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1:05 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

NC Overpaid Medicaid Providers In 2013

North Carolina paid Medicaid providers about $440,000 more than it should have last year. That's according to a report Friday from the state auditor's office, which found several problems in its annual review of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

About a third of the overpayment consisted of state money, as the federal government covers about two-thirds of Medicaid costs in North Carolina. Dave Richard is deputy secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, and he offered this perspective on the overpayment: 

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Local News
9:44 am
Mon March 24, 2014

The Once And (Potential) Future Brooklyn, Charlotte

Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

For much of the 20th century, the southeastern quadrant of Uptown Charlotte contained a bustling neighborhood known as Brooklyn. It formed because of segregation, but grew into the center of Charlotte’s black community.  Torn down and paved over, a vibrant Second Ward became a sleepy government district. But city leaders plan to revive the area through a new development that bears a familiar name, if they can get it off the ground.

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Sunday headlines
10:51 am
Sun March 23, 2014

FAA allows flights again on diagonal runway

Federal aviation officials have allowed Charlotte Douglas International Airport to resume daytime takeoffs and landings on its lone diagonal runway. Our news partner CorneliusNews.net reports the move could mean fewer low-flying jets – and a bit of peace and quiet -- in the area north of the airport. The FAA restricted use of Runway 23 last summer amid concerns about the safety of crossing flight paths.

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Local News
2:58 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

$51 Million For Bojangles Coliseum? A Talking Document Tells Us Why

Bojangles Coliseum
Credit James Willamor

A request for $51 million of city money to rehab the Bojangles Coliseum was a bit surprising. The city has already approved $25 million to renovate the site. This new proposal is still just that, a proposal. But it left us wondering just what this additional money would be used for.  So we turned to a real person and a talking document to find out.    


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WFAE Talks
2:53 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

WFAE Talks Charter School Secrecy, Duke's Continuing Coal Ash Woes, CPCC's Federal Loan Decision

Welcome to the 10th edition of WFAE Talks, our weekly podcast in which WFAE News Director Greg Collard and reporters Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford discuss stories in the news and how they're covered. They also delve into general office banter.

This week, they discuss Duke Energy's continuing coal ash problems, an interpretation of state law that says charter schools don't have to reveal how much teachers are paid, and Central Piedmont Community College's decision to pull out of a federal loan program.

WFAE Talks, episode #10. Recorded 03/21/14.

Local News
9:23 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Liz Hair Led The Way For Women In Mecklenburg Politics

Credit 1974 Observer file photo

Mecklenburg politics was pretty much a man’s world in the 1970s.  Liz Hair was a big force in changing that.  She died this week at 94. 


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Local News
7:24 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

State: Duke Pumped Coal Ash Water Into Cape Fear Tributary

An environmental group, the Waterkeeper Alliance, took aerial photos of Duke Energy pumping water from an ash pond into a tributary of the Cape Fear River (bottom left).
Credit Waterkeeper Alliance

While a broken pipe was spilling at least 30,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River, Duke crews were pumping coal ash wastewater into another river—the Cape Fear. Environmental officials accuse Duke of violating its permit and hiding information from regulators. Environmental groups blame the regulators.


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Election
4:25 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

NC Republican Redistricting Deters Legislative Opponents

If you don’t like what your elected leaders are doing, you have recourse in the next election. You can kick ’em out of office.

But that’s hardly a reality in 2014 when it comes to the North Carolina General Assembly. More than half of the 170 House and Senate seats will be decided in the May primary because they have no opposition in the general election. So, we are pretty much assured there being no significant changes in the Republicans’ veto-proof majority.

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Crime
4:05 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Fired Hickory Officer Indicted On Assault Charge

Former Hickory Police Department Sergeant Robert George was fired from his position after an SBI investigation concluded on January 3. He was indicted by a grand jury on March 17.
Credit Catawba County Government

A former Hickory police officer is charged with felony assault. He's accused of using aggressive force in November when he pushed a 24-year-old woman to the ground during a license and registration check.  

Sergeant Robert George was fired from his job in January and a grand jury indicted him this week.


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Commentaries
11:46 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Commentary: March Madness Has Perfect Timing

Pastor Gus Succop

It seems almost inappropriate that March Madness take center stage while the world looks for an airplane and the Ukraine is missing part of herself.  According to the American calendar, March Madness has begun.  Allow me to point out that March Madness has arrived this year at just the right moment.

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