News http://wfae.org en World Cup Fandom Hurts GDP Growth, UNCC Economist Finds http://wfae.org/post/world-cup-fandom-hurts-gdp-growth-uncc-economist-finds <p>Two soccer powerhouses, Germany and Argentina, will compete this weekend in the World Cup final. The tournament is the most watched sporting event on Earth, but that passion may have negative economic ramifications, a UNC-Charlotte economist has found.</p><p></p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:17:43 +0000 Ben Bradford 54793 at http://wfae.org World Cup Fandom Hurts GDP Growth, UNCC Economist Finds Charlotte Organist Wins National Improv Competition http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-organist-wins-national-improv-competition <p class="Body">Charlotte organist Patrick Scott won the 2014 National Competition in Organ Improvisation, held June 26 in Boston. In addition to the competition's $3,000 first prize, Scott took the audience prize, which earned him an additional $1,500. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen profiled Scott earlier this year.</p><p class="Body">When you think of a church pipe organ, Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" probably isn't the first thing to come to mind. But<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;when organists give recitals, sometimes, they cut loose by improvising. Some take it further, actually playing in improvising competitions. </span></p><p class="Body">&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:47:28 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 43387 at http://wfae.org Charlotte Organist Wins National Improv Competition Wells Fargo Diversifies To Offset Decline In Home Lending http://wfae.org/post/wells-fargo-diversifies-offset-decline-home-lending <p>Wells Fargo’s profits were up for the second quarter. The bank is reporting net income of $5.73 billion. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports the company is trying to diversify in order to make up for a decline in its mortgage business.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:51:15 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 54748 at http://wfae.org Wells Fargo Diversifies To Offset Decline In Home Lending WFAE Talks: Voting Law Lawsuit, Republican Infighting At Statehouse, Heritage USA http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-voting-law-lawsuit-republican-infighting-statehouse-heritage-usa <p></p><p></p><p>WFAE Talks is back after a brief mid-summer hiatus. This week, reporter Michael Tomsic joins Greg Collard and Ben Bradford. Michael spent the week in Winston-Salem covering hearings in federal court over the Justice Department's challenge to North Carolina's voting law. The Justice Department and other groups want a federal judge to block parts of the law from taking effect in the upcoming general election.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:47:03 +0000 Greg Collard, Ben Bradford & Michael Tomsic 54735 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks: Voting Law Lawsuit, Republican Infighting At Statehouse, Heritage USA Chef Vivian Howard http://wfae.org/post/chef-vivian-howard <p><span style="font-size: 14px; color: rgb(26, 15, 15); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">Vivian Howard is the chef at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://chefandthefarmer.com/" style="font-size: 14px; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); margin-top: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;" target="_blank">Chef and the Farmer</a><span style="font-size: 14px; color: rgb(26, 15, 15); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">&nbsp;in the small Eastern North Carolina town Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:18:14 +0000 Tanner Latham 54725 at http://wfae.org Chef Vivian Howard York County vs Evangelicals: The Battle Over 'Heritage USA' Ruins http://wfae.org/post/york-county-vs-evangelicals-battle-over-heritage-usa-ruins <p>If you’ve been in the area long enough, you’ll remember Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, the televangelists who built a sprawling religious theme park in Fort Mill in the 1980s. A scandal led to the park closing its doors. Now, a new evangelical ministry is hoping to restore parts of the old theme park, but as WFAE’s Nick de la Canal reports, there’s a fear that history may repeat itself.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:53:09 +0000 Nick de la Canal 54652 at http://wfae.org York County vs Evangelicals: The Battle Over 'Heritage USA' Ruins Federal Judge Set To Decide If NC Voting Changes Will Cause 'Irreparable Harm' In November http://wfae.org/post/federal-judge-set-decide-if-nc-voting-changes-will-cause-irreparable-harm-november <p>A federal judge will decide within the next month or two whether to put some parts of North Carolina's sweeping election law on hold. All week in Winston-Salem, the U.S. Justice Department, the NAACP, and other groups tried to convince Judge Thom Schroeder that the changes would deny or curtail African-Americans' right to vote. WFAE's Michael Tomsic covered the hearings in Winston-Salem, which wrapped up Thursday.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:54:47 +0000 Michael Tomsic 54711 at http://wfae.org Federal Judge Set To Decide If NC Voting Changes Will Cause 'Irreparable Harm' In November Gov. McCrory Supports 6 Percent Raise For Teachers http://wfae.org/post/gov-mccrory-supports-6-percent-raise-teachers <p>As state budget negotiations continued today in Raleigh, Governor Pat McCrory said he would support a House plan to give teachers an average six percent raise.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:56:36 +0000 Marshall Terry 54651 at http://wfae.org NC Voting Law Court Case Continues http://wfae.org/post/nc-voting-law-court-case-continues <p style="text-indent: 0pt; margin-left: 18pt; margin-right: 18pt;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 16pt;">In Winston-Salem this morning, a federal judge will continue questioning U.S. Justice Department lawyers on whether North Carolina's election overhaul violates the Voting Rights Act. All week, Judge Thom Schroeder has heard the Justice Department try to make that case, along with the NAACP, the League of Women Voters and other groups. They're suing North Carolina, and this week they're trying to convince a judge to put the changes on hold. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:09:01 +0000 Michael Tomsic 54626 at http://wfae.org Doctor, Teacher Charged With Prescription Fraud http://wfae.org/post/doctor-teacher-charged-prescription-fraud <p>A Rowan County doctor and his wife turned themselves in Wednesday morning after being indicted in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain the prescription pain killer hydrocodone. Overall, police have charged eight people, most of whom are teachers or teacher assistants.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:24:35 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 54615 at http://wfae.org Doctor, Teacher Charged With Prescription Fraud