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US Airways Flight Center Goes to Pittsburgh
12:00 pm
Mon February 26, 2007

US Airways Flight Center Goes to Pittsburgh

The City of Charlotte learned Wednesday that it will not be the location of a new US Airways flight operations center. The city had been competing with both Pheonix and the eventual winner, Pittsburgh, for the facility. From WFAE's Carolinas Business Bureau Craig Fahle spoke with Tom Flynn, the economic development director for the City of Charlotte. He asked whether the announcement was a surprise.

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Why We Need Black History Month
12:00 pm
Mon February 19, 2007

Why We Need Black History Month

February is Black History Month. But WFAE commentator John Grooms says not everyone appears to catch the significance.

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A NASCAR Rookie Fan
12:00 pm
Fri February 16, 2007

A NASCAR Rookie Fan

This weekend in Daytona, the 2007 NASCAR season gets underway. Though the off-season in NASCAR is only about three months long, many fans have been eagerly awaiting this weekend's Daytona 500. WFAE commentator Sasha Trosch has been, even though she may not be your typical NASCAR fan.

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Cheatin' in Daytona
12:00 pm
Fri February 16, 2007

Cheatin' in Daytona

This week in Daytona, NASCAR suspended five crew chiefs and issued the most severe fines in its history. Each team in question, the sanctioning body said, was breaking established rules. For some analysis of all the news leading up to Sunday's Daytona 500, WFAE's Scott Graff called USA Today's Nate Ryan.

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Fulla Arrives in America
12:00 pm
Thu February 15, 2007

Fulla Arrives in America

A popular Middle Eastern doll made its U.S. debut this week at the Toy Fair in New York. The doll, which comes in many outfits including traditional Muslim dress, is expected to hit retailers' shelves this spring. From WFAE's Carolinas Business Bureau, Simone Orendain spoke with Charlotte-based toy distributor Basel Kanawati who unveiled the doll at the fair.

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CMS to Decentralize District
12:00 pm
Thu February 15, 2007

CMS to Decentralize District

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools unveiled a plan for the long-awaited decentralized district. It's been split into six geographic areas, to be ready by next school year. WFAE's Simone Orendain went over the plan with CMS Superintendent Peter Gorman.

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Building Bikes for Breast Cancer
12:00 pm
Wed February 14, 2007

Building Bikes for Breast Cancer

Around the country, eight custom motorcycles are being built this winter, to be auctioned off later to benefit breast cancer awareness. The project has been organized by the Cary-based "International 1 in 8 Motersports Foundation." For a Shelby bike builder involved in the project, it's become a way to pay tribute to his mother.
Find out more about the 1 in 8 Foundation here.

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Boosting Youth Football at C-M
12:00 pm
Wed February 14, 2007

Boosting Youth Football at C-M

Mecklenburg County got a $150,000 grant to "improve" it's youth football program over the next three years. WFAE's Simone Orendain spoke with Mecklenburg's youth football coordinator Akida Jordan and asked why the county - with a record of sending lots of high school stars to winning college teams - needs to improve its program.

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Jim Black to Plead Guilty
12:00 pm
Wed February 14, 2007

Jim Black to Plead Guilty

Former House Speaker Jim Black will plead guilty to a federal corruption charge Thursday. He's also expected to resign. WFAE's Simone Orendain has more.

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Caravan to Raleigh
12:00 pm
Tue February 13, 2007

Caravan to Raleigh

Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory is leading what he calls a caravan to Raleigh today. The mayor, along with more than 200 people, including crime victims, are taking buses to the Capital to rally support for increased funding for the criminal justice system. The mayor spoke with WFAE's Craig Fahle. He says this is the best way to get the legislature's attention.

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