Marshall Terry

Morning Edition Host

Marshall came to WFAE after graduating from Appalachian State University, where he worked at the campus radio station and earned a degree in communication. Outside of radio, he loves listening to music and going to see bands - preferably in small, dingy clubs.

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Famed NASCAR driver Buddy Baker has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 74. Baker competed in 700 races in a career that lasted more than three decades. Among his wins was the 1980 Daytona 500. He still holds the record for fastest average speed in a Daytona 500 win. Baker was known for achieving high speeds and was the first driver to break 200 miles per hour on a closed course. At 6-foot-6, Baker was known as the “Gentle Giant” and was the son of Hall of Fame Driver Buck Baker.

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Duke Energy’s earnings fell 11 percent in the second quarter, driven in part by weakness in international business. For the quarter, the utility reported earnings of $543 million, or 78 cents a share. That’s down from $609 million, or 86 cents a share, in the same quarter a year ago. The company owns hydroelectric dams in Latin America, primarily in Brazil. For the second quarter in a row, chief financial officer Steve Young told investors that drought conditions in Brazil have meant the government is running the dams less and a weak economy hasn’t helped either.

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Like many 18-year-olds, Cheridan Gowan of Cherryville is going off to college this fall.  She’ even got a full-ride scholarship through her sport.  It’s not basketball, softball, or tennis.  It’s rodeo. She’s headed for Howard College, right in the middle of one of the most competitive parts of the country for rodeo, west Texas.

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The debate over the Confederate flag has spurred another debate:  what to do with the Confederate monuments on public property throughout the South. Some are calling for their removal, like Charlotte NAACP President Corine Mack.

“Anywhere where taxpayers are paying for that property, they should be removed," Mack says.  "In fact, I think it would be fine to put it in a museum and have them on display there. So if you choose to go and find out about the history, you have the right to do so.”

Mack has support from Mecklenburg County Commission Chairman Trevor Fuller. But there are also commissioners who say removing them is in effect burying the past. Commissioners will discuss these monuments Tuesday night. Meanwhile we wanted to check out some of these monuments ourselves. Morning Edition host Marshall Terry did so with UNC Charlotte history professor David Goldfield.

Karen Briggs played with composer and keyboardist Yanni for more than a decade, and appeared on his best-selling "Live at the Acropolis" album. Briggs has also added her violin to symphony orchestras, Latin music, and even hip hop. She’s recorded with Wu Tang Clan, for instance. This weekend she’ll be in Charlotte as part of the Queen City Jazz Fest. We reached her by phone at home in North Hollywood.

Wednesday night was a busy night in Raleigh. First, House lawmakers voted 79-36 to override the governor’s veto of a bill that will allow employers to sue workers who secretly take pictures or record audio in their place of business. The Senate had already voted to override the veto, which means the bill will become law.

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Now time for another story in our periodic series Block by Block, looking at how neighborhoods are changing, in big and small ways.  A longtime fixture of Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood is closing this weekend.  For nearly 40 years, John’s Country Kitchen has been a place where friends gathered at the counter to catch up over pancakes and a cup of coffee. A place where new friendships were forged and old ones were rekindled.  The restaurant's owners are moving on to other things because the landlord of what’s become a prime space on Central Avenue is upping the rent. We recently stopped by on a busy morning and took a seat at the counter.

If you’re poor and grow up in Mecklenburg County, you have among the worst chances in the country of climbing the income ladder as you get older. That’s according to a study by a group of researchers at Harvard, who looked at the earnings records of millions of families. The study found poor children in Stanly County, just two counties over, have a much better chance at earning more money as adults. 

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Charlotte is known for its trees. Its tree canopy covers about 47 percent of the city. Don McSween has been a big part of growing it. For 33 years, he was in charge of maintaining and protecting the canopy as city arborist. He just retired, and on his last day on the job, McSween invited WFAE's Marshall Terry to go with him to one of his favorite tree spots in Charlotte: the line of oaks that hover over Tryon uptown. There we talked about his time as arborist and how he got into the work.

This weekend marks the 150th anniversary of the largest surrender of Confederate troops during the Civil War. It took place near Durham. North Carolina state history and tourism officials have been trying something new to get young people interested in the Civil War and to promote the role North Carolina played.  They’ve set up a Twitter account in the name of a real-life 19th century Lincolnton woman named Mary Chestnut. And to make "Mary’s tweets" about the Civil War more relatable to a modern audience, they’ve added references to today’s pop culture. Jeff Miles is the Department of Culture Resources web content manger and he joins WFAE's Marshall Terry to talk about the Twitter project.