News http://wfae.org en Only A Matter Of Time Until Same-Sex Marriage Legal In NC http://wfae.org/post/only-matter-time-until-same-sex-marriage-legal-nc <p>Now that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/28/336119802/another-appeals-court-tosses-same-sex-marriage-ban">struck down</a> Virginia’s marriage ban for same-sex couples, the question turns from “if” gay marriage will be allowed in North Carolina to “when” it will occur.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:07:09 +0000 Michael Bitzer 55814 at http://wfae.org Only A Matter Of Time Until Same-Sex Marriage Legal In NC I-77 Toll Lane Debate Gets More Intense http://wfae.org/post/i-77-toll-lane-debate-gets-more-intense <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If driving down I-77 is part of your daily commute, you’ll probably agree a solution is needed for the growing congestion on the interstate. North Carolina’s Department of Transportation intends to add toll lanes to ease traffic and potentially provide the state with extra income. But as the plan enters its final stages, the state is experiencing some significant pushback.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:25:53 +0000 Nick de la Canal 55771 at http://wfae.org I-77 Toll Lane Debate Gets More Intense In Response To Ruling, Cooper Will Stop Defending Same-Sex Marriage Ban http://wfae.org/post/response-ruling-cooper-will-stop-defending-same-sex-marriage-ban-0 <p> North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Cooper made that announcement Monday after the federal appeals court that sets the precedent for North Carolina and several other states ruled Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.</p><p></p><p>A three-judge panel ruled Monday that Virginia's laws banning same-sex marriage "impermissibly infringe on its citizens fundamental right to marry."</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:59:33 +0000 Michael Tomsic 55788 at http://wfae.org In Response To Ruling, Cooper Will Stop Defending Same-Sex Marriage Ban Charlotte Premium Outlets Will Provide Shuttles For Grand Opening http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-premium-outlets-will-provide-shuttles-grand-opening <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte's newest shopping mall complex, Charlotte Premium Outlets, will open its doors on Thursday morning. The mall has </span><a href="http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/store_listing.asp?id=111" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">more than 100 stores</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and will host a four-day grand opening that's expected to draw large crowds -- and a lot of traffic -- near Steele Creek Road and I-485 in southwest Charlotte. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:32:52 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 55786 at http://wfae.org Charlotte Premium Outlets Will Provide Shuttles For Grand Opening How Much Will Icahn Pocket In Family Dollar Sale? (Hint: A lot) http://wfae.org/post/how-much-will-icahn-pocket-family-dollar-sale-hint-lot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How much is it worth to get your way?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sure, bragging rights and a sense of satisfaction may be priceless, b</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut few would turn down the check billionaire investor Carl </span>Icahn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is set to get now that Dollar Tree intends to purchase Family Dollar for $8.5 billion.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:57:43 +0000 Tom Bullock 55773 at http://wfae.org How Much Will Icahn Pocket In Family Dollar Sale? (Hint: A lot) Dollar Tree To Acquire Matthews-based Family Dollar For $8.5 Billion http://wfae.org/post/dollar-tree-acquire-matthews-based-family-dollar-85-billion <p>Dollar Tree, the nation’s leading discount variety store, announced Monday morning that it is buying Matthews-based Family Dollar Stores Inc.</p><p>The cash-and-stock deal has a value of $8.5 billion, company officials said. It heads off a potentially long and ugly proxy fight with activist investor Carl Icahn, who has been pushing to force a sale of the company.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:24:31 +0000 Steve Lyttle & Ely Portillo 55766 at http://wfae.org Dollar Tree To Acquire Matthews-based Family Dollar For $8.5 Billion Lawmakers Report Deal On NC Budget http://wfae.org/post/lawmakers-report-deal-nc-budget <p>Nearly a month after the start of the new fiscal year, North Carolina legislative leaders say they’ve finally agreed on the outline of a state budget.</p><p>Both House Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius and Senate leader Phil Berger of Rockingham issued messages on Twitter this weekend announcing the deal, and said details will come this week. &nbsp;</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:33:45 +0000 David Boraks 55727 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks: Dark Days Looming For Solar? Teacher Recruitment, Sales Tax Debate http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-dark-days-looming-solar-teacher-recruitment-sales-tax-debate <p>The solar industry has been booming in North Carolina, but that boom could be coming to an end, as Ben Bradford <a href="http://wfae.org/post/nc-solar-industry-jeopardy-if-utilities-get-their-way?nopop=1">reported</a> this week. Ben Bradford provides analysis of what's going on.</p><p>Greg, Lisa and Ben also discuss the Houston school system's recruitment of North Carolina teachers, and the legislative debate over capping county sales taxes. Plus, the MeghaMeter returns.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:42:50 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Ben Bradford 55642 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks: Dark Days Looming For Solar? Teacher Recruitment, Sales Tax Debate Cut To State Income Tax Costing Far More Than Expected http://wfae.org/post/cut-state-income-tax-costing-far-more-expected <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year’s cut of the personal income tax rate is costing North Carolina far more than originally projected.&nbsp; This according to new figures released by the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:10:51 +0000 Tom Bullock 55641 at http://wfae.org Cut To State Income Tax Costing Far More Than Expected Medal Of Honor Recipient Who Called Fayetteville Home Now Honored With Stamp http://wfae.org/post/medal-honor-recipient-who-called-fayetteville-home-now-honored-stamp <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly seven million people donned American military uniforms to fight in the Korean War.</span></p><p>Of those, just 145 received the highest military commendation this country can bestow…the Medal of Honor.</p><p>Saturday, at Arlington National Cemetery, the United States Postal Service, will issue a new set of stamps immortalizing a few of those Medal of Honor recipients, the 13 still alive when the series was commissioned. One of them was a man who called Fayetteville home.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:30:46 +0000 Tom Bullock 55637 at http://wfae.org Medal Of Honor Recipient Who Called Fayetteville Home Now Honored With Stamp