Charlotte Observer http://wfae.org en 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 Airport Seeks New Vendor To Run Troubled Worm Farm, Recycling Program http://wfae.org/post/airport-seeks-new-vendor-run-troubled-worm-farm-recycling-program <p>The worms at Charlotte Douglas International Airport could soon be under new management, as the airport seeks a new contractor to run its recycling program.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:25:19 +0000 Ely Portillo 54401 at http://wfae.org Airport Seeks New Vendor To Run Troubled Worm Farm, Recycling Program Clues Sought After Stray Bullet Leaves Man Paralyzed http://wfae.org/post/clues-sought-after-stray-bullet-leaves-man-paralyzed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>A father of four who recently lost his job and was working at a festival to help make ends meet was struck by a stray bullet on the Fourth of July, leaving him partially paralyzed, his family said Sunday.</p><p>Brandon Yam, 47, was selling food and drinks with his wife and two of his children at a festival celebrating the opening of the Cambodian Buddhist Temple, at 219 Owen Blvd. in Charlotte.</p><p>About 9 p.m., during a fireworks show, Yam started to pack up his supplies to go home, his family said.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:06:08 +0000 Elisabeth Arriero 54384 at http://wfae.org Clues Sought After Stray Bullet Leaves Man Paralyzed Missing Teacher Bianca Tanner's Boyfriend Charged After Body Found http://wfae.org/post/missing-teacher-bianca-tanners-boyfriend-charged-after-body-found <p>A body thought to be that of missing teacher Bianca Tanner was found overnight in southwest Charlotte and her boyfriend has been arrested in the case, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Rodney Monroe said.</p><p>During a pre-dawn news conference Thursday, Monroe said a body was discovered after a search in a wooded area off Shopton Road near Westinghouse Boulevard.</p><p>Monroe also said Angelo Grayson Smith Jr., Tanner’s boyfriend, was arrested early Thursday and will be charged with murder in the case.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:06:00 +0000 Steve Lyttle 54174 at http://wfae.org Missing Teacher Bianca Tanner's Boyfriend Charged After Body Found Angelo Smith Arrives In Charlotte, Held By CMPD http://wfae.org/post/angelo-smith-arrives-charlotte-held-cmpd <p>Angelo Grayson Smith Jr., the boyfriend of missing teacher Bianca Tanner and the last one to see her before she disappeared, arrived at Charlotte-Mecklenburg police headquarters early Tuesday and was questioned by detectives, authorities say.</p><p>Smith will be taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail, charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to police.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:34:39 +0000 Cleve R. Wootson Jr. 54037 at http://wfae.org Angelo Smith Arrives In Charlotte, Held By CMPD Union County Commissioners OK 15.4% Tax Hike http://wfae.org/post/union-county-commissioners-ok-154-tax-hike <p>MONROE Union County commissioners approved a 15.4 percent tax increase Monday night to cover school district expenses, which will add about $200 to the bill for a typical taxpayer.</p><p>The closely divided vote on the 2014-15 budget came on the last day of the fiscal year.</p><p>“It creates a tremendous amount of heartburn, the idea that we’ve got to raise taxes on the people of Union County,” said commissioner Jonathan Thomas, who blamed an “out-of-control school board.”</p><p>The budget passed 3-2. Thomas and commissioner Todd Johnson were the “no” votes.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:10:45 +0000 Adam Bell 54032 at http://wfae.org Search Warrants Give New Details In Bianca Tanner Homicide Investigation http://wfae.org/post/search-warrants-give-new-details-bianca-tanner-homicide-investigation <p>A search warrant released Monday said the 3-year-old son of missing teacher Bianca Tanner told police that Tanner’s boyfriend had struck her with a belt and “hurt mommy in the face.”</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:21:05 +0000 Hannah Jeffreys 53030 at http://wfae.org Search Warrants Give New Details In Bianca Tanner Homicide Investigation Majority Of Mecklenburg Commissioners Want Sales Tax Increase For Teacher Pay Raises http://wfae.org/post/majority-mecklenburg-commissioners-want-sales-tax-increase-teacher-pay-raises <p>Mecklenburg County commissioners are planning for a November referendum on a proposal that would raise the county’s sales tax by a quarter of a penny to pay for salary supplements for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:21:05 +0000 David Perlmutt 52707 at http://wfae.org Majority Of Mecklenburg Commissioners Want Sales Tax Increase For Teacher Pay Raises Cherry Rezoning Stirs Old Fears, Mistrust http://wfae.org/post/cherry-rezoning-stirs-old-fears-mistrust <p>The Charlotte City Council’s decision to rezone nearly 6 acres near uptown has highlighted along-runningfear among African-American residents that they will be pushed out by gentrification.</p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 14:14:40 +0000 Steve Harrison 51066 at http://wfae.org Cherry Rezoning Stirs Old Fears, Mistrust Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy’s Accuser Says He Threw Her On Couch ‘Covered’ With Guns http://wfae.org/post/carolina-panthers-greg-hardy-s-accuser-says-he-threw-her-couch-covered-guns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy was released on bond Wednesday, but not before a Mecklenburg County judge described him as a potential threat to the girlfriend he’s accused of beating up.</span></p><p>Hardy, 25, an NFL Pro-Bowler last season, was arrested Tuesday on misdemeanor charges of assault on a female and communicating a threat.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:46:24 +0000 Joseph Person & Mike Gordon & Jonathan Jones & Maria David 50917 at http://wfae.org Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy’s Accuser Says He Threw Her On Couch ‘Covered’ With Guns