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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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Local News
6:37 am
Tue March 4, 2014

With Charlotte Checked Off, 'Ban The Box' Campaign Will Expand

Nearly all of us have filled out a job application that asks if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime.  Check the box yes, and you need to explain yourself. Well, that’s now a thing of the past for most potential city of Charlotte employees. City Manager Ron Carlee has decided to “ban the box.” We were joined this morning by the man who got this movement started in Charlotte a couple years ago. He’s Jason Huber, a law professor at the Charlotte School of Law, where he heads the school’s Civil Rights Clinic.


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Sports
5:15 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

CIAA Moves To Charlotte (and keeps tournament here)

CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter shot a few hoops with Mayor Patrick Cannon after the press conference. Carpenter announced the CIAA will hold tournaments in Charlotte for at least six more years and will relocate its headquarters to Charlotte in 2016.
Tasnim Shamma

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), an athletic conference of historically black colleges and universities, just wrapped up its ninth basketball tournament this weekend in Charlotte. There was some question whether it would have a tenth year in the city, but CIAA officials said Monday the tournament is staying put. 

The CIAA's contract expired with the city this year and CIAA officials were looking at other cities for a better deal. On Monday, CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter said Charlotte was able to offer one. 

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Crime
2:35 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

City Manager Ron Carlee Decides To "Ban The Box"

More than 200 people attended an expungement seminar last year to learn how to remove convictions from their criminal record to improve access to jobs and housing. Before the seminar, students from the Charlotte School of Law tried to recruit people to join the "Ban The Box" campaign.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee officially "banned the box" on Friday. Applicants for city jobs will now no longer see a question about prior convictions on the initial application. The exception will be for public safety jobs – like police officers or airport employees.

Applicants will be asked about criminal history much later in the process -- in some departments after several rounds of interviews.

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Local News
10:11 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Hickory City Council Dines And Talks Taxes In Charlotte

Hickory City Council members discuss whether to seek voter approval for a 20-year $40 million bond referendum to renovate public spaces in Hickory.
Tasnim Shamma

The Hickory City Council conducted business last week ... in Charlotte.

They were in town for a retreat that focused on whether to seek a tax hike for a project to renovate and redesign the city’s public spaces by improving existing parks and building greenways in Hickory.


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Sunday Headlines
11:24 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Jury Convicts Boone Man In $25M Metals Scam

A Florida jury has convicted a North Carolina man of operating fraudulent precious metals investment businesses that fleeced investors of 25 million dollars. The jury found 54-year-old Arthur John Schlecht of Boone guilty Thursday of conspiracy and wire fraud charges. He faces a maximum 40-year prison sentence plus fines and restitution. Prosecutors say there were hundreds of victims. Four other defendants pleaded guilty. Schlecht's companies offered people the chance to invest in gold, silver, platinum and palladium bullion that would be stored in vaults for them.

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Politics
2:31 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Candidates Aplenty For US Senate And Sixth Congressional District

Those seeking political office had until noon today to file for this year’s election. Two races in particular are fielding a large number of candidates.  


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