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8:08 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Charlotte City Council Punts Back To Carlee On Budget

Ron Carlee
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Charlotte’s City Council appears no closer to a consensus on how to fill a hole in the city’s budget deeper than in any year of the recession. City Manager Ron Carlee has proposed a complex mix of expense cuts and fee increases. But a key part of his plan hinges on raising property taxes while lowering a garbage fee that homeowners pay—it’s a complex scheme that hasn’t gained traction with the city council. The council once again debated that and other parts of Carlee’s plan Monday for more than an hour without obvious progress. Mayor Dan Clodfelter called a halt.

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Local News
3:21 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Charlotte Police Chief Rodney Monroe To Retire

FILE PHOTO - Chief Rodney Monroe
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe will retire on July 1 after seven years on the job. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports Monroe became  known for his hands-on approach.


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Politics
1:49 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

NC Budget Process Kicks Into Gear In Raleigh

Today is the start of budget week in Raleigh.
Credit NC General Assembly

Later today, the House Finance Committee will begin debating their proposed 2016 state budget. And we now know some of the proposals the committee will consider.

Monday morning, the General Assembly posted an update to House Bill 97. At 42 pages, it is by no means complete. But it does have a number of provisions that illustrate where the House is going with this budget.

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Local News
1:17 am
Mon May 18, 2015

As Other Cities Protest, Charlotte Leaders Quietly Accept Terms Of I-77 Toll Lane Deal

Credit John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

While there has been a growing furor over the noncompete clause in the state’s contract to build toll lanes on Interstate 77, the city of Charlotte has stayed on the sidelines and hasn’t criticized the project.

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Local News
4:08 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Study Finds Teacher Prep Program Ratings Flawed

 A national organization that biennially rates teacher preparation programs across the country was itself evaluated by UNC Chapel Hill researchers. The outcome was not so good.

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WFAE Talks
3:49 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

WFAE Talks, Episode 52: Police Shooting Settlement And Looming Budget Decisions

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WFAE's Tom Bullock sits in for both Lisa Worf and Ben Bradford. Tom and News Director Greg Collard discuss the city of Charlotte's $2.25 million settlement with the family of Jonathan Ferrell. He died in September 2013 after police officer Randall Kerrick shot him 10 times. The settlement comes about 2 months before Kerrick goes to trial (July 20) on a voluntary manslaughter charge. Greg and Tom also discuss budget decisions that will soon be made at the local and state levels, plus a legislative attempt to redraw some local election districts.

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9:56 am
Fri May 15, 2015

NCOT Tells Towns It Won't Delay I-77 Toll Lane Project

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NCDOT officials say despite questions and requests for a delay from local officials in the Lake Norman area, they’ll proceed with the $655 million widening project and toll lanes for I-77 north of Charlotte.

The DOT noted that the project has been in the works for almost a decade and had won the support of local representatives on the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO).

In a statement Thursday, NC Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said the NCDOT won’t delay the project, saying it would improve transportation in the I-77 corridor.

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Local News
5:31 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Medicaid Gap Steers More Patients To Community Health Centers

From left: Nancy Hudson and other staff at Charlotte Community Health Clinic.
Credit Michael Tomsic

In Charlotte and across the country, there’s a growing need at community health centers. They treat patients regardless of their ability to pay. And the increased need is a surprising result to some clinic leaders, who thought the Affordable Care Act would mean fewer people needing charity care.

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Local News
4:17 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

NC Nursing Homes Rate Poorly

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North Carolina has some of the worst rated nursing homes in the country. A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation released Thursday shows the federal government gave more than 40 percent of the state's nursing homes one or two star ratings.

Nine nursing homes in the Charlotte area received the lowest possible rating, one star:

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Local News
3:35 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Latest Housing Built In Brightwalk Are 'Love Motels' For Insects

The St. Francis Satyr, an endangered butterfly in North Carolina, was the inspiration for this insect motel in Charlotte.
Credit Greg Lilly / Courtesy of The McColl Center

We hear a lot about the need for mixed-use neighborhoods in Charlotte. Well, we have a story about a new neighborhood that includes motels.They’re called Love Motels. And they’re full of bugs. It’s an example of public art intended to encourage urban ecology. 

Electrician Greg Lilly is usually working on houses when he visits a new neighborhood. Not butterflies. 

That’s right. Butterflies. Specifically, two car-sized white butterfly sculptures on your way into the new Brightwalk neighborhood, just north of Uptown.

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