Local http://wfae.org en Bobcats 're-energized' as playoffs begin http://wfae.org/post/bobcats-re-energized-playoffs-begin <p>The playoffs begin Sunday afternoon in Miami for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats. It’s only the second time in the team’s history they’ve made it to the playoffs. Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts says he and his teammates are re-energized.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:50:32 +0000 David Boraks 49340 at http://wfae.org U.S. Senate GOP Runoff Looks Likely http://wfae.org/post/us-senate-gop-runoff-looks-likely <p>Now that we are entering the home stretch of the May primary election, we still seem to lack a true frontrunner in the GOP nomination contest for the U.S. Senate.&nbsp;</p><p>While most polls show Thom Tillis, speaker of the NC House of Representatives, leading the field, the <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2014/senate/nc/north_carolina_senate_republican_primary-3490.html#polls">numbers</a> across several different polls indicate a larger percentage of the potential electorate still has not made up their minds regarding the eight candidates.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:24:29 +0000 Michael Bitzer 49263 at http://wfae.org U.S. Senate GOP Runoff Looks Likely JCSU Gets More Than $1 Million For Scholarship Fund http://wfae.org/post/jcsu-gets-more-1-million-scholarship-fund <p>Johnson C. Smith University has received about $1 million this month for a scholarship fund that helps students pay the difference between their financial aid and tuition.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:54:49 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 49122 at http://wfae.org JCSU Gets More Than $1 Million For Scholarship Fund McCrory Announces Plan To Address Coal Ash; Judge Says 'Now' http://wfae.org/post/mccrory-announces-plan-address-coal-ash-judge-says-now <p>Two big developments occurred Wednesday in an ongoing fight over how North Carolina utilities store the leftover byproduct of coal. Governor Pat McCrory released a plan of action to stop the current storage in unlined ponds from leaking into state waterways. Then, a judge decreed clean-up efforts to stop those leaks must begin immediately, even as Duke Energy and a state committee appeal.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:37:51 +0000 Ben Bradford 49134 at http://wfae.org McCrory Announces Plan To Address Coal Ash; Judge Says 'Now' Money Pouring In As Senate Primary Approaches http://wfae.org/post/money-pouring-senate-primary-approaches <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina hosts one of the most watched electoral races in the country this year, as first-term Democratic Senator Kay Hagan is up for reelection. Who will win is already a toss-up, in a year where Republicans and Democrats are battling for control of the Senate. </span>WFAE’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition Host Kevin </span>Kniestedt<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to discuss the race.</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:05:42 +0000 Ben Bradford 49107 at http://wfae.org Money Pouring In As Senate Primary Approaches Factory-Built Nuclear Reactor Development Slows http://wfae.org/post/factory-built-nuclear-reactor-development-slows <p>Charlotte-based Babcock and Wilcox received a big boost when the Energy Department agreed to be a partner in the company’s development of a new, small nuclear reactor. But the project has since hit some roadblocks.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:02:39 +0000 Ben Bradford 49033 at http://wfae.org Factory-Built Nuclear Reactor Development Slows Council Approves Purchase Of Body Cameras For CMPD Officers http://wfae.org/post/council-approves-purchase-body-cameras-cmpd-officers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Charlotte police officers will be adding another piece of equipment to their uniforms: body cameras.</p><p></p><p>Charlotte city council members voted to allow CMPD to purchase new body cameras for some of its officers.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:52:17 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 49060 at http://wfae.org Council Approves Purchase Of Body Cameras For CMPD Officers Tests Aligned To Common Core Causing A Stir http://wfae.org/post/tests-aligned-common-core-causing-stir <p align="left">Hundreds of kids across the Carolinas are putting some standardized tests aligned to the Common Core to the test. They’re getting mixed reviews. South Carolina’s School Superintendent wants to prevent the state from using them next year. The jury is still out in North Carolina.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:58:57 +0000 Lisa Miller 49093 at http://wfae.org Tests Aligned To Common Core Causing A Stir NC Education Officials: Charter Schools Must Disclose Salaries http://wfae.org/post/nc-education-officials-charter-schools-must-disclose-salaries <p style="padding-right: 30px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22.5px;">North Carolina’s top education officials now say charter schools must publicly reveal salaries, reversing a March announcement that the independent public schools are exempt from that requirement.</p><p style="padding-right: 30px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22.5px;"> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:48:05 +0000 Ann Doss Helms 49061 at http://wfae.org Two Young North Carolinians Navigate Healthcare.gov http://wfae.org/post/two-young-north-carolinians-navigate-healthcaregov <p>Tuesday is the final deadline for people to sign up for health insurance this year through healthcare.gov. The online exchange, or marketplace, is a signature part of the Affordable Care Act, and it's supposed to make shopping for health insurance as easy as shopping for other products online. Over the past six months, WFAE's Michael Tomsic has been meeting with two young North Carolinians as they tried to use the exchange. Here are their stories.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:29:11 +0000 Michael Tomsic 49019 at http://wfae.org Two Young North Carolinians Navigate Healthcare.gov