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Two More Years for Mayor McCrory

Nov 8, 2005

(11/08/05) It's a good thing Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory likes his job, because he's got a few more years in office. McCrory easily defeated Democrat challenger Craig Madans with 56 percent of the vote. This will be McCrory's sixth term in office. In other election news, voters rejected a multi-million dollar Charlotte Mecklenburg School bonds package, although they did approve one for Central Piedmont Community College. 

Myrick Discusses Clean Air Legislation

Nov 8, 2005

(11/08/05) The Environmental Protection Agency wants to change the way it measures air pollution from power plants. Opponents say the agency's proposed new rule would increase air pollution by allowing fossil fuel power plants to run longer. But Republican North Carolina Congresswoman Sue Myrick says it will all help the EPA reach their clean air goals more efficiently. From WFAE's Capitol Hill bureau, Terry Gildea has more.

Stuffed

Nov 7, 2005

(11/07/2005) One dictionary definition of the term "stuff" is: "A group or scattering of miscellaneous objects or articles." However you define "stuff" WFAE Commentator Caroline Castle Hicks is amazed by the sheer amount of it in our lives.

A Low Maintenance Halloween

Nov 3, 2005

(10/31/05) Some people can't wait until Halloween. After all, it's a time to binge on Kit Kats and play dress up. But WFAE commentator Kristin Sherman says she wishes the holiday weren't so high maintenance.

Geddings Resigns from Lottery Commission

Nov 2, 2005

(11/02/05) Charlotte marketing executive Kevin Geddings resigned Monday from the just formed North Carolina Lottery Commission. WFAE's Simone Orendain spoke with Geddings about what led to his decision to resign. (note: interview was given prior to news of Geddings' company having received $24,000 from a potential lottery vendor)

Delta Departing Hickory

Nov 2, 2005

(11/02/05) Air travelers and city leaders in Hickory were dealt a blow recently when Delta announced it was pulling its service out of the Hickory Regional Airport. The company's initial plan was to pull out at the end of this month, but a technicality has extended the service to January. WFAE's Scott Graf spoke with Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright about the situation and the city's quest to line up another commercial carrier.

Charlotte Mayoral Preview

Nov 1, 2005

(11/01/05) Next week, Charlotte voters will go to the polls to, among other things, choose a mayor. Their options are clear: five-term incumbent and, very visible, Pat McCrory, or his challenger, Democrat Craig Madans. McCrory has defeated Madans in the past, but Madans is more confident than ever that he'll be able to unseat the Republican. It sets up a showdown that some say isn't much of a showdown at all. WFAE's Scott Graf reports.

Katrina's Continuing Impact

Oct 28, 2005

(10/28/05) The impact of Hurricane Katrina and other recent natural disasters continues to be felt in Charlotte. WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with United Way of Central Carolinas' President Gloria Pace King for an update.

Bond Referendum: For and Against

Oct 28, 2005

(10/28/05) Mecklenburg County voters will decide on November 8 whether to approve a $427 million school bond package. County voters have rejected just two bond referenda since 1966. But this is one of the larger amounts in recent years that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Scools is requesting. WFAE's Simone Orendain explores what's at stake for those who support it and those who oppose it.

Dealing with the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Oct 27, 2005

(10/27/05) Pam Daigle with the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the Red Cross has spent the last three weeks helping folks in New Orleans get back on their feet. She spoke with WFAE's Jaime Bedrin about her experiences on the Gulf Coast. Daigle described some of the biggest obstacles facing the Red Cross and Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans.

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