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1:11 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Few Differences Among Democrats Running In 12th Congressional District

Candidates for the Democratic nomination for the 12th Congressional district prepare for a forum in Greensboro, March 27, 2014.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

With North Carolina’s primary election just over a month away, six Democrats running to represent the state’s 12th Congressional District met Thursday at a forum in Greensboro. The candidates laid out their positions on a number of issues, but as WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports, it’s a challenge to find differences among them.


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Local News
10:06 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Ex-Mayor Gantt Discusses Cannon And Charlotte Government

Harvey Gantt

The downfall of Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon is hitting home with those who preceded him in the office.

Pat McCrory, who served seven terms as the city's mayor before becoming North Carolina's governor, vowed Thursday to take an active role in winning back voters' trust in the mayor's office.   Another ex-mayor of Charlotte, Harvey Gantt, served from 1983 to 1987.

WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Gantt about Cannon's arrest on federal corruption charges, and the role of mayor under Charlotte's "Council/Manager" form of government.

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Politics
9:57 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Carlee: Charges Against Cannon Don't Represent How City Runs

City manager Ron Carlee announced on Thursday afternoon that city council members will hold a special meeting on Monday evening to plan out how they will replace former Mayor Patrick Cannon.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte city government officials are now dealing with the aftermath of former mayor Patrick Cannon’s arrest and resignation. Charlotte could have a new mayor as soon as Monday.

Charlotte city council will meet on Monday evening to layout a timeline, possibly consider candidates and vote. City manager Ron Carlee held a press conference Thursday afternoon, in which he said the charges against Cannon don’t represent the way the city operates. 

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Local News
9:55 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

FBI Investigations Continue After Cannon's Arrest

Patrick Cannon (then mayor-elect) speaks at the opening of Romare Bearden Park in November 2013.
Credit Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

While the FBI’s sting operation ended in the arrest of former mayor Patrick Cannon yesterday, the agency is still carrying out other, related investigations in Charlotte.

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Crime
4:12 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

S.C. Councilman Charged With Intimidating Police Chiefs

Chester City Council member Odell Williams was arrested and charged with two counts of threatening the life of a public official. He faces up to five years in prison for allegedly threatening to "take out" the police chief and assistant police chief in a restroom.
Credit City of Chester

A Chester City Council member was arrested Wednesday night and charged with two counts of threatening the life of a public official.

Odell Williams, who is 70 and African American, used racial slurs against the Chester City Police Chief Andre Williams and Assistant Police Chief Gene Gilmore, both of whom are also African-American, according to the arrest warrant.  The warrant says he met them in the Chester City Hall restroom after a council meeting on March 10.

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The Party Line
9:50 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Political Corruption Is Rare Exception

For many, corruption in politics is a given. Those awarded with the public’s trust are always questioned in their motives. 

The allegations that Charlotte’s mayor, Patrick Cannon, was just in a long list of notable scandals and examples of political corruption: most recently, the mayors of Detroit and New Orleans were targets of the criminal justice system at the local level.

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Local News
12:49 am
Thu March 27, 2014

How The FBI's Case Against Cannon Went Down

FBI agents loaded a CPU and boxes from Patrick Cannon's home in Ballantyne before driving off.
Credit Michael Tomsic

On Wednesday morning, Patrick Cannon was Mayor of Charlotte and a rising political figure in the state. Less than 24 hours later he’s out on bond, no longer in government, and facing a host of federal charges. The story of his fall is one of undercover cops, multi-million dollar investments, bugged apartments, and feminine hygiene products. WFAE’s Ben Bradford and Tom Bullock bring us this report.


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Local News
3:41 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Department Of Justice Press Release On The Arrest Of Mayor Patrick Cannon

See the full criminal complaint here.

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Breaking
2:12 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Mayor Cannon Resigns After Arrest On Federal Bribery Charges

Mayor Patrick Cannon at his first press conference at Romare Bearden Park the day after he was elected.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

UPDATE: 7:30 a.m. Thursday

Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon has resigned after the FBI arrested him Wednesday on federal corruption charges.

The federal criminal complaint says the FBI received a tip in August 2010 from local law enforcement that Cannon was potentially involved in illegal activities and public corruption. The FBI began an undercover investigation posing as commercial real estate developers and investors looking to do business in Charlotte. 

Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt and WFAE's Tom Bullock discuss the latest developments and the charges Patrick Cannon is facing.

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Local News
10:09 am
Wed March 26, 2014

County To Continue Funding Mental Health Services After Cardinal Takeover

Mecklenburg County government will continue to supplement state and federal Medicaid dollars for mental health services with its own money. The county has provided those funds for years, but their fate has been in limbo, as officials prepare to hand over mental health oversight to an outside organization.


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