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Designing Charlotte's Thanksgiving Day Parade

On a recent afternoon, inside a bustling, 8,000 square foot warehouse off Remount Road, workers are carrying out their final preparations for this year's Thanksgiving Day Parade. On one end of the warehouse, workers are testing a life-size locomotive that's spewing steam from its smokestack. On the other end, a painter is doing detail work on Santa's workshop.

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FAQ City Voices

FAQ City: How To 'Compel' People To Interact With Those Different From Them?

WFAE asked Charlotteans for answers to this listener-submitted question.

When accusations surfaced that Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old, Raleigh lawyer Catherine Lawson responded with the hash tag #MeAt14. She tweeted a photo of herself at that age with the words: "Can’t consent at 14. Not in Alabama. Not anywhere."

It caught on and thousands used the hash tag to tweet pictures of themselves as a way to emphasize that children that age can’t consent to sex. Lawson spoke with WFAE’s Sarah Delia.
 

JCSU

Johnson C. Smith University has received $1.8 million in grants to expand its STEM program and expose students at two schools in west Charlotte to computer science and other forms of technology.

The CMPD officer who shot Reuben Galindo will not face criminal charges, says Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray.

Galindo, a 29-year-old Hispanic man, called police on the night of September 6th, saying he had a gun with no bullets and wanted officers to come to his home. After a brief encounter with officers, Galindo was shot twice and died steps away from his home. The gun in Galindo's possession did not have ammunition.

Robert D. Raiford
WRFX

Broadcaster Robert D. Raiford has died. He spent more than 70 years on the airwaves, starting as a teenager in Concord, then moving on to a career around the country before returning to Charlotte. Listeners nationwide got to know him as the "curmudgeon at large" on the Charlotte-based "John Boy and Billy Show." 

The man accused of fatally shooting a Charlotte Observer carrier during what police say was a robbery attempt earlier this year has pleaded not guilty.  Twenty-three-year-old Roger Best is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of 65-year-old Walter “Wes” Scott Jr.   Scott was shot around 2:30 a.m. on February 15th while he was delivering newspapers near Romare Bearden Park in uptown.  His body was found in a crosswalk leading to the park.  

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Charlotte Business Journal's Erik Spanberg is our guest host as we gather our roundtable of reporters to go through the week’s top local and regional stories... including an update on legislative maps in North Carolina, CMS buses erupting in flames and the Mecklenburg County health director taking heat for comments about Charlotte being a “party town”. That and much more, on the Friday News Roundup.

Alex Olgin / WFAE News

The board of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare is meeting Friday. Normally this alone is not news. But the last few months have been anything but normal for the largest behavioral health managed care organization in the state.

Updated at 4:05 p.m. ET

Another prominent public figure has been accused of making unwanted sexual advances. Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden said now-Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., forced himself on her and groped her while the two were on a USO tour in 2006.

In February, workers used a giant crane to lower a containment vessel ring into place at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in Fairfield County, S.C.
SCANA

Updated 1:50 p.m.
South Carolina Electric & Gas is offering to cut customer rates by 3.5 percent immediately, and more in the future, as part of a proposed settlement related to the cancellation of a failed nuclear project.

John Simmons / Charlotte Observer

Five North Carolina prison workers have died at the hands of inmates this year. In October, inmates killed two prison workers outright and fatally injured two others at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City. An officer was killed in April at Bertie Correctional Institution in the eastern part of the state. The Charlotte Observer's Ames Alexander and Gavin Off have reported on how a staffing shortage may have contributed to those deaths and is making the jobs of many prison officers more dangerous.

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FAQ City: Community-Powered Stories

How Can People Interact With Those of Different Races, Beliefs, Etc.?

A listener wrote to us not long ago asking what could be done to compel Charlotteans to regularly interact with residents of different races, classes, lifestyles, and beliefs.

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Looking Back on 4 Decades of 'Car Talk'

Show's executive producer and listeners share their favorite memories

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Charlotte Homicides In 2017 - A Look At The Victims

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