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3:03 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Headline Roundup: Panel Interviewing Online Charter School Companies; I-485 Lanes Open; More

A panel selected by the state school board is meeting today with companies who want to open North Carolina’s first online-only charter schools. The committee will interview representatives of N.C. Virtual Academy and N.C. Connections Academy in Raleigh.

Charter schools receive state money but operate under fewer rules than other public schools. Thirty states allow fully online charters. North Carolina is one of more than two dozen states that allow online courses to supplement, but not replace, brick and mortar schools.  

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The Party Line
2:53 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Pols Should Realize That Sharing Is Caring

When the framers devised a governing system, the one thing they feared the most—and sought to avoid at all costs—was allowing any one entity to gain or control too much power.

The reason being, in the words of James Madison, was found within human nature — that the acquisition of power typically leads to wanting more power. So why not use the same principle in trying to ensure that one group doesn’t get more power: in Madison’s words in Federalist 51, “ambition must be made to counteract ambition.”

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Local News
6:15 am
Wed December 17, 2014

NC Animal Shelters To Close Remaining Euthanasia Gas Chambers

Credit Claudio Matsuoka / Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

About half of the U.S. states now ban the use of gas chambers to perform euthanasia on dogs and cats.  North Carolina will enforce such a ban beginning next month, although most counties have already switched to lethal injections.  Union County was one of the last holdouts.


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Local News
5:56 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

How 2014 Turnout Data May Fit Into NC Voting Lawsuits

Participation: Total votes from identified demographic. Proportion: Demographic as a percentage of all votes cast. Turnout: Percentage of registered voters who participated from identified demographic .
Credit N.C. Board of Elections

A federal appeals court ruled in October that some North Carolina voting changes would result in irreparable harm to African-Americans. The U.S. Supreme Court overruled, and allowed the changes to be part of this year's elections. Now lawyers involved in the ongoing case have new data to work with – the state Board of Elections released a final breakdown of turnout Tuesday.

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Local News
1:47 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Headline Roundup: Tillis Gets Committee Assignments; BofA Fails Two Tests; More

North Carolina’s U.S. Senator-elect Thom Tillis will serve on two military-related committees when he’s sworn in next month. Senate Republicans announced committee assignments  for the 114th Congress yesterday. Tillis will be on the Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committees as well as agriculture and judiciary panels and a special committee on aging.

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Arts
10:01 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Speak Up Magazine: Giving A Voice To Charlotte's Homeless

Tom Costantini is a vendor for Speak Up Magazine. He waits for customers in Uptown.
Credit Sarah Delia

An organization in Charlotte is trying to help the homeless in a different way. Speak Up Magazine is a group that gives people living on the streets not just a job, but a chance to tell their story.


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Local News
12:30 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Off-Shoring Company Cognizant Gets Tax Breaks To Expand In NC

In the 2013 fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Labor authorized Cognizant to apply for up to 1,300 H1-B and L-1 guest worker visas in North Carolina, the fourth-most of any company, according to data from the department.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

A major off-shoring company is expanding in North Carolina and receiving state incentives to do so. Last month, the North Carolina Governor’s Office announced Cognizant Technology Solutions, a Fortune 500 company, would create 500 high-paying jobs in North Carolina, including opening a new office in Charlotte.

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Local News
3:12 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

In NC Case, US Supreme Court Rules On 'Reasonable' Police Mistake

Court room of the United States Supreme Court.
Credit runJMrun / Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

What started with a busted tail light in North Carolina has now led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision on what constitutes a reasonable mistake by a police officer. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can in some cases pull someone over even if they're mistaken in believing that person broke the law.

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WFAEats
12:01 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

'Mouse Madness': Local Food Gifts To Order Online

Strawberries in chocolate dips with various sprinkles.
Neet's Sweets

It’s crunch time. If your holiday list is getting longer as the days grow shorter, here’s a baker’s dozen of suggestions for tasteful gifts you can give with just a few clicks of your mouse. Even better, they’re all local.

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Sunday Headlines
9:45 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Protesters Rally In Charlotte, Fayetteville

Protests have continued around the nation and in North Carolina this weekend, aimed at calling attention to police killings of unarmed black men.  In Fayetteville Saturday, marchers waved signs along the curb of Ski-bo Road, chanting "Hands Up, Don't Shoot." Passing motorists honked their horns in support.  Police didn't have an estimate of the number of marchers.  And in downtown Charlotte yesterday afternoon, about 60 people protested at Trade and Tryon streets.

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