UNC President Margaret Spellings joined Charlotte Talks Monday, March 19, 2018.
Erin Keever / WFAE

UNC President Sees Legislature As Key To Keeping College Tuition Down

Margaret Spellings, the former secretary of education and current president of the UNC system, has been on the job for two years now. During that time, tuition at three system schools has been reduced to less than $1,000 a semester and there’s still more work to be done to lower the cost of college. On WFAE’s Charlotte Talks Monday morning, Spellings also expressed sympathy for current education secretary Betsy DeVos.

Read More

FAQ City: Community-Powered Stories

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

The Blue Line Extension: You've Got Questions, He's Got Answers

It was only around 70 years ago that Charlotte had a booming trolley system, with dozens of orange-colored streetcars running up and down the middle of Queens Road, The Plaza, and other surrounding streets and neighborhoods. That is, until the late 1930s came around, and the city dismantled the system, envisioning a future where cars and buses would become the city's primary modes of transportation.

Read More

Vladimir Putin won a fourth term as Russia's president on Sunday in a vote designed to be more of a referendum on his 18 years in power than a competitive election.

According to official results as of Monday morning, Putin swept up almost 77 percent of the vote, with Communist candidate Pavel Grudinin trailing in a distant second with less than 12 percent. None of the other six pre-approved candidates rose above the single digits.

AUSTIN, Texas— The Latest on the bombings in Austin, Texas

11:20 a.m.

Austin's police chief says officers have completed a sweep of the neighborhood where the latest in a string of bombings occurred and deemed it safe, but he asked those who live there to remain indoors until 2 p.m.

Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference Monday that although officers didn't find anything suspicious while canvassing the southwestern Austin residential neighborhood of Travis Country, investigators are still collecting evidence.

Broward County Sheriff's Office/ Wikipedia

MIAMI  — Documents show some officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month's Florida high school rampage that they decided he should be forcibly committed. But the recommendation was never acted upon.

Cruz is accused of the shooting rampage that killed 14 students and three school employees at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14. In addition, 17 people were wounded.

A commitment under the law would have made it more difficult if not impossible for Nikolas Cruz to obtain a gun legally.

UNC President Margaret Spellings joined Charlotte Talks Monday, March 19, 2018.
Erin Keever / WFAE

Monday, March 19, 2018

Margaret Spellings talks about her first two years as president of the University of North Carolina system and more.

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Every so often we hear about alligator sightings well outside their natural habitat in the Charlotte region.  Last month, a group of fishermen found a dead 5-foot gator in the Catawba River near Belmont. Last year, two alligators were hit and killed by cars – one in Union County and the other in York County.   It got us thinking:  just how did they get here?  

Last week, when #firingFriday was trending on Twitter and White House aides had to be reassured by the chief of staff that no changes were imminent, President Trump embraced the uncertainty in public statements. His willingness to say "you're fired" to so many people, so early in his administration, is just another way Trump is unlike those who have come before him.

Vladimir Putin won a landslide election victory on Sunday — the fourth anniversary of the annexation of Crimea — extending his presidency by another six years as he easily breezed past a field of minor candidates left by the disqualification of his only credible rival.

If Putin serves to the end of his new fourth term, which expires in 2024, he would become the longest-serving leader of Russia since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.


Congressional Republicans say they still support special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference even as the president continued his offensive Sunday against the investigation, as well as a recently fired high-ranking FBI official, Andrew McCabe.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

The proposed historic landmark designation of Charlotte’s old Wilmore Elementary school is back on the City Council agenda.


Updated at 10:25 p.m. ET

Before Washington, D.C., had fully processed the late-night firing of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who was let go by Attorney General Jeff Sessions less than 48 hours before his planned retirement after more than two decades of service to the bureau, the saga took several new, head-spinning turns Saturday.



Share Your Story

WFAE is working on a story about sexual assault and how it's addressed in the Charlotte area.

Announcing the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest

Calling all North Carolina musicians with big dreams for the Tiny Desk!

Get WFAE news delivered to your inbox.

Sign up for our daily or weekly news email.

Double the Value of Your Support!

Many employers will match, or DOUBLE, the charitable contributions of their staff.