Local News http://wfae.org en 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 York County vs Evangelicals: The Battle Over 'Heritage USA' Ruins http://wfae.org/post/york-county-vs-evangelicals-battle-over-heritage-usa-ruins <p>If you’ve been in the area long enough, you’ll remember Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, the televangelists who built a sprawling religious theme park in Fort Mill in the 1980s. A scandal led to the park closing its doors. Now, a new evangelical ministry is hoping to restore parts of the old theme park, but as WFAE’s Nick de la Canal reports, there’s a fear that history may repeat itself.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:53:09 +0000 Nick de la Canal 54652 at http://wfae.org York County vs Evangelicals: The Battle Over 'Heritage USA' Ruins Federal Judge Set To Decide If NC Voting Changes Will Cause 'Irreparable Harm' In November http://wfae.org/post/federal-judge-set-decide-if-nc-voting-changes-will-cause-irreparable-harm-november <p>A federal judge will decide within the next month or two whether to put some parts of North Carolina's sweeping election law on hold. All week in Winston-Salem, the U.S. Justice Department, the NAACP, and other groups tried to convince Judge Thom Schroeder that the changes would deny or curtail African-Americans' right to vote. WFAE's Michael Tomsic covered the hearings in Winston-Salem, which wrapped up Thursday.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:54:47 +0000 Michael Tomsic 54711 at http://wfae.org Federal Judge Set To Decide If NC Voting Changes Will Cause 'Irreparable Harm' In November 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 Gov. McCrory Supports 6 Percent Raise For Teachers http://wfae.org/post/gov-mccrory-supports-6-percent-raise-teachers <p>As state budget negotiations continued today in Raleigh, Governor Pat McCrory said he would support a House plan to give teachers an average six percent raise.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:56:36 +0000 Marshall Terry 54651 at http://wfae.org 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 SC Supreme Court: Attorney General Can Prosecute Lawmaker Without Lawmakers Signing Off http://wfae.org/post/sc-supreme-court-attorney-general-can-prosecute-lawmaker-without-lawmakers-signing <p>The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that South Carolina’s attorney general does not need permission from lawmakers to prosecute a lawmaker. The Supreme Court overturned an earlier decision that said Attorney General Alan Wilson had overstepped his authority in trying to prosecute House Speaker Bobby Harrell.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:33:26 +0000 Michael Tomsic 54585 at http://wfae.org SC Supreme Court: Attorney General Can Prosecute Lawmaker Without Lawmakers Signing Off Senate Drops Plan To Kill Teacher Tenure http://wfae.org/post/senate-drops-plan-kill-teacher-tenure <p>North Carolina’s teachers will no longer face the choice of getting a pay raise or keeping their tenure.</p><p>Senate budget negotiators Tuesday abandoned their proposal to eliminate tenure in exchange for an 11&nbsp;<!-- TH -->percent pay raise.</p><p>Though major issues remain, the offer removes another obstacle toward adoption of a state spending plan and adjournment of the legislative session.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:14:25 +0000 Jim Morill & Lynn Bonner 54533 at http://wfae.org Senate Drops Plan To Kill Teacher Tenure From Allegations Of Discrimination To A 25-Minute Math Class: Court Hearing On NC Voting Law http://wfae.org/post/allegations-discrimination-25-minute-math-class-court-hearing-nc-voting-law <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department will be back in a federal courtroom in Winston-Salem this morning to continue making their case that North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul is discriminatory. The hearings that began Monday morning have included personal stories of voting challenges, allegations of voter fraud, and even a 25-minute math exercise. </span>WFAE's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Michael </span>Tomsic<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been in Winston-Salem covering the hearings.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:28:41 +0000 Michael Tomsic 54529 at http://wfae.org From Allegations Of Discrimination To A 25-Minute Math Class: Court Hearing On NC Voting Law