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A dam holding back a coal ash pond sits beside the Catawba River, in Gaston County.
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Duke Energy could face higher fines and be ordered to speed up work to contain leaks at coal ash ponds at three North Carolina plants. That's under a consent order being considered Thursday by the state Environmental Management Commission in Raleigh.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Clayton Wilcox presented an ambitious budget to school board members last night that will require an increase of $40 million from the county. Wilcox’s budget calls for additional security at schools, a pay raise for teachers and more mental health care support for students.


Educational attainment is increasing, but in large part because of people who have moved to the region, according to the 2018 State of the South report. 


Police arrested two people following a high-speed chase that started in northwest Charlotte and ended in Gaston County Wednesday afternoon.  The two people taken into custody are the suspects in a shooting of a man and a pregnant woman that occurred earlier that day on Effingham Road, police said in a statement. 

Charlotte Talks: Mike and the Mayor

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Mike Collins speaks with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles in her monthly interview on Charlotte Talks.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mayor Vi Lyles is back for her monthly visit with host Mike Collins. She'll give us an update on her suggestion about bringing back red-light cameras.  Citizens concerned about affordable housing shared their thoughts with council this week and we’ll get the Mayor’s take on that.  Charlotte has put in its bid for the Republican National Convention in 2020. We'll ask the Mayor her thoughts. And we’ll talk about her desire to double the size of the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program. 

State of the South Report: Spend On Schools, Train Homegrown Talent

Apr 11, 2018
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As teachers in multiple states protest for better pay, a new study warns that the fast-growing South region must invest more in public schools and higher education to ensure its homegrown talent shares in its economic prosperity.

bank of america sign
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Bank of America will no longer lend money to gun manufacturers that make military-inspired firearms for civilian use.

Charlotte Talks: Arts In Our Divided Nation

Apr 11, 2018
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

On Charlotte Talks, we talk with our Poet Laureate about using poetry and music to bridge the growing divide in our nation and to change public opinion. Plus we hear from those behind CPCC's Sensoria Festival.

Courtesy of the Artist

Most of the artists on this playlist were suggested by Webb Hubbell, native of Arkansas and the guest on the most recent episode of SouthBound. (Jimmy Buffett is on here because of his organist and producer Michael Utley, a classmate of Hubbell's at the University of Arkansas.)