Local News http://wfae.org en Group Readies For Arrival Of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children http://wfae.org/post/group-readies-arrival-unaccompanied-immigrant-children <p>Since October, an estimated 57,000 unaccompanied minors have entered the country. The Border Patrol estimates that number could reach 90,000 by the end of September, although the number of daily arrivals is starting to slow.</p><p>As debate continues in Washington over how to deal with this surge, the Latin American Coalition is busy making plans to help kids they expect to eventually end up in the Charlotte area.</p><p>WFAE’s Marshall Terry spoke to the Coalition’s Armando Bellmas. Here's their conversation.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:04:34 +0000 Marshall Terry 55475 at http://wfae.org Asbestos Claimants Fire Back As Charlotte Bankruptcy Case Draws National Attention http://wfae.org/post/asbestos-claimants-fire-back-charlotte-bankruptcy-case-draws-national-attention <p>Back in January, a federal judge in Charlotte issued what some have called a watershed decision in the murky world of asbestos litigation. The judge laid out how lawyers for asbestos plaintiffs withheld evidence and misled courts in old cases against a gasket manufacturer called Garlock. Since that decision, Garlock's bankruptcy case has drawn the attention of federal lawmakers, large auto companies, and health insurers.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:13:42 +0000 Michael Tomsic 55469 at http://wfae.org Asbestos Claimants Fire Back As Charlotte Bankruptcy Case Draws National Attention Senate Changes County Sales Tax Bill; Still Kills Meck County Vote http://wfae.org/post/senate-changes-county-sales-tax-bill-still-kills-meck-county-vote <p></p><p></p><p>On Monday night the Senate Finance Committee debated county sales taxes again.</p><p>That bill was changed but not in a way that would keep a planned Mecklenburg county vote alive.</p><p>Generally, if you buy something in Mecklenburg county, you currently pay 7.25 percent in sales tax. The majority of that tax goes to the state, but 2.5 percent goes to the county.</p><p>The original senate proposal capped the sales tax rate every county could charge at 2.5 percent. That original senate plan passed the finance committee unanimously last Wednesday.</p><p>So what was the big change?&nbsp; It comes down to two words: either, or.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:35:56 +0000 Tom Bullock 55394 at http://wfae.org Senate Changes County Sales Tax Bill; Still Kills Meck County Vote CMPD Considers Renewing Gang Injunction In Hidden Valley http://wfae.org/post/cmpd-considers-renewing-gang-injunction-hidden-valley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last summer,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wfae.org/post/court-rules-hidden-valley-kings-gang-members-cant-mingle" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;" target="_blank">a judge issued an injunction</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">against the Hidden Valley Kings in north Charlotte.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That made Mecklenburg the first county in the state to implement&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2011/Bills/House/HTML/H673v5.html" target="_blank">a new law&nbsp;</a>that allows judges to order suspected gang members not to associate with each other in public, possess a gun or be near anyone carrying drugs or firearms.</span></p><p>Charlotte Mecklenburg police say the injunction has reduced crime in Hidden Valley and it will soon expire. But, they're not sure if they're going to ask for an extension.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:24:00 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 55309 at http://wfae.org CMPD Considers Renewing Gang Injunction In Hidden Valley 4 Charged In June Murder Case http://wfae.org/post/4-charged-june-murder-case <p>Police have arrested four people in the past two days on charges stemming from a fatal shooting last month in North Charlotte. The three men and one woman, aged from 23 to 29, are suspects in the June 22<sup>nd</sup> shooting death of Terrance Johnson.&nbsp; He died after he was shot during an afternoon argument at a house on Wynbrook Way, off Graham Street near I-85.&nbsp; The four people face murder, robbery and other charges. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:47:24 +0000 David Boraks 55282 at http://wfae.org Camps No Longer Mandatory For Struggling 3rd-Graders http://wfae.org/post/camps-no-longer-mandatory-struggling-3rd-graders <p>North Carolina’s third grade reading law gave parents, teachers and students a lot of anxiety this year about the requirements to move on to fourth grade. Summer reading camps for struggling readers were a requirement. But those reading camps are no longer mandatory.&nbsp;</p><p>Thousands of third graders across the state are spending summer days in school getting extra help on reading. A new state law required them to do that because they weren’t reading at grade-level.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:38:22 +0000 Lisa Miller 55222 at http://wfae.org NC's Controversial Poet Laureate Resigns http://wfae.org/post/ncs-controversial-poet-laureate-resigns <p>RALEIGH Valerie Macon, whose appointment as North Carolina poet laureate sparked outrage among the state’s writerly class, has resigned from the post less than a week after Gov. Pat McCrory appointed her.</p><p>Macon could not be reached for comment Thursday night. But she released a statement thanking McCrory and “the many individuals” she said supported her.</p><p>“I do not want the negative attention that this appointment has generated to discourage or distract attention from the Office of the Poet Laureate,” she wrote.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:14:12 +0000 David Menconi 55200 at http://wfae.org NC's Controversial Poet Laureate Resigns 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 NC Senate Bill May Kill Meck Teacher Pay Increase; Common Core In Limbo http://wfae.org/post/nc-senate-bill-may-kill-meck-teacher-pay-increase-common-core-limbo <p></p><p>Teacher Pay and Common Core were the news out of Raleigh on Wednesday.</p><p>The House passed a bill that puts the future of Common Core standards in limbo. Governor McCrory says he’ll sign the measure into law. And a bill making its way through the state Senate would effectively kill a Mecklenburg County vote this November. That referendum asks voters if they want an increase in sales tax to help pay for teacher raises and funding for the arts.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:25:28 +0000 Tom Bullock & Lisa Miller 55062 at http://wfae.org NC Senate Bill May Kill Meck Teacher Pay Increase; Common Core In Limbo 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