Tom Bullock / WFAE

There’s not a lot Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Roy Cooper agree on these days. But the gubernatorial campaigns of both men have a common theme: North Carolina’s economy.

Cooper was in Charlotte Wednesday to present his plan to bring high paying jobs to the state.

WFAE’s Tom Bullock and All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey discuss the proposal, and the response from the McCrory campaign.


Over the past week, you may have noticed a strange new phenomenon…people staring down at their phones…not to read text messages…but to catch Pokemon. The game invented in the mid 1990’s is seeing a resurgence around the country through the Pokemon Go app. WFAE’s Sarah Delia went on the hunt for would-be Pokemon masters.

Google announced its plan to offer Google Fiber in Charlotte more than a year ago. Tuesday the super high-speed internet service opened for business in one corner of the city – Highland Creek.


In the court fight over North Carolina's controversial law concerning LGBT people, nearly 70 companies are weighing in on the side of the U.S. Justice Department. A federal judge granted their motion Tuesday to file a friend-of-the-court brief.

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The latest fundraising numbers are in for the campaigns of North Carolina’s top two races.

Those races are for governor and U.S. senator. And in both races, the Democratic challengers are outraising the Republican incumbents in the second quarter.

Julie Rose / WFAE

Updated 6:15pm
After nearly a century generating power in North Carolina, aluminum maker Alcoa is selling its four hydroelectric dams along the Yadkin River. The buyer is a Maryland company that bills itself as a producer of clean energy.

Duke Energy

 State regulators have delivered another blow to environmentalists trying to block a new power plant in Asheville.  The North Carolina Utilities Commission says two groups must post a $98 million bond before they can appeal.

That's nearly 10 times the amount regulators originally set for an appeal by environmental groups NC WARN and The Climate Times. The commission says the bond is needed to pay Duke Energy's costs if the project is delayed.

The Public Radio News Directors, Inc., recognized WFAE 90.7 FM’s coverage of the Randall Kerrick trial in its annual national awards competition. WFAE’s reporting won second place in the Division A, Breaking News category.

“Excellence in journalism is the necessary ingredient in any healthy democracy,” said Joe O’Connor, WFAE president and general manager. “I am so proud that WFAE’s newsroom is being recognized for its remarkable coverage of the Randall Kerrick Trial.”

Charlotte Talks' Listeners Respond To This Week's Shootings

Jul 11, 2016
Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

Thursday night protesters took to the streets of uptown to protest the killings of two more African American men by police. These protests were peaceful... but in Dallas it turned tragic as snipers targeted police. On this week's news roundup, we talk about that and get local reaction. We open the phones today to hear from our community.

Gregory Knight
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Greg Knight was a finalist in a highly-respected piano competition. He's not a professional pianist. Knight is a software engineer from Morganton. The competition he performed so well in is this year’s Van Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition.