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9:19 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Movie Studio At Eastland Mall Site Appears Dead

Eastland Mall in 2013, before demolition.
Credit Julie Rose

The future of the Eastland Mall site appears to be up in the air again. City staff have recommended against extending an exclusive contract with Studio Charlotte, the company that wants to turn the 80-acre property into film and TV studios. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports.


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Local News
9:15 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

State Finds Major Problems In Union County Child Welfare Program

Dorian Lee Harper and Wanda Sue Larson were indicted on child abuse charges in December. Larson was fired from her job as a child protective services supervisor.
Credit Union County Sheriff's Office

A state review of the Union County Department of Human Services has found numerous failures in the agency's operations over the last three years. 

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Local News
3:34 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

President's Budget Halts Overbudget SC Nuclear Program

Early construction of the MOX facility at the Savannah River Site, in Aiken, S.C.
Credit Department of Energy

An agreement between the United States and Russia calls for disposal of 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium from each country, enough to produce 17,000 nuclear weapons, according to the Department of Defense. But multi-billion dollar cost overruns at the South Carolina facility built for the disposal has the Obama administration seeking to put the project on hold.

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CAJA
11:05 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Meet The Couple Who Set Foundation For NoDa's Arts District

Paul Sires and Ruth Lyons.
Credit Courtesy: Ruth Lyons

Today, Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood is known as a creative hub where artists go to live, work and play.

But in the 70s and early 80s, the area was known for its vacant textile mills. The future looked grim.

Then, a new vision started to emerge when a young artist couple arrived 30 years ago and showed what’s possible. WFAE’s Kim Watson Brooks has their story.


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Local News
9:51 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Sneaky? Union School Board Surprises Public With Redistricing Vote

The Union County school board approved a controversial redistricting Tuesday night to boos and hisses. The crowd was vocal, but not large since the vote came as a complete surprise. 


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Local News
6:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Outside Attack Ads Underway In NC Senate Race

Credit Youtube screenshot

During this year’s election season, the biggest prize in North Carolina is the U.S. Senate seat held by first-term Democrat Kay Hagan. Big money is already pouring in from both left and right, and attack ads are already on the air.

WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to discuss the Senate race, through the lens of one ad, in particular.


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Local News
4:36 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

NC Reducing Backlog Of Unemployment Insurance Claims

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North Carolina is working to eliminate a backlog of unemployment insurance claims. The state says the claims initially backed up as it started putting a greater emphasis on double-checking them.


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Local News
9:47 am
Wed March 5, 2014

NASCAR, Other Pro Sports Staff High-Tech Social Media Centers

13 46-inch TV screens display charts, tweets and the races in the NASCAR Fan and Media Engagement Center.
Michael Tomsic

NASCAR, the NFL and other pro sports are combining high-tech data analytics with old-school public relations. They've built what are basically tech command centers where employees engage with fans and monitor trends on social media. The centers have been popping up over the past five years or so, and one of the newest ones is in Charlotte.


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Charlotte Observer
9:21 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Union County School Board OKs Controversial Redistricting Plan

Parents protest redistricting plans at a school board meeting in January
Credit Lisa Miller

Union County’s school board, in a surprise vote, approved a controversial redistricting plan Tuesday night before a raucous, upset crowd.

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Education
3:49 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Amplify Will Issue New Tablets To Guilford County Middle Schools

The new tablet will be manufactured by Intel and will feature a more durable screen, an advanced Wi-Fi radio, faster CPU and a stylus attached to the tablet. Guilford County Schools paid Amplify close to $3.2 million to provide tablets to 18 middle schools in the first year of its contract prior to halting the program in October of 2013.
Credit Amplify

The educational software and technology company Amplify announced it will issue 19,240 new tablets to Guilford County middle schools. The company says these tablets are durable and will feature "Gorilla Glass" screens and spill-resistant "rubber bumpers."

This is the company's second attempt to serve Guilford County Schools. The school district last fall leased 15,000 tablets as part of a $30 million federal Race To The Top grant. But one month into the program, more than 10 percent of Amplify tablets had cracked or broken screens. One student's tablet charger overheated and melted.

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