Local http://wfae.org en Charlotte City Council Continuing Airport Lawsuit, Despite New State Law http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-city-council-continuing-airport-lawsuit-despite-new-state-law <p>The Charlotte city council met behind closed doors Monday night with its lawyers to discuss, once again, the ongoing lawsuit against state lawmakers and the airport commission they created to take control of Charlotte Douglas. The council will continue the suit, despite another, recent state law intended to stop it.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:39:40 +0000 Ben Bradford 55813 at http://wfae.org Charlotte City Council Continuing Airport Lawsuit, Despite New State Law Sports Memories Flow For Charlotte's "Other" Hornets http://wfae.org/post/sports-memories-flow-charlottes-other-hornets <p>Before there were Charlotte Hornets who made slam dunks and shot three-pointers, the city had Hornets who hit <em>grand slams</em> and threw strike-outs. Minor league baseball teams called the Hornets played in Charlotte from 1901 to 1972. On Monday, some former players got a&nbsp;first-hand look at BB&amp;T ballpark - the new home of Charlotte’s current minor league team, the Knights.&nbsp;WFAE’s Mark Rumsey sat down with Concord native Gene Verble, a former major leaguer with the Washington Senators who played for the Hornets from 1956-1959, including &nbsp;three years as player/manager.&nbsp; &nbsp;Verble, 86, reminisced about life in the minor leagues during that era.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:38:28 +0000 Mark Rumsey 55808 at http://wfae.org Sports Memories Flow For Charlotte's "Other" Hornets Only A Matter Of Time Until Same-Sex Marriage Legal In NC http://wfae.org/post/only-matter-time-until-same-sex-marriage-legal-nc <p>Now that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/28/336119802/another-appeals-court-tosses-same-sex-marriage-ban">struck down</a> Virginia’s marriage ban for same-sex couples, the question turns from “if” gay marriage will be allowed in North Carolina to “when” it will occur.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:07:09 +0000 Michael Bitzer 55814 at http://wfae.org Only A Matter Of Time Until Same-Sex Marriage Legal In NC In Response To Ruling, Cooper Will Stop Defending Same-Sex Marriage Ban http://wfae.org/post/response-ruling-cooper-will-stop-defending-same-sex-marriage-ban-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Cooper made that announcement Monday after the federal appeals court that sets the precedent for North Carolina and several other states ruled Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.</p><p></p><p>A three-judge panel ruled Monday that Virginia's laws banning same-sex marriage "impermissibly infringe on its citizens fundamental right to marry."</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:59:33 +0000 Michael Tomsic 55788 at http://wfae.org In Response To Ruling, Cooper Will Stop Defending Same-Sex Marriage Ban How Much Will Icahn Pocket In Family Dollar Sale? (Hint: A lot) http://wfae.org/post/how-much-will-icahn-pocket-family-dollar-sale-hint-lot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How much is it worth to get your way?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sure, bragging rights and a sense of satisfaction may be priceless, b</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut few would turn down the check billionaire investor Carl </span>Icahn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is set to get now that Dollar Tree intends to purchase Family Dollar for $8.5 billion.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:57:43 +0000 Tom Bullock 55773 at http://wfae.org How Much Will Icahn Pocket In Family Dollar Sale? (Hint: A lot) WFAE Talks: Dark Days Looming For Solar? Teacher Recruitment, Sales Tax Debate http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-dark-days-looming-solar-teacher-recruitment-sales-tax-debate <p>The solar industry has been booming in North Carolina, but that boom could be coming to an end, as Ben Bradford <a href="http://wfae.org/post/nc-solar-industry-jeopardy-if-utilities-get-their-way?nopop=1">reported</a> this week. Ben Bradford provides analysis of what's going on.</p><p>Greg, Lisa and Ben also discuss the Houston school system's recruitment of North Carolina teachers, and the legislative debate over capping county sales taxes. Plus, the MeghaMeter returns.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:42:50 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Ben Bradford 55642 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks: Dark Days Looming For Solar? Teacher Recruitment, Sales Tax Debate Cut To State Income Tax Costing Far More Than Expected http://wfae.org/post/cut-state-income-tax-costing-far-more-expected <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year’s cut of the personal income tax rate is costing North Carolina far more than originally projected.&nbsp; This according to new figures released by the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:10:51 +0000 Tom Bullock 55641 at http://wfae.org Cut To State Income Tax Costing Far More Than Expected Cotham: New Senate Bill Shields Salaries Of For-profit Charter School Staff http://wfae.org/post/cotham-new-senate-bill-shields-salaries-profit-charter-school-staff <p>Conflict over disclosure of charter-school salaries flared anew Thursday as House Democrats said a Senate-approved bill shields for-profit management companies from revealing who they hire and how much they pay.</p><p>In a Thursday evening news conference, Rep. Tricia Cotham, D-Mecklenburg, led the call for the public and Gov. Pat McCrory to fight a move that she says blocks accountability and transparency at charter schools, which are run by nonprofit boards and funded with public money.</p><p>“It’s a simple principle: The public should know where public money is going,” she said.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:10:50 +0000 Ann Doss Helms 55630 at http://wfae.org Cotham: New Senate Bill Shields Salaries Of For-profit Charter School Staff Former Charlotte Symphony Violinist Denied Green Card http://wfae.org/post/former-charlotte-symphony-violinist-denied-green-card <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s reputation is at the center of a violinist’s application for an </span>EB-1<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> green card. These green cards are awarded to professionals with “extraordinary ability” in a specialized field. Distinguished academics and artists, for example, or top international business executives.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:56:35 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 55628 at http://wfae.org Former Charlotte Symphony Violinist Denied Green Card NC Senate Tentatively Passes Medicaid Overhaul http://wfae.org/post/nc-senate-tentatively-passes-medicaid-overhaul <p>The North Carolina Senate tentatively passed an overhaul of the state's Medicaid program Thursday afternoon. It includes major differences from what Governor Pat McCrory and the House are pushing for. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:44:31 +0000 Michael Tomsic 55577 at http://wfae.org NC Senate Tentatively Passes Medicaid Overhaul