Gwendolyn Glenn

CMS Board Members Vow To Defeat Charter School Bill

Several members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board vowed to do whatever they can to defeat any legislation that would allow officials in the town of Matthews to create a charter school. House Bill 514 would do just that. School board members say the bill will lead to higher taxes in Matthews and increased segregation in CMS.

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Charlotte Talks 20th Anniversary

Charlotte Talks Celebrates 20 Years: An Interactive Timeline

WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins celebrates 20 years on air Friday, April 20. This interactive timeline highlights some of the show's top moments.

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Drawing shows the concept for a redevelopment of two blocks along North Tryon Street in Charlotte.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library/DaVinci Development Collaborative

Forces are at work behind the scenes on a series of projects expected to transform the 50-block North Tryon Street area in Uptown Charlotte. Developers, property owners and others involved are offering the public a look at what's to come at a free event Thursday night with food and entertainment.

Air quality in the Carolinas has improved in recent years, thanks to environmental laws.
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The American Lung Association's annual air quality report is out. It gives good grades overall for air quality in the Carolinas, though some cities saw slight increases in bad air days between 2014 and 2016 - the latest data available.

A riot at Lee Correctional Institute in Bishopville resulted in the deaths of seven inmates.
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A civil rights organization is accusing South Carolina prison officials of using inmate cell phones as a scapegoat for the violent riot at Lee Correctional Institution this week. Officials with the local state chapter of the National Action Network are calling for an FBI investigation into the incident and for the prison’s warden to resign.

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The Charlotte Observer’s president and publisher Ann Caulkins is stepping down after 12 years, the newspaper announced Wednesday. She will be succeeded by Georgia publisher Rodney Mahone.

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration warned Turkey on Wednesday that it is considering punitive "consequences" if the NATO ally does not throw out the charges or acquit an American pastor accused of espionage and aiding terrorist groups.

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Early voting for the 2018 North Carolina primary elections will begin on April 19.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

A Charlotte man has been charged Wednesday with several counts of illicit drug trafficking.

According to CMPD, police seized nearly $146,000 worth of various types of marijuana, meth and prescription drugs from Refugio Najir Gutierrez Espinoza, 37. Police said they also seized high-powered firearms and protective gear from Espinoza. 

Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday after a series of hospitalizations. She was the wife of former President George H.W. Bush and the mother of former President George W. Bush.

Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush initially thought she'd grow up to become a nurse. "But then I met that marvelous George Bush and the nursing went out the window," she told Fresh Air in 1994.

Charlotte Talks: Reforming Our Prison Systems

Apr 18, 2018
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 

North Carolina prisons face serious troubles from staff shortages, to dangerous conditions and corruption.  We sit down with our State's Director of Prisons, two reporters who are covering this, as well as the director of NC-CURE, to discuss what can be done about this growing problem.

WFAE’s Joni Deutsch has been honored with a 2018 Gracie Award for “A Change of Tune’s 30 Days of #WVmusic,” a podcast she hosted and produced at West Virginia Public Broadcasting. 

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