Ben Bradford http://wfae.org en WFAE Talks: Poet Controversy, Sales Tax Legislation, Signage Morass http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-poet-controversy-sales-tax-legislation-signage-morass <p>Heading into the week, we knew that topics like the budget, Common Core and teacher pay raises would be Statehouse news. We didn't expect a controversy to emerge over Governor McCrory's choice for poet laureate, who resigned Thursday evening. Greg, Lisa and Ben will discuss.</p><p>They will also discuss Senate legislation to cap the local sales tax in all counties. The bill would effectively kill a referendum on November's ballot that asks Mecklenburg County voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax hike that would go toward CMS pay raises, arts groups, CPCC and the library system.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:00:41 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Ben Bradford 55217 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks: Poet Controversy, Sales Tax Legislation, Signage Morass Biggest Meal Ever http://wfae.org/post/biggest-meal-ever <p>Thursday night at the Charlotte Convention Center, the city hosted the largest sit-down dinner in its history, and probably the state’s.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“There’s not a bigger facility than this in North Carolina, so it would be hard to think of them serving a bigger meal anywhere else,” says Charlotte Regional Visitor Authority CEO Tom Murray.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than 10,000 members of the black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, who have been in town celebrating their biennial </span>Boulé<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> all week, sat for a meal.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:08:58 +0000 Ben Bradford 55175 at http://wfae.org Biggest Meal Ever Dan River Dredging Finished, Less Than 10 Percent Of Ash Removed http://wfae.org/post/dan-river-dredging-finished-less-10-percent-ash-removed <p>Duke Energy announced it has finished actively cleaning coal ash from the Dan River, a little less than six months after a massive spill turned the water gray. The bulk of the ash will remain in the river.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Between 30,000 and 40,000 tons of ash, containing heavy metals including arsenic and lead, spilled into the river in February. It flowed down the Dan River, collecting in pockets on its banks and bottom.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:41:30 +0000 Ben Bradford 55067 at http://wfae.org Dan River Dredging Finished, Less Than 10 Percent Of Ash Removed Legal Bills Hurt Bank Of America Again In Q2 http://wfae.org/post/legal-bills-hurt-bank-america-again-q2 <p>Bank of America announced its second quarter earnings Wednesday morning. The nation’s second-largest bank returned to earning a profit, but missed analysts’ expectations, as it still feels the effect of bad mortgages.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:19:30 +0000 Ben Bradford 55039 at http://wfae.org Legal Bills Hurt Bank Of America Again In Q2 NC Fracking Comment Period Begins http://wfae.org/post/nc-fracking-comment-period-begins <p>The controversial oil and gas extraction process known as fracking took another step toward legalization in North Carolina Tuesday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state formally opened a public comment period, a time when anyone can officially weigh in on the rules that will ultimately govern </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:21:08 +0000 Ben Bradford 54990 at http://wfae.org NC Senate Unanimously Opposes House Coal Ash Changes http://wfae.org/post/nc-senate-unanimously-opposes-house-coal-ash-changes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The North Carolina House and Senate have found another area of disagreement to go along with the budget. One of the legislature’s top priorities—a bill to address coal ash—failed to advance to the governor’s desk Monday night.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:21:44 +0000 Ben Bradford 54915 at http://wfae.org Charlotte Officials Try To Put Up A Sign http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-officials-try-put-sign <p>How many people does it take to put up a sign? In Charlotte, the answer is a city councilman, the city manager, and a multi-departmental government task force.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:33:34 +0000 Ben Bradford 54865 at http://wfae.org Charlotte Officials Try To Put Up A Sign World Cup Fandom Hurts GDP Growth, UNCC Economist Finds http://wfae.org/post/world-cup-fandom-hurts-gdp-growth-uncc-economist-finds <p>Two soccer powerhouses, Germany and Argentina, will compete this weekend in the World Cup final. The tournament is the most watched sporting event on Earth, but that passion may have negative economic ramifications, a UNC-Charlotte economist has found.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:17:43 +0000 Ben Bradford 54793 at http://wfae.org World Cup Fandom Hurts GDP Growth, UNCC Economist Finds WFAE Talks: Voting Law Lawsuit, Republican Infighting At Statehouse, Heritage USA http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-voting-law-lawsuit-republican-infighting-statehouse-heritage-usa <p></p><p></p><p>WFAE Talks is back after a brief mid-summer hiatus. This week, reporter Michael Tomsic joins Greg Collard and Ben Bradford. Michael spent the week in Winston-Salem covering hearings in federal court over the Justice Department's challenge to North Carolina's voting law. The Justice Department and other groups want a federal judge to block parts of the law from taking effect in the upcoming general election.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:47:03 +0000 Greg Collard, Ben Bradford & Michael Tomsic 54735 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks: Voting Law Lawsuit, Republican Infighting At Statehouse, Heritage USA Charlotte's Under The Radar, $80M 911 Center http://wfae.org/post/charlottes-under-radar-80m-911-center <p>The City of Charlotte has undertaken several large capital projects in recent years, including the streetcar, the Blue Line Extension, and the transformation of Bojangles Arena into an amateur sports complex. One of the largest has received comparatively little attention: a new, $80 million emergency communications center, which also fits into a larger effort to upgrade an aging 911 system.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:20:07 +0000 Ben Bradford 54505 at http://wfae.org Charlotte's Under The Radar, $80M 911 Center