Charlotte Observer http://wfae.org en Levine Museum Makes History With LGBT Exhibit http://wfae.org/post/levine-museum-makes-history-lgbt-exhibit <p>The Levine Museum of the New South is unveiling a historical exhibit Friday that is in itself historic.</p><p>Called “LGBTQ Perspectives on Equality,” the show is a combination of exhibits that tell the history of Charlotte’s gay and transgender community, including the largely forgotten stories of average Charlotteans who made that history happen. The show then puts their stories in context of the national gay civil rights movement.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:06:53 +0000 Mark Price 55549 at http://wfae.org Levine Museum Makes History With LGBT Exhibit 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