Public Conversations http://wfae.org en Charlotte's $2.1 Billion Budget, Made Possible Through Big Sales Tax Collections http://wfae.org/post/charlottes-21-billion-budget-made-possible-through-big-sales-tax-collections <p>The Charlotte City Council on Monday night adopted a budget that increases the city’s spending about 7 percent without raising property taxes.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:09:39 +0000 Michael Tomsic 52617 at http://wfae.org Charlotte's $2.1 Billion Budget, Made Possible Through Big Sales Tax Collections WFAE Talks Common Core, Water Pollution, And More Water Pollution http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-common-core-water-pollution-and-more-water-pollution <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina lawmakers move to take Common Core education standards off the books. Greg, Lisa and Ben also discuss </span>WFAE's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> latest Public Conversations forum, </span><a href="http://wfae.org/post/whats-our-water" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>What's In Our Water?</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Plus, the reason environmentalists are so upset with Governor </span>McCrory's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> coal ash proposal.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 07:13:21 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Ben Bradford 49787 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks Common Core, Water Pollution, And More Water Pollution What's In Our Water? http://wfae.org/post/whats-our-water <p>At WFAE's Public Conversation on "What's In Our Water," reporter Ben Bradford opened the community forum by presenting an overview of the Catawba River Basin including the lakes that provide Charlotte's drinking water supply, threats to the regions water quality, and the water treatment process.</p><p><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfae/files/201404/Water-Intro.pdf?__utma=100058712.1810474877.1389368090.1398273624.1398278118.272&amp;__utmb=100058712.52.7.1398279594512&amp;__utmc=100058712&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=100058712.1393950316.109.2.utmcsr=t.co|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/KtBOg5cixT&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=183257766">View slide presentation to accompany introduction.</a> (Attached as PDF.)</p><p>This Public Conversation&nbsp;offered perspectives from Charlotte and Mecklenburg County water quality and water treatment officials, the local Riverkeeper organization, and the real estate and building industry. The discussion covered topics from water quality monitoring and government regulations, to concerts about the pollution from coal ash stored near North Carolina rivers and lakes.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Moderator:<br />Lisa Miller, </strong>WFAE reporter</p><p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Panelists:</span></strong><br style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;"><strong>Richard Gaskins,</strong> executive director at Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation</span><br style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;"><strong>Barry Gullet,</strong> director at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities</span><br style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;" /><strong>Joe Padilla, </strong>Executive Director; Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition<br /><strong>Rusty Rozzelle, </strong>Water Quality Program Manager; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Stormwater Services<br style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;" /><br style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;" />&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:00:00 +0000 WFAE 48297 at http://wfae.org What's In Our Water? A Rundown Of Who Could Be Charlotte's Next Mayor http://wfae.org/post/rundown-who-could-be-charlottes-next-mayor <p></p><p>The race for the next Mayor of Charlotte will be decided by 11 votes. No the fix is not in for our next election. Only members of the city council will be able to vote for the person who will fill out Patrick Cannon’s term. That vote is expected on Monday.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:40:00 +0000 Lisa Miller 48228 at http://wfae.org A Rundown Of Who Could Be Charlotte's Next Mayor Charlotte's Next Mayor On Tonight's Council Agenda http://wfae.org/post/charlottes-next-mayor-tonights-council-agenda <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tonight, Charlotte City Council may have an answer to this question – who is the next mayor of Charlotte?</span></p><p>But no matter what happens at tonight's meeting, Council will undoubtedly try to reassure the public the city is moving on from former mayor Patrick Cannon.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Tom Bullock 47897 at http://wfae.org Carlee: Charges Against Cannon Don't Represent How City Runs http://wfae.org/post/carlee-charges-against-cannon-dont-represent-how-city-runs <p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte city government officials are now dealing with the aftermath of <a href="http://wfae.org/post/how-fbis-case-against-cannon-went-down" target="_blank">former mayor Patrick Cannon’s arrest and resignation</a>.&nbsp;Charlotte could have a new mayor as soon as Monday. </span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:57:38 +0000 Lisa Miller 47850 at http://wfae.org Carlee: Charges Against Cannon Don't Represent How City Runs How The FBI's Case Against Cannon Went Down http://wfae.org/post/how-fbis-case-against-cannon-went-down <p>On Wednesday morning, Patrick Cannon was Mayor of Charlotte and a rising political figure in the state. Less than 24 hours later he’s out on bond, no longer in government, and facing a host of federal charges. The story of his fall is one of undercover cops, multi-million dollar investments, bugged apartments, and feminine hygiene products. WFAE’s Ben Bradford and Tom Bullock bring us this report.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 04:49:01 +0000 Tom Bullock & Ben Bradford 47771 at http://wfae.org How The FBI's Case Against Cannon Went Down Mayor Cannon Resigns After Arrest On Federal Bribery Charges http://wfae.org/post/mayor-cannon-resigns-after-arrest-federal-bribery-charges <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>UPDATE: 7:30 a.m. Thursday</em></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon </span><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfae/files/201403/CannonResignationLetter.pdf?__utma=100058712.665783570.1395344721.1395856381.1395875887.13&amp;__utmb=100058712.74.7.1395876992326&amp;__utmc=100058712&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=100058712.1395674403.9.2.utmcsr=charlotteobserver.com|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/2014/03/23/4789086/uncc-updating-engineering-courses.html&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=150381238" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">has resigned</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> after the FBI <a href="http://wfae.org/post/how-fbis-case-against-cannon-went-down" target="_blank">arrested him Wednesday on federal corruption charges</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfae/files/201403/Cannon_As_Filed_Complaint_0.pdf" target="_blank">federal criminal complaint</a> says the FBI received a tip in August 2010 </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">from local law enforcement that Cannon was potentially involved in illegal activities and public corruption</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The FBI began an undercover investigation </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">posing as commercial real estate developers and investors looking to do business in Charlotte.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:12:22 +0000 WFAE News 47739 at http://wfae.org Mayor Cannon Resigns After Arrest On Federal Bribery Charges City Council Considers $300 Million In New Spending http://wfae.org/post/city-council-considers-300-million-new-spending <p>Charlotte is considering nearly $300 million of new spending on projects for the next fiscal year. City council members met Wednesday night to hear the proposals.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Capital projects are physical things like runways, city parks and desk chairs. Charlotte currently has $25 million of available funding for such projects, basically wiggle room for the 2015 budget.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Which means in order to pay for some or all of these requests, the city would likely have to raise taxes or fees or take on debt. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:12:46 +0000 Tom Bullock 47303 at http://wfae.org City Council Considers $300 Million In New Spending Trying To Make Charlotte Google's Next "Fiber-Hood" http://wfae.org/post/trying-make-charlotte-googles-next-fiber-hood <p></p><p>The city of Charlotte was recently given a bit of homework. How the city answers a series of questions will determine if neighborhoods like South Park, Uptown and Dilworth will be Google’s next fiber-hoods. So what could Google Fiber in Charlotte mean for consumers and businesses alike? &nbsp;</p><div> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Tom Bullock 46375 at http://wfae.org Trying To Make Charlotte Google's Next "Fiber-Hood"