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9:26 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Huge Bill Cuts Environmental Regulations, Adds Beer

A haze camera run by Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environment Services.
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About a month into this legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers are keeping up last year’s torrid pace. One bill currently making its way through contains dozens of changes to state laws from A to V. That’s Air Quality to Venomous Reptiles.

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WFAE Talks
9:04 am
Fri June 6, 2014

WFAE Talks Patrick Cannon And His Guilty Plea

This week’s podcast focuses on Patrick Cannon’s guilty plea and the observations of reporters Ben Bradford and Tasnim Shamma in covering the event. Plus, our new “MeghaMeter” segment scrutinizes a press release from Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate campaign.

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Local News
5:03 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Reaches Out To Rural LGBT Community

U.S. Department of Agriculture Administration Building
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The federal government launches a campaign Friday to reach out to a specific group of America’s rural poor: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The Rural Pride summit series will travel across the country this summer, and its first stop is in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 

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Local News
4:58 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Superintendents Urge Lawmakers To Find Better Way To Fund Raises

Superintendents of Union County Schools (Mary Ellis, left), Gaston County Schools (Jeff Booker), Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (Beverly Emory) and CMS (Heath Morrison, right) say senate's proposal to pay for teacher pay raises could hurt schools.
Credit Lisa Miller / WFAE

Several superintendents of North Carolina’s largest school districts worry teacher raises may come at the expense of the classroom.  The State Senate has approved a budget that would raise teacher pay on average 11 percent.  But it would pay for that in part by cutting the number of teacher assistants in half.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Beverly Emory said at a press conference today losing those assistants could stall the state’s efforts to make sure kids are reading at grade-level. 

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Local News
4:18 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Al Jefferson Is First Bobcat, Er, Fifth Hornet To Make All-NBA Team

Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) throws down a one-handed dunk.
Credit JEFF SINER — jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

  Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson on Wednesday became the fifth player in Charlotte's NBA history to make an All-NBA team. That stat is an example of why the used-to-be Bobcats wanted to get more than just the Hornets name back – they also wanted the Hornets' history.

Sure, this is kind of technical, but it's a big deal for Charlotte sports history. When the Hornets left for New Orleans, they took all their stats and records with them – Charlotte no longer got to claim any of that history.

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Law Enforcement
3:57 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Eastway Division Model For Future Police Stations

The new CMPD Eastway Division station houses 104 police officers and 15 members of the Northeast Code Enforcement Service Area team.
Credit City of Charlotte

The city of Charlotte wants its police stations to be more of a one-stop shop. In east Charlotte, city officials celebrated the grand opening of a new police station Wednesday morning. It houses more than 100 police officers and 15 members of the city's code enforcement team. Neighborhood & Business Services director Patrick Mumford says he and CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe first discussed the idea of moving some of his staff into police stations about three years ago.

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Local News
3:45 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Lawmakers Try To Rally Support For Film Funds

In Raleigh Wednesday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers took to a stage of sorts, in an effort to build support for the state’s film incentives. The tax rebate program faces an uncertain future and may expire at the end of the year. 

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Local News
10:09 am
Wed June 4, 2014

House Committee Recommends Getting Rid Of Common Core

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North Carolina is one step closer to doing away with the Common Core.  A House Committee approved the measure yesterday.

The bill’s sponsors worry getting rid of Common Core standards right away would force North Carolina to give back millions in federal grant money. So Representative Bryan Holloway of Stokes County said they chose this route. 

“This bill does replace Common Core, but it does not rip the rug out from under us today,” he said.    

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Local News
12:10 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Cannon Pleads Guilty To Public Corruption

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon in front of the federal courthouse after pleading guilty.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty Tuesday to public corruption charges. He admitted he accepted money in return for political influence, and then asked for forgiveness.


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Local News
9:24 am
Tue June 3, 2014

What New EPA Proposed Rule On Power Plant Emissions Means For NC

EPA

North Carolina will have to reduce its rate of carbon emissions from power plants 40 percent to comply with a rule the Environmental Protection Agency proposed Monday. That's among the larger reductions the EPA is calling for in its push to reduce emissions.

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