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4:58 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Top Charlotte Execs Discuss Economy At Chamber Luncheon

Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Leaders of some of the region’s largest companies have high hopes for the coming year. At the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook luncheon, CEOs of Bank of America and Duke Energy, among others, discussed the state of the economy, gas prices, health care, and regulation.


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Local News
1:34 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Charlotte Hospitals Penalized For Infections And Complications

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The federal government is cutting Medicare payments to one-fifth of North Carolina hospitals because of high rates of infections or other complications. That's according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of the penalties released Thursday.

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Local News
1:32 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Headline Roundup: NC Supreme Court Upholds District Boundaries; More

The North Carolina Supreme Court has upheld the boundary lines for General Assembly and congressional districts drawn be Republicans three years ago. Those lines helped the GOP strengthen its grip on legislative seats. 

A majority ruled today that a three-judge panel was correct last year to determine the lines were lawful under the state and federal constitutions. Two justices disagreed. The decision comes a year after the Supreme Court heard the argument and three years since North Carolina approved the maps. 

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Local News
6:47 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

McCrory Clashes With Associated Press

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Governor Pat McCrory’s frosty relationship with the media got a little frostier this week. An Associated Press story on Tuesday accused McCrory of shady dealings with online mortgage company Tree.com. It alleges the governor received a payment while in office and took action that could benefit the company. McCrory’s office fired back against the story and the reporters.

WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined host Duncan McFadyen to sort through the back-and-forth.


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Local News
5:46 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Second Mecklenburg County Social Worker Charged With Medicaid Fraud

For the second time in two months, a U.S. Attorney on Thursday charged a Mecklenburg County social worker with taking at least $10,000 in Medicaid kickbacks.

County workers Ryce Hatchett Jr. and Ieshia Watkins both participated in Medicaid fraud schemes with a mental health provider named Ronnie Robinson, according to U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Anne Tompkins. The alleged crimes took place from 2009 to 2012.

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Local News
3:05 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Headline Roundup: Interim CATS CEO Named; SC Senate Panel Looks At Ways To Recruit Teachers; More

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee has named John Muth as interim transit director and chief executive officer for the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) effective Jan. 10, 2015. The organization is in the process of selecting a recruitment firm to lead the national search for a permanent Executive Director.

Muth joined CATS in 2000 has been serving as deputy director since 2010.

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Local News
9:06 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Firing Of Charlotte City Employee Over Facebook Post Highlights First Amendment Debate

First Amendment tablet 'mural' at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
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A City of Charlotte fire investigator is out of a job because of a Facebook post in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri riots. It’s the first time a Charlotte city employee has been fired over a posting on social media. An attorney for the investigator says the city overreached.

So what are the First Amendment rights of public employees?


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Arts
6:06 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

One of the featured trailers.
George Hendricks

The Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte has been around for over 24 years. And it’s now in the middle of the best selling show in its history, “The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical.”

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Local News
3:03 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Headline Roundup: Panel Interviewing Online Charter School Companies; I-485 Lanes Open; More

A panel selected by the state school board is meeting today with companies who want to open North Carolina’s first online-only charter schools. The committee will interview representatives of N.C. Virtual Academy and N.C. Connections Academy in Raleigh.

Charter schools receive state money but operate under fewer rules than other public schools. Thirty states allow fully online charters. North Carolina is one of more than two dozen states that allow online courses to supplement, but not replace, brick and mortar schools.  

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The Party Line
2:53 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Pols Should Realize That Sharing Is Caring

When the framers devised a governing system, the one thing they feared the most—and sought to avoid at all costs—was allowing any one entity to gain or control too much power.

The reason being, in the words of James Madison, was found within human nature — that the acquisition of power typically leads to wanting more power. So why not use the same principle in trying to ensure that one group doesn’t get more power: in Madison’s words in Federalist 51, “ambition must be made to counteract ambition.”

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