Charlotte http://wfae.org en Charlotte's $2.1 Billion Budget, Made Possible Through Big Sales Tax Collections http://wfae.org/post/charlottes-21-billion-budget-made-possible-through-big-sales-tax-collections <p>The Charlotte City Council on Monday night adopted a budget that increases the city’s spending about 7 percent without raising property taxes.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:09:39 +0000 Michael Tomsic 52617 at http://wfae.org Charlotte's $2.1 Billion Budget, Made Possible Through Big Sales Tax Collections A Rundown Of Who Could Be Charlotte's Next Mayor http://wfae.org/post/rundown-who-could-be-charlottes-next-mayor <p></p><p>The race for the next Mayor of Charlotte will be decided by 11 votes. No the fix is not in for our next election. Only members of the city council will be able to vote for the person who will fill out Patrick Cannon’s term. That vote is expected on Monday.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:40:00 +0000 Lisa Miller 48228 at http://wfae.org A Rundown Of Who Could Be Charlotte's Next Mayor Charlotte's Next Mayor On Tonight's Council Agenda http://wfae.org/post/charlottes-next-mayor-tonights-council-agenda <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tonight, Charlotte City Council may have an answer to this question – who is the next mayor of Charlotte?</span></p><p>But no matter what happens at tonight's meeting, Council will undoubtedly try to reassure the public the city is moving on from former mayor Patrick Cannon.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Tom Bullock 47897 at http://wfae.org Carlee: Charges Against Cannon Don't Represent How City Runs http://wfae.org/post/carlee-charges-against-cannon-dont-represent-how-city-runs <p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte city government officials are now dealing with the aftermath of <a href="http://wfae.org/post/how-fbis-case-against-cannon-went-down" target="_blank">former mayor Patrick Cannon’s arrest and resignation</a>.&nbsp;Charlotte could have a new mayor as soon as Monday. </span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:57:38 +0000 Lisa Miller 47850 at http://wfae.org Carlee: Charges Against Cannon Don't Represent How City Runs How The FBI's Case Against Cannon Went Down http://wfae.org/post/how-fbis-case-against-cannon-went-down <p>On Wednesday morning, Patrick Cannon was Mayor of Charlotte and a rising political figure in the state. Less than 24 hours later he’s out on bond, no longer in government, and facing a host of federal charges. The story of his fall is one of undercover cops, multi-million dollar investments, bugged apartments, and feminine hygiene products. WFAE’s Ben Bradford and Tom Bullock bring us this report.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 04:49:01 +0000 Tom Bullock & Ben Bradford 47771 at http://wfae.org How The FBI's Case Against Cannon Went Down Mayor Cannon Resigns After Arrest On Federal Bribery Charges http://wfae.org/post/mayor-cannon-resigns-after-arrest-federal-bribery-charges <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>UPDATE: 7:30 a.m. Thursday</em></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon </span><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfae/files/201403/CannonResignationLetter.pdf?__utma=100058712.665783570.1395344721.1395856381.1395875887.13&amp;__utmb=100058712.74.7.1395876992326&amp;__utmc=100058712&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=100058712.1395674403.9.2.utmcsr=charlotteobserver.com|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/2014/03/23/4789086/uncc-updating-engineering-courses.html&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=150381238" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">has resigned</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> after the FBI <a href="http://wfae.org/post/how-fbis-case-against-cannon-went-down" target="_blank">arrested him Wednesday on federal corruption charges</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfae/files/201403/Cannon_As_Filed_Complaint_0.pdf" target="_blank">federal criminal complaint</a> says the FBI received a tip in August 2010 </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">from local law enforcement that Cannon was potentially involved in illegal activities and public corruption</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The FBI began an undercover investigation </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">posing as commercial real estate developers and investors looking to do business in Charlotte.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:12:22 +0000 WFAE News 47739 at http://wfae.org Mayor Cannon Resigns After Arrest On Federal Bribery Charges City Council Considers $300 Million In New Spending http://wfae.org/post/city-council-considers-300-million-new-spending <p>Charlotte is considering nearly $300 million of new spending on projects for the next fiscal year. City council members met Wednesday night to hear the proposals.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Capital projects are physical things like runways, city parks and desk chairs. Charlotte currently has $25 million of available funding for such projects, basically wiggle room for the 2015 budget.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Which means in order to pay for some or all of these requests, the city would likely have to raise taxes or fees or take on debt. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:12:46 +0000 Tom Bullock 47303 at http://wfae.org City Council Considers $300 Million In New Spending Trying To Make Charlotte Google's Next "Fiber-Hood" http://wfae.org/post/trying-make-charlotte-googles-next-fiber-hood <p></p><p>The city of Charlotte was recently given a bit of homework. How the city answers a series of questions will determine if neighborhoods like South Park, Uptown and Dilworth will be Google’s next fiber-hoods. So what could Google Fiber in Charlotte mean for consumers and businesses alike? &nbsp;</p><div> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Tom Bullock 46375 at http://wfae.org Trying To Make Charlotte Google's Next "Fiber-Hood" The Newest New South http://wfae.org/post/newest-new-south <p style="color: rgb(26, 15, 15); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">“Folks started talking about the New South after the Civil War," says Tom Hanchett, staff historian at the&nbsp;<a href="http://museumofthenewsouth.org/" style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Levine Museum of the New South</a>&nbsp;in Charlotte. "Where we are now is the newest of the New Souths, the Newcomer South.” Tom speaks about the ever-evolving South, especially as it relates to food, from a booth in El Pulgarcito, a Honduran-Salvadoran-Mexican restaurant on the east side of the city.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(26, 15, 15); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">Special music in this episode courtesy of Charlotte-based band&nbsp;</span><a href="http://carlotantalents.com/ultimanotaband/" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.399999618530273px; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">UltimaNota</a><span style="color: rgb(26, 15, 15); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138324565&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:28:00 +0000 Tanner Latham 46458 at http://wfae.org The Newest New South City Manager Ron Carlee Decides To "Ban The Box" http://wfae.org/post/city-manager-ron-carlee-decides-ban-box <p>Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee officially "banned the box" on Friday. Applicants for city jobs will now no longer see a question about prior convictions on the initial application. The exception will be for public safety jobs – like police officers or airport employees.</p><p>Applicants will be asked about criminal history much later in the process --&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">in some departments after several rounds of interviews.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:35:50 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 46161 at http://wfae.org City Manager Ron Carlee Decides To "Ban The Box"