Duncan McFadyen http://wfae.org en There And Back: Lazy 5 Ranch http://wfae.org/post/there-and-back-lazy-5-ranch-0 <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">(Originally</em><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">aired July 15, 2013)&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you take Main Street east from downtown Mooresville, it becomes a two-lane country road. A few miles down, you’ll see some camels grazing behind a fence just a few yards from the pavement. That’s how the Lazy 5 Ranch started. In the late </span>1980s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a guy who liked to collect exotic animals would let school groups peer at the critters from his driveway, but as interest grew, he decided to let people get up close. It's become&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">very</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> popular.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:25:26 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 55052 at http://wfae.org There And Back: Lazy 5 Ranch Gov. McCrory Bypasses Arts Council In Selection Of Poet Laureate http://wfae.org/post/gov-mccrory-bypasses-arts-council-selection-poet-laureate <p>Sometimes a news story is best told in rhyme…so here goes:</p><p><em>There once was a governor named Pat<br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Who thought in verse this state should not lack</span><br />So he picked a poet<br />To be our State Laureate<br />But his pick others found out of whack.<br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here’s Duncan</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>McFadyen<br />To explain what has happened</em></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:05:43 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 54999 at http://wfae.org Gov. McCrory Bypasses Arts Council In Selection Of Poet Laureate Charlotte Organist Wins National Improv Competition http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-organist-wins-national-improv-competition <p class="Body">Charlotte organist Patrick Scott won the 2014 National Competition in Organ Improvisation, held June 26 in Boston. In addition to the competition's $3,000 first prize, Scott took the audience prize, which earned him an additional $1,500. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen profiled Scott earlier this year.</p><p class="Body">When you think of a church pipe organ, Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" probably isn't the first thing to come to mind. But<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;when organists give recitals, sometimes, they cut loose by improvising. Some take it further, actually playing in improvising competitions. </span></p><p class="Body">&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:47:28 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 43387 at http://wfae.org Charlotte Organist Wins National Improv Competition Wells Fargo Diversifies To Offset Decline In Home Lending http://wfae.org/post/wells-fargo-diversifies-offset-decline-home-lending <p>Wells Fargo’s profits were up for the second quarter. The bank is reporting net income of $5.73 billion. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports the company is trying to diversify in order to make up for a decline in its mortgage business.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:51:15 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 54748 at http://wfae.org Wells Fargo Diversifies To Offset Decline In Home Lending Family Dollar Announces Lower Earnings, Plans To Sell Beer And Wine http://wfae.org/post/family-dollar-announces-lower-earnings-plans-sell-beer-and-wine <p>Family Dollar yesterday announced net income for the third quarter fell by 33 percent to $81.1 million. Same store sales dropped 1.8 percent over the same period last year.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:30:01 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 54670 at http://wfae.org Family Dollar Announces Lower Earnings, Plans To Sell Beer And Wine Doctor, Teacher Charged With Prescription Fraud http://wfae.org/post/doctor-teacher-charged-prescription-fraud <p>A Rowan County doctor and his wife turned themselves in Wednesday morning after being indicted in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain the prescription pain killer hydrocodone. Overall, police have charged eight people, most of whom are teachers or teacher assistants.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:24:35 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 54615 at http://wfae.org Doctor, Teacher Charged With Prescription Fraud Icahn Exercises Option And Buys 9.4% Stake In Family Dollar http://wfae.org/post/icahn-exercises-option-and-buys-94-stake-family-dollar <p>Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn Wednesday exercised his stock options and became Family Dollar’s largest shareholder. The stock price for the Matthews-based company has gone up 8 percent since Icahn started pushing for a sale.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:50:44 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 54202 at http://wfae.org Icahn Exercises Option And Buys 9.4% Stake In Family Dollar There And Back: Crowders Mountain And Kings Mountain http://wfae.org/post/there-and-back-crowders-mountain-and-kings-mountain <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last summer we profiled attractions that you can visit as a day trip from the Charlotte region. The series was called “There and Back.” We are going to revisit that series each Wednesday for the rest of this summer.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;In this installment, we visit Crowders Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:56:57 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 28505 at http://wfae.org There And Back: Crowders Mountain And Kings Mountain UnitedHealthCare Will Offer Health Insurance On N.C. Exchange In 2015 http://wfae.org/post/unitedhealthcare-will-offer-health-insurance-nc-exchange-2015 <p>People looking to buy health insurance through the North Carolina exchange may soon have another company to choose from. UnitedHealthCare plans to offer federally-subsidized coverage in the state starting next year.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:03:42 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 54066 at http://wfae.org UnitedHealthCare Will Offer Health Insurance On N.C. Exchange In 2015 N.C. DENR Cites Duke Energy For More Leaking Drain Pipes At Coal Ash Dams http://wfae.org/post/nc-denr-cites-duke-energy-more-leaking-drain-pipes-coal-ash-dams <p>The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources has completed its review of video inspections of drain pipes at Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds. Engineers say Duke needs to repair or fill in pipes at all of its coal plants. The state issued 14 citations earlier this month and another nine yesterday. The drain pipes are part of the system that filters overflow water from coal ash ponds and sends it under the dams into nearby lakes or rivers. DENR spokeswoman Bridget Munger says the state ordered Duke to record video from inside the pipes following the large coal ash spill in February at Duke’s retired Dan River plant. But she explains that unlike the pipe that broke at Dan River, these pipes run under the dams, not under the ponds themselves.</p><p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:35:12 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 53839 at http://wfae.org N.C. DENR Cites Duke Energy For More Leaking Drain Pipes At Coal Ash Dams