WFAE Talks http://wfae.org en WFAE Talks: Film Incentives, Airport Politics, Cowell's Alternative Investments http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-film-incentives-airport-politics-cowells-alternative-investments <p>The producers of Cinemax's "Banshee" are moving production from Charlotte to New Orleans. The reason: North Carolina's revised - and much smaller - film industry incentives program isn't competitive.</p><p>We'll also discuss the latest in Charlotte airport politics and Tom Bullock's 2-part series that examines how Treasurer Janet Cowell is investing the state's pension fund.</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:59:36 +0000 Greg Collard, Ben Bradford & Tom Bullock 57806 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks: Film Incentives, Airport Politics, Cowell's Alternative Investments WFAE Talks: Voucher Ruling, Garbage, I-77 Tolls And NCDOT Caginess http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-voucher-ruling-garbage-i-77-tolls-and-ncdot-caginess <p>News Director Greg Collard, education reporter Lisa Miller and Money &amp; Influence reporter Tom Bullock discuss a Wake County judge's ruling against North Carolina's publicly-funded private school voucher program. They also discuss the idea of paying for garbage collection with a per-bag system, and the continuing debate over I-77 toll lanes. In a related matter, Greg reads his frustrating email exchange with a North Carolina Department of Transportation spokeswoman. Plus, Lisa and Tom give previews of upcoming series on the cost of higher education and North Carolina's investment strategy for its pension system.</p><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:18:08 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Tom Bullock 57388 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks: Voucher Ruling, Garbage, I-77 Tolls And NCDOT Caginess WFAE Talks: Sales Tax Debate, Beacon Initiative, Misleading Use Of WFAE In Political Email http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-sales-tax-debate-beacon-initiative-misleading-use-wfae-political-email <p>The proposed sales tax hike in Mecklenburg County gets the endorsement of most school board members, but how the referendum came about runs several of them the wrong way. There's also a new effort to help struggling schools. It's called the Beacon Initiative. Education reporter Lisa Miller fills us in.</p><p>Plus, News Director Greg Collard explains why it's misleading for&nbsp; the National Republican Senatorial Committee to cite this <a href="http://wfae.org/post/hagan-tillis-race-toss-not-so-fast">Party Line blog post</a> in arguing that its Democratic counterparts have "hit the panic button" with a $9 million ad buy on behalf of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.</p><p>WFAE's top utility player, Marshall Terry, fills in for Ben Bradford on this week's episode.</p><p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:39:36 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Marshall Terry 56986 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks: Sales Tax Debate, Beacon Initiative, Misleading Use Of WFAE In Political Email WFAE Talks: Art Pope Resignation, Education Funding Changes, Hunger Games, Nick de la Canal http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-art-pope-resignation-education-funding-changes-hunger-games-nick-de-la-canal <p>This week, Governor McCrory choked up when he announced the resignation of Budget Director Art Pope. Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss Pope's influence in the McCrory administration.</p><p>Lisa explains how lawmakers significantly changed how the state decides to fund school system enrollment growth.</p><p>Plus, we say goodbye to our summer intern, Nick de la Canal. Nick also talks about his story about unwelcome visitors to the Burke County property where the Hunger Games was filmed.</p><p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:37:49 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Ben Bradford 56524 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks: Art Pope Resignation, Education Funding Changes, Hunger Games, Nick de la Canal WFAE Talks: The Budget, Lawmaker Tensions, Sales Tax, Coal Ash = Sleepy Reporters http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-budget-lawmaker-tensions-sales-tax-coal-ash-sleepy-reporters <p>News Director Greg Collard and reporters Ben Bradford and Tom Bullock (sitting in for Lisa Miller) discuss how lawmakers <em>finally</em> reached a budget deal. They also discuss the myriad of disputes that have dragged out and kept Tom and Ben up late at night, even prompting one of them to turn a WFAE studio into a bedroom of sorts.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:04:20 +0000 Greg Collard, Ben Bradford & Tom Bullock 56089 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks: The Budget, Lawmaker Tensions, Sales Tax, Coal Ash = Sleepy Reporters WFAE Talks: Dark Days Looming For Solar? Teacher Recruitment, Sales Tax Debate http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-dark-days-looming-solar-teacher-recruitment-sales-tax-debate <p>The solar industry has been booming in North Carolina, but that boom could be coming to an end, as Ben Bradford <a href="http://wfae.org/post/nc-solar-industry-jeopardy-if-utilities-get-their-way?nopop=1">reported</a> this week. Ben Bradford provides analysis of what's going on.</p><p>Greg, Lisa and Ben also discuss the Houston school system's recruitment of North Carolina teachers, and the legislative debate over capping county sales taxes. Plus, the MeghaMeter returns.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:42:50 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Ben Bradford 55642 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks: Dark Days Looming For Solar? Teacher Recruitment, Sales Tax Debate 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. 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><p></p><p>Plus, Ben explains what's he's learned about Charlotte's sign ordinance. Signs are no simple matter.</p><p></p><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 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><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 WFAE Talks Overblown Water Test Results, Higher Ed http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-overblown-water-test-results-higher-ed <p>Lisa Miller discusses a higher education project that she and Michael Tomsic are working on. Ben Bradford explains why media reports on carcinogens found in some Rowan County water wells are overblown. And this week's "MeghaMeter" segment scrutinizes a press release from the National Republican Senatorial Committee.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:08:55 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Ben Bradford 53365 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks Overblown Water Test Results, Higher Ed WFAE Talks The Latest Airport Fight, A Proposed Sales Tax Hike, Murrows http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-latest-airport-fight-proposed-sales-tax-hike-murrows <p>Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the latest legislative strategy to force Charlotte city government to give up control of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and a proposed quarter-cent sales tax hike to help supplement the salaries of CMS employees and fund a few other programs.</p><p>Plus, Greg and Lisa talk to Ben about his big week. He was named the winner of a national Edward R. Murrow Award for this <a href="http://wfae.org/post/1200-turn-out-moral-monday-protest-raleigh">story</a>.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:20:04 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Ben Bradford 52897 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks The Latest Airport Fight, A Proposed Sales Tax Hike, Murrows