The Party Line
12:07 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Only A Matter Of Time Until Same-Sex Marriage Legal In NC

Michael Bitzer

Now that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down 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.

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Local News
6:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

I-77 Toll Lane Debate Gets More Intense

Mary Lou Richardson, a member of Widen I-77, wears an anti-tolling button at the group's meeting on Thursday, July 24.
Credit Nick de la Canal/WFAE

 If driving down I-77 is part of your daily commute, you’ll probably agree a solution is needed for the growing congestion on the interstate. North Carolina’s Department of Transportation intends to add toll lanes to ease traffic and potentially provide the state with extra income. But as the plan enters its final stages, the state is experiencing some significant pushback.

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Local News
4:59 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

In Response To Ruling, Cooper Will Stop Defending Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Attorney General Roy Cooper

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.

A three-judge panel ruled Monday that Virginia's laws banning same-sex marriage "impermissibly infringe on its citizens fundamental right to marry."

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4:32 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Charlotte Premium Outlets Will Provide Shuttles For Grand Opening

Credit Charlotte Premium Outlets

Charlotte's newest shopping mall complex, Charlotte Premium Outlets, will open its doors on Thursday morning. The mall has more than 100 stores and will host a four-day grand opening that's expected to draw large crowds -- and a lot of traffic -- near Steele Creek Road and I-485 in southwest Charlotte.  

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Local News
2:57 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

How Much Will Icahn Pocket In Family Dollar Sale? (Hint: A lot)

Activist Investor Carl Icahn
Credit Courtesy of Carl Icahn's Twitter page

How much is it worth to get your way? Sure, bragging rights and a sense of satisfaction may be priceless, but few would turn down the check billionaire investor Carl Icahn is set to get now that Dollar Tree intends to purchase Family Dollar for $8.5 billion.

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Charlotte Observer
9:24 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Dollar Tree To Acquire Matthews-based Family Dollar For $8.5 Billion

A Family Dollar store.
Credit JeepersMedia / Flickr/

Dollar Tree, the nation’s leading discount variety store, announced Monday morning that it is buying Matthews-based Family Dollar Stores Inc.

The cash-and-stock deal has a value of $8.5 billion, company officials said. It heads off a potentially long and ugly proxy fight with activist investor Carl Icahn, who has been pushing to force a sale of the company.

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Sunday headlines
10:33 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Lawmakers Report Deal On NC Budget

Nearly a month after the start of the new fiscal year, North Carolina legislative leaders say they’ve finally agreed on the outline of a state budget.

Both House Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius and Senate leader Phil Berger of Rockingham issued messages on Twitter this weekend announcing the deal, and said details will come this week.  

The House and Senate have been caught in an impasse as they try to adjust spending in the second year of the two-year budget approved last summer. Sticking points include teacher pay raises, the future of teachers’ assistants and Medicaid.

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WFAE Talks
4:42 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

WFAE Talks: Dark Days Looming For Solar? Teacher Recruitment, Sales Tax Debate

WFAE Talks, recorded July 25, 2014

The solar industry has been booming in North Carolina, but that boom could be coming to an end, as Ben Bradford reported this week. Ben Bradford provides analysis of what's going on.

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.

Local News
4:10 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Cut To State Income Tax Costing Far More Than Expected

Chart showing the updated cost to North Carolina due to last year's income tax rate change.
Credit Fiscal Research Division

Last year’s cut of the personal income tax rate is costing North Carolina far more than originally projected.  This according to new figures released by the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division.

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Arts & Life
3:30 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Medal Of Honor Recipient Who Called Fayetteville Home Now Honored With Stamp

Rudy Hernandez, U.S. Army Medal of Honor recipient, at a 2009 NASA event in Langley, Virginia.
Credit NASA/Sean Smith

Nearly seven million people donned American military uniforms to fight in the Korean War.

Of those, just 145 received the highest military commendation this country can bestow…the Medal of Honor.

Saturday, at Arlington National Cemetery, the United States Postal Service, will issue a new set of stamps immortalizing a few of those Medal of Honor recipients, the 13 still alive when the series was commissioned. One of them was a man who called Fayetteville home. 

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