum Makes History With LGBT Exhibit http://wfae.org/post/levine-museum-makes-history-lgbt-exhibit <p>The Levine Museum of the New South is unveiling a historical exhibit Friday that is in itself historic.</p><p>Called “LGBTQ Perspectives on Equality,” the show is a combination of exhibits that tell the history of Charlotte’s gay and transgender community, including the largely forgotten stories of average Charlotteans who made that history happen. The show then puts their stories in context of the national gay civil rights movement.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:06:53 +0000 Mark Price 55549 at http://wfae.org Levine Museum Makes History With LGBT Exhibit Sealed Air Corporation Bringing 1,262 Jobs (And Bubble Wrap) To Charlotte http://wfae.org/post/sealed-air-corporation-bringing-1262-jobs-and-bubble-wrap-charlotte <p>The company behind Bubble Wrap is popping in nearly 1,300 jobs in Charlotte. Sealed Air Corporation announced Wednesday it's moving its headquarters here from New Jersey. The Fortune 500 company could eventually get more than $41 million in state and local incentives.</p><p></p><p>Before the announcement, Charlotte Chamber employees put strips of Bubble Wrap under everyone's seats.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:35:14 +0000 Michael Tomsic 55512 at http://wfae.org Sealed Air Corporation Bringing 1,262 Jobs (And Bubble Wrap) To Charlotte Group Readies For Arrival Of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children http://wfae.org/post/group-readies-arrival-unaccompanied-immigrant-children <p>Since October, an estimated 57,000 unaccompanied minors have entered the country. The Border Patrol estimates that number could reach 90,000 by the end of September, although the number of daily arrivals is starting to slow.</p><p>As debate continues in Washington over how to deal with this surge, the Latin American Coalition is busy making plans to help kids they expect to eventually end up in the Charlotte area.</p><p>WFAE’s Marshall Terry spoke to the Coalition’s Armando Bellmas. Here's their conversation.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:04:34 +0000 Marshall Terry 55475 at http://wfae.org