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10:32 am
Wed June 18, 2014

County Budget And Referendum Pass Amidst Bickering

Board of County Commissioners
Credit charmeck.org

If there was a word of the night at yesterday’s Mecklenburg County Commissioners meeting, it would have been “teachers.” Not surprising since the board was set to approve its $1.3 billion budget, which includes more money for schools and a referendum for this November that would add money for teacher pay. The meeting turned terse and politically divisive and even had a bit of a budgetary surprise.

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Local News
10:28 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Cabarrus County Unexpectedly Cuts $3 Million From Budget

The Cabarrus County Commission unexpectedly made $3 million in cuts to the county budget Monday night. The cuts eliminate several jobs and all county funding for an economic development agency.


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Local News
6:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Union County, School Board Finally Agree With Some Help

Union County and its school board have tentatively agreed on a budget this year.  That may not seem like a big deal, but last year a budget dispute between the two led to a court battle.  A new local law may have helped them reach consensus faster. 


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Local News
10:13 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

NC - SC Border Highlights Jobs Competition

South Carolina scored some notable victories this week in the competition for new jobs in the Charlotte region. Three companies announced plans to bring a combined total of at least 3,900 new jobs to York and Chester counties. Two of those expansions involve relocating jobs that are currently based in Charlotte.   John Lassiter, a former Charlotte City Council member who now chairs the North Carolina Economic Development Board, talks to WFAE's Mark Rumsey about the challenges in competing with the incentives that South Carolina can offer.


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Local News
5:50 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

NC Senate Considers Coal Ash As Regulators Find More Leaks

The Dan River coal ash pond spilled at least 30,000 tons of ash in February.
Credit Duke Energy

The state has cited Duke for 11 leaks at the Riverbend, Allen, Marshall, Cliffside, and Buck plants. Bridget Munger, spokeswoman for the state Division of Dam Safety, says they range in size and significance.


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Local News
4:18 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Thousands Of Jobs Announced In Fort Mill And Chester County

Thousands of jobs were announced today in Fort Mill and Chester County.  Two of the three announcements involve companies moving from Charlotte to Fort Mill.  Independent broker LPL Financial says it plans to build a regional headquarters in Fort Mill.  The company will move about a 1,000 employees to the new location and says it plans to increase employment in Fort Mill to 3,000.  Also moving to Fort Mill is The Lash Group, a healthcare services provider.  That move is supposed to bring 2,400 jobs to York County over the next several years. Half of those positions are expected to be new. And Singapore tire maker Giti says it’s building its first North American plant in Chester County.  The company says it will create 1,700 jobs over the next decade as part of that expansion.

Charlotte Observer
3:21 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Search Warrants Give New Details In Bianca Tanner Homicide Investigation

Bianca Tanner’s family and friends pray before beginning their canvass of Druid Circle on Sunday. They hoped to find new information on Tanner’s disappearance. The Charlotte teacher has been missing for a week.
Credit Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

A search warrant released Monday said the 3-year-old son of missing teacher Bianca Tanner told police that Tanner’s boyfriend had struck her with a belt and “hurt mommy in the face.”

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History
9:13 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Juneteenth Festival Focuses On Celebration, Education

A passageway labeled Juneteenth marks the end of the black history exhibit at the Juneetenth Festival of the Carolinas at Independence Park.
Tasnim Shamma

Thousands gathered at Independence Park in Charlotte this weekend to celebrate Juneteenth. That's short for June 19th. The date back in 1865, it's believed, that the last remaining black slaves learned that they were free.  


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Local News
9:09 am
Mon June 16, 2014

New Solar Projects Fall, Set To Rise, Probably Dip Again

Credit Mike Linksvayer / Flickr

North Carolina fell a bit in the most recent rankings of solar energy production across the nation but despite the dip, the solar landscape still looks strong, at least this year.


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Local News
6:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Lawmakers Tell Board That Reviews Charters To Change Its Mindset

At this charter advisory board's first meeting last year, they discuss criteria to use to review charter applications.
Credit Lisa Miller / WFAE

Groups that want to open charter schools in North Carolina are reviewed by a board largely consisting of people who operate charters. That board was put in place to weed out the bad applications from the good. But it has been taking some heat lately. Some lawmakers think it may be doing too zealous a job partly because it only recommended a few charters this year. 

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