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9:23 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Charlotte Observer Cartoonist Kevin Siers Wins A Pulitzer

Charlotte Observer cartoonist Kevin Siers at the drawing board.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

Readers of the Charlotte Observer know cartoonist Kevin Siers has the art of the skewer down.  Monday he was recognized with a Pulitzer Prize.


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Politics
5:57 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

James Mitchell Withdraws From 12th Congressional District Race

James Mitchell and supporters held yard signs at a special city council meeting on April 7 announcing the selection of Dan Clodfelter as the new mayor of Charlotte following Patrick Cannon's resignation. He was being considered for the position. He announced he is no longer running for congress on April 14.
Credit Tom Bullock

 Less than two months after officially filing to run for Congress, former Charlotte city councilman James "Smuggie" Mitchell says he is no longer a candidate for the 12th congressional district seat.

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Local News
4:32 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Repeal Of Local Business Tax

Credit NC General Assembly

A plan moving through the state legislature could cost City of Charlotte coffers $8.5 million in local business taxes.


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Local News
11:27 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Transgender Accommodation Policies Big Topic On College Campuses

Andraya Williams
Credit Lisa Miller

In March, a CPCC transgender student was suspended for a day-and-a-half after she used a women’s restroom. She says a security guard told her she needed to use one of the campuses' three gender-neutral bathrooms. The disputed generated a small protest on campus, at which Andraya Williams spoke about the incident.

Andraya Williams speaking on the incident.

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Local News
11:35 am
Sat April 12, 2014

A New Era Of Charlotte Baseball Begins...

The Charlotte Knights take the field for the opening game in their new uptown stadium.
Michael Tomsic

A hot dog, a cold beer and a spring evening in a sold-out ballpark – minor league baseball is back in Charlotte. After roughly 25 years of playing in Fort Mill, the Charlotte Knights played their first game in their new uptown stadium Friday night. WFAE’s Michael Tomsic was there.   


Local News
6:19 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

City Of Charlotte Will Withhold Cannon Documents For Now

The City of Charlotte has announced it will withhold releasing vast amounts of public records about former mayor Patrick Cannon.

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Local News
5:08 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Philip Morris Sells Concord Plant

The former Philip Morris plant off of U.S. 29 in Concord.
Credit Google Maps

The former Philip Morris plant in Concord has a new owner after sitting vacant for 5 years. It’s a company called Victory Industrial Park, LLC. But what that company plans to do with the property is less clear. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports.


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WFAE Talks
4:13 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

WFAE Talks Mayor Clodfelter, Cannon Public Records, Duke's Efforts To Stunt Tree Growth, Reading

WFAE Talks recorded April 11, 2014.

This week, the WFAE Talks crew discusses stories making news that concern city politics, the environment and education.

Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss initial impressions of Mayor Dan Clodfelter, and public records related to former Mayor Patrick Cannon that won't be released for at least 60 days. Also on this week's podcast: Public outcry prompts Duke Energy to suspend a program in which tree roots were being injected with a chemical to stunt growth, and observations from a 3rd-grade class trying to meet the state's new reading requirement.

Local News
11:25 am
Fri April 11, 2014

The Buzz On Charlotte's Baseball Past

Charlotte Hornets line-up for 1957 season opener against Knoxville (from Charlotte Observer clippings archived at UNC Charlotte's J. Murray Atkins Library).
Mark Rumsey / UNC Charlotte - University Archives WFAE

It's a big day in the Charlotte area's professional baseball history. The new 10,000 seat BB&T Ballpark uptown debuts tonight when the Triple-A Charlotte Knights take on the Norfolk Tides.

The Knights had spend the previous 24 seasons in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

The region has a long and colorful history of professional baseball. WFAE's Mark Rumsey captured that history in this story, which first aired last summer. 


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Music
9:42 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Amos Lee 'Giving Back Some Goodness' Through Music

Amos Lee
Credit Harper Lee

Singer songwriter Amos Lee’s music has been described as everything from folk to country to rock to soul.He’s toured with the likes of Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and Paul Simon. His latest record is called Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. He’ll be performing at Ovens Auditorium Saturday night and he joined us this morning.

Listen to the interview.

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