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9:35 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Are NC Film Incentives Worth It? Part 1: How They Work

A chair on set of CBS's "Under The Dome"
Credit Courtesy of EUE/Screen Gems

For the past seven years North Carolina has been aggressively trying to lure movie and television shows to film in the state. Their bait? Tax dollars.

Since the program began it has been hugely successful. But the film incentive program is controversial. In Raleigh there is a movement to change the program or let it sunset at the end of this year.

This week, we take a closer look at the incentives program and proposals to change it. This report looks at how the system works and how much money just one TV show spends in the state.

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The Party Line
4:42 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Tea Party Starts To Flex Some Muscle In 2014

Much has been written about the ‘Civil War’ within the Grand Old Party between the Establishment/Old Guard and the Tea Party insurgents to secure a spot on the November ballot. 

Yet with the vast majority of Tea Party candidates failing to unseat incumbent Republicans during this primary season, it was surprising to see a long-time serving Republican in the U.S. House loose his bid for renomination , and a Republican incumbent in the U.S. Senate appear to be on the ropes.

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Local News
2:34 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Control Of Charlotte Airport Once Again At Issue In NC Senate

Credit Roger Sarow / WFAE

A committee of North Carolina lawmakers has passed legislation to end the impasse over who controls Charlotte Douglas International airport.


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Charlotte Observer
10:44 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Educators Meet With Senate Leader Berger After Protest

More than a dozen education workers stage a sit-in in front of Speaker Phil Berger's office door during a Moral Monday demonstration at the General Assembly.
Credit Travis Long / Charlotte Observer

Fifteen educators and advocates who expected to be arrested outside Senate leader Phil Berger’s office Monday night instead spent an hour talking with him about education and money.

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Local News
10:09 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Charlotte's $2.1 Billion Budget, Made Possible Through Big Sales Tax Collections

Several council members didn't make the meeting in which the city adopted a new budget.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte City Council on Monday night adopted a budget that increases the city’s spending about 7 percent without raising property taxes.

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Local News
4:15 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Family Dollar Implements Poison Pill

Credit WFAE

Family Dollar is attempting to avoid a potential hostile takeover after an investor announced Friday he bought a nearly 9.5 percent stake in the Matthews-based company.

The company has implemented what’s called a “poison pill.”  That’s a strategy companies use to make an acquisition less enticing.  One way a poison pill can be used is by offering current shareholders preferred stock that they can then turn around and sell for a higher premium once their company is taken over.  That makes an acquisition more expensive.   

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Local News
12:12 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Spike ... And Splash: Professionals Get Muddy For Habitat Charlotte

A member of the mud volleyball team, The Dirty Murphys, falls during a mud volleyball match.
Tasnim Shamma

More than 500 people gathered in south Charlotte on Sunday to get dirty playing mud volleyball. It’s an annual fundraiser hosted by Habitat Young Professionals for Habitat for Humanity in Charlotte.


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Sunday headlines
9:50 am
Sun June 8, 2014

First Lady Calls Angelou 'a great spirit'

Family, friends and fans remembered poet and teacher Maya Angelou as an important influence on Saturday in Winston-Salem. At a memorial service at Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel,  First lady Michelle Obama called Angelou “one of the greatest spirits the world has ever known.”  

Obama said Angelou’s words have sustained her on every step of her journey.  “She knew our hope, our pain, our ambition, our fear, our anger, our shame. And she assured us that despite it all---in fact because of it all---we were good," Obama said.

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Authentic South
11:42 am
Fri June 6, 2014

To Eat A Pig, Pt. 2

Sean shouldering Dinner.
Credit Charlene Dy

In To Eat A Pig, Pt. 1, we met Sean Kelley, a writer who set out to raise a couple of pigs for the purpose of butchering them himself. He was so adamant about that mission that he even named the pigs Lunch and Dinner. This episode picks up at the point where Dinner had grown to over 300 pounds, and Sean was finally ready to slaughter her.

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Local News
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.
Credit LUESA

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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