Local

Local News
10:21 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

SC Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Whether Attorney General Can Prosecute House Speaker

South Carolina Supreme Court
Credit www.judicial.state.sc.us/supreme

The South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether Attorney General Alan Wilson has the authority to prosecute House Speaker Bobby Harrell. A state judge ruled last month that Wilson cannot prosecute Harrell before the House Ethics Committee determines there's a criminal case.

Read more
Local News
4:14 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Against The Odds, 5 Young Latinas Graduate High School And 'Circle de Luz'

Gabby is one of the first five young women to graduate from Circle de Luz, a program founded in 2008 to help young Latinas through middle and high school.
Credit Nick de la Canal/WFAE

Six years ago, a group of young women were picked to take part in a special program. The girls were all in the seventh grade, all were Latinas, and all were deemed to be at risk of dropping out of school or becoming pregnant. The program is run by a volunteer group called Circle de Luz. And last week the group – and the young women they mentored – had reason to celebrate

Read more
Local News
10:34 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Fast-tracked, Bipartisan NC Bill Pushes Water Lawsuits Forward

Water flows from a kitchen faucet.
Credit Jenn Durfey / Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A new North Carolina law could allow two water contamination lawsuits to go forward, after they were stymied by a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this month.


Read more
Transportation
4:07 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Study Shows I-77 Toll Lane Trip Could Top Out At $11

A graphic from a 2012 study commissioned by NCDOT shows congestion during the morning hours between WT Harris Boulevard and Gilead Road.
Credit Stantec/NCDOT

A 2012 study indicates a trip between uptown Charlotte and Mooresville on an express toll lane could cost between $9 to $11 during rush hour.

Read more
Local News
10:10 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Fighting Opiate Deaths: Program Distributes Overdose-Reversal Drug In NC

Sterile needles, cotton swabs, and overdose-reversal kits from NC Harm Reduction Coalition.
Credit Nick de la Canal/WFAE

The number of unintentional deaths from opiate overdoses in North Carolina has more than tripled from 1999 to 2012, when there were more than 600 reported deaths. Last year, state lawmakers attempted to address the growing problem with legislation that makes it easier for drug users to obtain an overdose-reversal drug called naloxone, or Narcan. WFAE’s Nick de la Canal takes a look at how that drug is being distributed and used to prevent overdose deaths.

Last November, Louise Vincent and Adam Wigglesworth visited some friends in Greensboro.

Read more
Local News
8:21 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Kings Mountain Exhibit Recalls Health Care Of Yesteryear

Red Cross uniform
Jennifer Lang WFAE

Many of us dread going to the dentist. After all, having a cavity filled is no fun -- even  with modern equipment. But as WFAE's Mark Rumsey found out during a recent visit to Kings Mountain, North Carolina -- we 21st century citizens have it pretty good.   

Feature story on "Say Ahh!" exhibit in Kings Mountain.

Read more
WFAE Talks
6:08 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

WFAE Talks Overblown Water Test Results, Higher Ed

Lisa Miller discusses a higher education project that she and Michael Tomsic are working on. Ben Bradford explains why media reports on carcinogens found in some Rowan County water wells are overblown. And this week's "MeghaMeter" segment scrutinizes a press release from the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

WFAE Talks, recorded 06/20/14.

Local News
4:49 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Activist Investor Icahn Demands Immediate Sale Of Family Dollar

Credit WFAE

Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn is demanding that Family Dollar be put up for sale immediately.  Icahn earlier this month bought a 9.4 percent share in the Matthews-based discount retailer, making him the company’s largest shareholder. Family Dollar’s board immediately enacted a so-called “poison pill” measure to prevent Icahn or other large investors from buying a controlling stake in the company.

Read more
Local News
3:46 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

NC Leaders In Agreement On Overhauling Medicaid Payment Model

Credit TaxRebate.org.uk

North Carolina is poised to overhaul how it pays for doctor's visits and other physical health services under Medicaid. Governor Pat McCrory, state House and Senate leaders agree on that front, although they still need to work out differences in their broader plans for Medicaid.


Read more
Local News
8:24 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Fact Check: Carcinogens In Rowan County Wells Overblown In Recent Reports

Discolored water seeps up on private property near Duke Energy's retired Buck coal plant. Samples turned up high levels of coal ash constituents.
Credit Dot Griffith / Waterkeeper Alliance

A story has been making the rounds this week about a Rowan County community called Dukeville. Environmentalists found toxic heavy metals in drinking water wells near Duke Energy’s retired Buck coal plant, suggesting contamination from coal ash. One metal found in all the wells has generated the most attention.  

“A cancer-causing chemical, called hexavalent chromium,” WCNC reported.

Chromium’s “most toxic form,” an Associated Press investigative story reads.

WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey to discuss problems with these reports.


Read more

Pages