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10:12 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Mecklenburg Commissioners Quickly Agree On Budget

Mecklenburg County Commissioners quickly agreed on a budget Thursday that does not include a property tax increase. It’s exactly the same as the one the county manager proposed. Most of the commissioners' discussion was about how there wasn’t more discussion. 


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Transportation
8:59 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

CATS Offers Two New Express Bus Routes To Charlotte Airport

The Route 590 Airport Connector will run from Northlake Mall's Park & Ride lot to the airport via I-485.
Credit CATS

There's a lot of construction going on at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. There are also fewer parking spaces. So finding parking is not easy.   

But to make it a little easier, airport and transit officials will begin offering two new express bus routes to the airport starting Monday. 


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The Party Line
3:35 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Pundits Show Their Non-Wisdom In Discussing Tea Party

Michael Bitzer

When I wrote my last post for The Party Line, we were expecting that all the attention on Tuesday’s primary election would be in South Carolina. Instead, the political earthquake centered in Richmond, Va., with the unseating of the second-most powerful Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives.

And while most commentators are readying national implications into the race, it would seem like the old adage of former House Speaker Tip O’Neill still rings true: All politics is local.

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Local News
9:43 am
Thu June 12, 2014

NC Almost Done Privatizing Part Of Commerce Department

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The North Carolina House and Senate are finalizing significant changes to how the state recruits and retains businesses. The chambers have passed slightly different versions of a bill to privatize part of the state Commerce Department.

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Local News
9:24 am
Thu June 12, 2014

CMS Teachers, Parents Urge Commissioners To Pay For Raises

Teachers and parents attended a public hearing to show their support of a raise for CMS employees paid for by the county.
Lisa Miller WFAE

Mecklenburg County commissioners are weighing whether to give CMS employees a raise out of the county’s pocket be that by paying the district an extra $26.7 million or asking voters to approve a quarter cent sales tax. A few hundred teachers showed up to a public hearing last night to make their case. 

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Business
12:11 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Are NC Film Incentives Worth It? Part 2: Running The Numbers

Filming of Iron Man 3 in Wilmington. The blockbuster was the first film in North Carolina to hit the $20 million dollar film incentive cap.
Credit Courtesy of the Wilmington Film Commission

The curtain is poised to come crashing down on North Carolina’s film incentive.

Wednesday, the House Finance Committee adopted a plan which would slash the amount a production company could receive, from $20 million to five million.

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Local News
8:14 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

NC Senate Passes Airport Commission Bill

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The North Carolina Senate has passed a bill that could strip control of Charlotte Douglas Airport from the city council and end a year-long legal impasse in the state’s favor—all less than two days after the legislation became public.


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CorneliusNews.net
5:02 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Marine Commission Backs Ramsey Creek Swimming Beach

Design consultant Jeffrey Smith of Bulla Smith Design Engineering points out the location of a swimming beach that Mecklenburg County plans at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius. He spoke at Monday’s Lake Norman Marine Commission meeting at Charles Mack Citizens Center.
Credit David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net

Lake Norman Marine Commissioners on Monday unanimously endorsed to Mecklenburg County’s plans to construct a public swimming beach at Ramsey Creek Park. County officials at the meeting said the project still needs state and federal approval, but that it’s on track for summer 2016 opening – if not sooner.

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WFAE
2:28 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

WFAE's Ben Bradford Wins National Murrow Award

WFAE reporter Ben Bradford
Credit WFAE

Today, the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) recognized Ben Bradford, WFAE news reporter, with a national Edward R. Murrow Award in the Hard News Reporting category for coverage of the Moral Monday protests in Raleigh. This is WFAE’s fourth national Murrow Award. 

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Charlotte Observer
1:21 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Majority Of Mecklenburg Commissioners Want Sales Tax Increase For Teacher Pay Raises

Dena Diorio
Credit Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

Mecklenburg County commissioners are planning for a November referendum on a proposal that would raise the county’s sales tax by a quarter of a penny to pay for salary supplements for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees.

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