Charlotte Talks: Mike and the Mayor, 2020 RNC

Jul 18, 2018
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles joins Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins to discuss the bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention.
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Wednedsday, July 18, 2018

Mayor Vi Lyles’ efforts to bring the 2020 Republican National Convention to Charlotte took another step forward Monday when City Council voted 6 to 5 to approve the contracts.  We’ve heard from several members of council on both sides, both before and after the vote.  Now, we hear from the mayor. Vi Lyles discusses the 2020 RNC in a special Mike and the Mayor conversation.

SouthBound Radio Hour: Vol. 14

Jul 18, 2018

This week's SouthBound Radio Hour is a nod to our latest guest, novelist Tayari Jones, and her best-selling book "An American Marriage." Some of the tracks are mentioned or alluded to in the book; others are an attempt to match the mood.

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State and federal health officials want to test whether neighbors of a chemical company near Fayetteville are carrying little-understood industrial compounds in their bodies.

Social Media Outcry Continues After Council's RNC Vote

Jul 17, 2018
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Pressure was building on social media against the bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention before Monday’s vote with Democrats complaining there wasn’t enough debate about the bid ahead of time. That boiled over in last night’s council hearing and protests at the government center.

Police are investigating a shooting overnight in northwest Charlotte in which three teenagers were injured.

Mayor Vi Lyles speaks during Monday's special council meeting to vote on the city's bid for the Republican National Convention in 2020.
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After a debate that Mayor Vi Lyles called one of the most difficult of her career, a divided Charlotte City Council voted 6 to 5 Monday to support the city's bid to host the 2020 Republican National Convention. The council's endorsement comes as the Republican National Committee prepares to meet in Austin, Texas this week to choose between Charlotte and Las Vegas.

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

How is the relationship between Charlotte and Raleigh? Are we good? Charlotte is North Carolina's largest city, while Raleigh is the state capitol. Seems like tensions between the two have been simmering on and off for decades.

Former state Senator Malcolm Graham was among a number of Democrats that were voicing opposition to the bid for the Republican National Convention.
Cole del Charco / WFAE

Leaders of several Democratic groups predicted protests and other forms of unrest if Charlotte hosts the Republican National Convention in 2020. The groups held a press conference Monday in front of the Government Center to voice their opposition to the city's bid.

The Charlotte City Council heard from more than 130 people discussing their support or opposition for the Republican National Convention in 2020.
Jasmin Herrera / WFAE

The Charlotte City Council voted 6-5 in a show of support for the city’s bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention after a week of heated debate among council members over the merits of hosting the convention.

The National Football League and its players’ union continue to butt heads over players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. Wouldn’t it be impressive if on game days players and their team could present a united statement on liberty and justice for all – one everybody could stand up for? 

It can be done, and the Carolina Panthers are just the team to do it.