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7:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Education Focus Of Tonight's Public Conversation

Join us tonight for The State of Public Education.
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

From class size and teacher pay to charter schools, changing test standards and the common core, public education has been big news of late.

Tuesday night, WFAE will hold a public conversation on the State of Public Education. The event begins at 7 at the UNC Charlotte Center City Auditorium. WFAE’s Tom Bullock will moderate the conversation. He spoke with WFAE Morning Edition host Marshall Terry.


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Local News
5:58 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Duke Energy Plans Major Solar Expansion In North Carolina

A Strata Solar project in Cleveland County. The company will sell a 65-megawatt project planned near Jacksonville, N.C. to Duke Energy.
Credit Strata Solar

The nation’s largest power company will also be one of the largest solar providers. Duke Energy wrapped up six months of shopping for solar projects today, and announced it will increase its North Carolina capacity by more than a third. Despite the increase, solar remains a tiny fraction of overall generation.


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Local News
4:44 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

AvidXchange Expanding, Creating 600 Jobs In Charlotte

Avidxchange co-founder Michael Praeger takes a moment as Gov. Pat McCrory applauds at a press conference in Charlotte.
Credit Michael Tomsic

 A software company founded in Charlotte is expanding to create about 600 jobs. AvidXchange will also build a new headquarters at the Music Factory.

AvidXchange's first office was in an old fire station on the corner of Ninth and Brevard in uptown Charlotte. When Michael Praeger co-founded the company in 2000, he said that office consisted of five desks in what looked like a small, brick warehouse.

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The Party Line
3:27 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Gender Politics Front And Center In Hagan-Tillis Race

The U.S. Senate race between Republican challenger Thom Tillis and Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan seems to be taking a notable shift in tone and approach, seemingly driven by gender.

Never mind that the race is between a man and a woman; the issues, ads, and even the polling have become representative of the classic ‘gender gap’ that surfaces within American politics.

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Local News
2:47 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Missing Water A Mystery For County Utility

Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities

County water officials have a bit of a mystery on their hands: the case of the missing 20 million gallons of water. Sunday afternoon workers noticed that a pump, which propels that amount of water per day into a water tank, is still operating. But it is not ending up in the water tank.


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Local News
1:46 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Headline Roundup: Charlotte Software Firm Expands, Duke Energy Invests More In Solar, More

A Charlotte software company that automates bill payments for corporations is being offered nearly $9 million if it adds 600 jobs. A state committee approved the deal today for AvidXchange Inc., which plans an expansion from its current 300 employees and will build a new headquarters at the NC Music Factory.

The state incentive fund would pay AvidXchange up to $7.5 million if it meets job targets. Local governments would pay another $1.1 million. The new jobs are expected to pay an average salary of more than $61,000. 

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Charlotte Observer
10:14 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Widespread Water Problems Reported Across Southeast Charlotte

About 50,000 homes and businesses in southeast Charlotte have been affected by low water pressure problems Monday morning, according to utilities officials.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities crews have been looking for the source of the problem throughout the night without success, officials said.

CMUD officials said engineers believe the low pressure – and in some cases, lack of water pressure – is being caused by a leak or a valve problem.

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Local News
8:29 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Festival Of India Celebrates 20 Years In Charlotte

More than 900 artists performed during the two-day festival in uptown Charlotte.
Tasnim Shamma

Twenty years ago, the inaugural Festival of India was held inside Spirit Square in uptown. It drew about 500 people. And every year since, the festival has gotten bigger as the Indian community in Charlotte grows.

This weekend, more than 20,000 people attended the festival.

  

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Local News
4:18 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

CMPD Officer Charged With Assault

CMPD Officer Jason Van Aken.
Credit Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

A Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officer is on unpaid leave after being charged with assaulting a man who was in police custody.


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WFAE Talks
3:15 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

WFAE Talks: Duke Rate Challenge, Mergers, Social Media

Credit WFAE

This week's show focuses on Attorney General Roy Cooper's latest challenge of a Duke Energy rate increase, two Charlotte companies that are the focus of takeover bids and social media. WFAE's social media coordinator, Katie Herzog, joins Greg Collard and Ben Bradford to discuss viral audio and some of WFAE's social media efforts.

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