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Planner: Charlotte on Track with Greenway
1:00 pm
Thu May 25, 2006

Planner: Charlotte on Track with Greenway

(5/25/06) Indiana's Greenway administrator was in Charlotte this week as part of the Urban Land Institute's spring symposium. Ray Irvin got a look at the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, where a mixed use development called "The Metropolitan" is being built. WFAE's Simone Orendain spoke with Irvin.

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Ethics Bill
1:00 pm
Wed May 24, 2006

Ethics Bill

(5/24/06) The recent political controversies surrounding North Carolina House Speaker Jim Black have led, in part, to a renewed interest in overhauling ethics laws in this state. WFAE's Craig Fahle spoke with Dr. Susan Roberts, professor of Political Science at Davidson College, and asked if there are now more ethical problems than in the past.

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Where in the world is . . . ?
1:00 pm
Wed May 24, 2006

Where in the world is . . . ?

(5/24/06) This year's National Geographic Bee in Washington D.C. prompted WFAE commentator Peter Moore to lament the lack of geographic knowledge among many young Americans.

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A More Diverse NASCAR
1:00 pm
Wed May 24, 2006

A More Diverse NASCAR

(5/25/06) NASCAR's top stars return to Lowe's Motor Speedway tonight to qualify for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. When the race begins, all of the competitors will be white males. But a young driver living in Mooresville is the face of NASCAR's efforts to become a diverse sport.

Going Generic
1:00 pm
Mon May 22, 2006

Going Generic

(5/19/06) A North Carolina health insurance company is waiving members' co-pays on generic drugs through the end of July. Blue Cross Blue Shield says it introduced the co-pay "holiday" a few years ago to promote greater use of generic drugs. Generic drugs already make up 56% of all drugs dispensed in the United States and insurance companies hope to make that number even larger. From the Carolinas Business Bureau, WFAE's Jaime Bedrin report.

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Commissioners Want Medicaid Change
1:00 pm
Mon May 22, 2006

Commissioners Want Medicaid Change

(5/17/06) The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution this week to ask the state to take over its portion of Medicaid. North Carolina is the only state in the country in which funding comes from counties, in addition to the customary state and federal money. WFAE's Scott Graf found out more from Faye Higgins, the chairwoman of Caldwell County's Board of Commissioners.

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Lottery Revenues in County Budget
1:00 pm
Mon May 22, 2006

Lottery Revenues in County Budget

(5/22/06) When Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones outlined his budget proposal last week, he included plans for a 1.5% property tax cut. Charges immediately came from prominent politicians, including Governor Mike Easley, that the county was improperly using new lottery revenue to, in effect, pay for the tax cut. WFAE's Craig Fahle spoke to County Commission Chairman Parks Helms about the controversy.

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Don't Mix Marriage and Remodeling
1:00 pm
Mon May 22, 2006

Don't Mix Marriage and Remodeling

(5/18/06) Some people get married. Some people remodel their house. But WFAE commentator Elizabeth Richardson says people who get married should not remodel their house.

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Going Generic
1:00 pm
Mon May 22, 2006

Going Generic

(5/19/06) A North Carolina health insurance company is waiving members' co-pays on generic drugs through the end of July. Blue Cross Blue Shield says it introduced the co-pay "holiday" a few years ago to promote greater use of generic drugs. Generic drugs already make up 56% of all drugs dispensed in the United States and insurance companies hope to make that number even larger. From the Carolinas Business Bureau, WFAE's Jaime Bedrin report.

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A New Life for Piedmont Courts
1:00 pm
Mon May 15, 2006

A New Life for Piedmont Courts

(5/15/06) Demolition has begun on a project to transform Charlotte's Piedmont Courts public housing complex into a new mixed-income neighborhood. WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Jennifer Gallman at the Charlotte Housing Authority about the city's latest HOPE VI project.

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