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1:44 am
Thu April 2, 2015

NC Science Panel Revisits Sea Level Rise

Credit Megha Punjani / Flickr

A state science panel predicts sea level could rise off the coast by an average of seven inches over the next 30 years. The report is the first from the science panel, since state lawmakers blocked an earlier version that predicted extreme effects.


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Local News
1:41 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Updated Count Provides More Information About Charlotte's Chronically Homeless

Volunteers in uptown Charlotte for a 3-day count of homeless people, January 29, 2015.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

A count of chronically homeless people in Charlotte this year turned up 516 people in need of help. For three days in January, a couple hundred volunteers fanned out to search streets, parks, shelters, hospitals, jails and homeless camps. Among the people they found was Al Gorman, living in a tent in Huntersville. Since then, the Urban Ministry Center has helped him find a place to live.

"They were great facilitators; they helped me get an ID, use their mailing address and everything else…put me in for social security online," he says.

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WFAEats
4:12 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Don't Panic: The Perfect Passover

Chocolate matzo
Amy Rogers

After 5,000 years, you’d think we’d know how to deal. But here it comes again, and some of us are still unprepared for Passover, the feast that commemorates the biblical story of Exodus.

Fortunately, help is at hand – and as close as your bookstore.

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Local News
6:02 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Sports Startup Entrepreneurs Pitch Ideas At Charlotte's 'Sports Tank'

Jason Kristufek, the founder of Fanstreamm at The Comedy Zone in Charlotte.
Credit Stephanie Dohmlo / TPG Sports Group

On the ABC show Shark Tank, entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to potential investors. The investors, or sharks as they’re called, either sink the propositions, or get on board and invest. A Charlotte sports company called TPG Sports Group held their own version of the event last week called Sports Tank. Fourteen entrepreneurs from around the country pitched their ideas. 

Jason Kristufek flew to Charlotte from Lincoln, Nebraska. He’s seeking a $500,000 investment in his company.

"You’re always nervous. You’re in front of a crowd presenting. You never know what kind of questions they’re going to ask," he says.   

He’s the founder of Fanstreamm. It’s an app for groups of people to buy tickets to minor league games. It also collects data from users which they can use to market strategically and get users to buy more tickets. 

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Arts
5:39 am
Wed April 1, 2015

NC Native Rhiannon Giddens Brings New Music To Charlotte

Credit Courtesy of Rhiannon Giddens.

Rhiannon  Giddens is best known as one of the founding members the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Now she’s stepped out on her own. Her debut solo album “Tomorrow Is My Turn” is a collection of songs that range from gospel to country and includes works made famous by Nina Simone, Dolly Parton, and Patsy Cline—just to name a few. She says she hopes the album will not only be enjoyable—but also an educational experience on American music.

Giddens performs tonight at the McGlohon Theater in Spirit Square.


Local News
3:18 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Headline Roundup: SC State Launches Plan To Raise $20 Million; More

South Carolina State University trustees have signed off on a plan to raise $20 million over 3 years. The Orangeburg Times-Democrat reports the financially-troubled school hopes to launch the effort before a team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools visits to gauge its progress in two weeks.

SC State’s accreditation has been on probation since last summer. As of the end of last month, the state’s only historically black public university owed more than $23 million in debt to vendors and the state.
 

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Local News
2:54 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Larson Sentenced To 6 - 17 Months

Wanda Larson
Credit Union County Jail

A Union County woman Tuesday pleaded guilty in the case of an 11-year old foster child who was found shackled to a porch, with a dead chicken tied around his neck. Wanda Larson and her longtime boyfriend, Dorian Harper were arrested in November, 2013 after a sheriff’s deputy investigating a loose dog complaint found the boy shivering on the porch. Larson was a Union County social services supervisor at the time. 

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Local News
9:29 am
Tue March 31, 2015

In NC Case, US Supreme Court Rules Tracking Device Is A Search

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that North Carolina courts were wrong to decide that GPS ankle bracelets don't count as searches.

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Local News
9:10 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Uncertain Progress For NC Cities, Counties Seeking Lost Tax Revenue

An earlier draft of last year's legislation that removed the local business privilege license tax.
Credit NC General Assembly

Local leaders are still hoping North Carolina lawmakers will find a way to replace money lost from the elimination of the business license tax. Governor Pat McCrory reiterated his support for that Monday.  But after more than a year and despite that talk, prospects in Raleigh remain uncertain.


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Politics
7:03 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

McCrory Lashes Out On Sales Tax And Magistrate Bills

Governor Pat McCrory
Credit Courtesy of the Governor's Office

In an hour-long interview with WFAE’s Charlotte Talks Monday, Governor Pat McCrory lashed out at Republican lawmakers in Raleigh for what he sees as bad and misguided legislation. This includes a proposal to redistribute sales tax and what’s become known as ‘The Magistrate Bill.’

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