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6:47 am
Mon March 17, 2014

McCrory Administration Submits New Medicaid Plan Monday

Governor Pat McCrory's administration will make its new approach to overhauling the state's most expensive health care program official Monday. State health leaders will submit their new plan for Medicaid to the General Assembly.

There's one phrase that you'll be hearing a lot about with our state's Medicaid program: accountable care organization. When you hear that jargon, think: groups of doctors and hospitals.

Dr. Elliott Fisher at Dartmouth College helped develop the concept and unveiled it under a different name in 2006.

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Sunday headlines
11:05 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Services Mon. for Forest Service officer

Services are planned this week for Jason Crisp, the U.S. Forest Service officer who was shot and killed last Wednesday during a manhunt for a North Carolina killer.  A visitation is planned this afternoon at a church in Marion. Crisp’s funeral is Monday at McDowell High School.  Crisp and his dog were ambushed as they hunted for Troy Whisnant, who earlier had shot and killed his own parents. Investigators say Whisnant later fired at three other officers, who responded with deadly fire.

GENERAL BACK IN COURT MONDAY

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Local News
7:54 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Coal Ash Could Help Airport, But Waste Ponds Have More Pollutants

A diagram of the coal ash and its encapsulation, as Duke and Charah are proposing at CLT.
Credit Charah

Duke Energy says it will remove the coal ash controversially stored on the banks of Mountain Island Lake. That has long been a goal of environmental groups. After that announcement, Duke quickly offered a proposal to the City of Charlotte: use the ash at Charlotte-Douglas airport, as fill for land, for new runways, taxiways, and other projects. That proposal from Duke could be a cheap option for an airport whose calling card is its low cost.

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Transportation
2:43 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

CATS Map Will Help Navigate Light Rail Extension Traffic

A map was released by the city today that displays road and lane closures, bus detours and turning restrictions during construction of the 9.3 mile blue line light rail extension. The website URL is www.CharlotteFuture.com.
Credit CATS

Major construction of bridges and tracks for the blue line light rail extension will begin in the next few months. And with that, be ready to spend more time in traffic. Charlotte Area Transit System officials announced Friday that it's making a map available to give commuters a heads up on road and lane closures and turning restrictions during construction.

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World
10:44 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Satellite Signals From Missing Plane Raise Questions

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 11:27 am

Conflicting information raises even more questions about the fate of the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared nearly a week ago with 239 people on board.

Local News
10:07 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Want Google Fiber? Why Wait? Shelby Company Says It Has Wired The State

Credit RST Fiber

Google is still considering if it will bringing its ultra-high speed internet to cities like Charlotte. But if you don’t want to wait, you may not have to. This week, a small North Carolina Company announced it has already built a similar fiber optic network across the entire state. The company is called RST Fiber and we take a look at what they offer and one of the men behind it.


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Local News
7:03 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Duke Proposes Removing Coal Ash Stored Along Mountain Island Lake

Duke has proposed closing the Riverbend Steam Station's ash ponds and moving the ash to lined landfills.
Credit Duke Energy

Duke Energy has announced plans to close many coal ash ponds across the state, including at the Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake, after at least 30,000 tons of the toxic byproduct from burning coal spilled into the Dan River last month. City officials say Duke and another company have proposed that the airport use the ash.

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A Trifling Place
4:03 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

A Trifling Place, Episode 16: Where The Sidewalks At?

A slide from a presentation during an AARP summit, Making A More Livable Mecklenburg, showing examples of dangerous streets in Charlotte. In 2011, the city established a sidewalk retrofit policy with a goal of adding 375 miles of new sidewalks by 2035.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department

Welcome to A Trifling Place, a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte. 


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Charlotte Observer
1:46 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Carolina Panthers Release Steve Smith

The Panthers made it official Thursday, parting ways with the best player in franchise history when they released longtime receiver Steve Smith.

The Panthers made the announcement in a press release and are not expected to hold a press conference.

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Politics
1:28 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

NC Democratic Party In Bad Fiscal Shape As It Tries To Move Forward

New leadership and a surprise merger of sorts. No we’re not talking about the latest on Chiquita banana.  In this installment of our Thursday political conversation Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt and WFAE's Tom Bullock talk about a week of good and bad news for the North Carolina Democratic Party. 


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