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Charlotte Observer
10:06 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Levine Museum Makes History With LGBT Exhibit

Barbara Lau, foreground, curator of the Pauli Murray exhibit, along with Rebekah Miel, designer of the Pauli Murray exhibit, arrange placards that date the life of Pauli Murray, a North Carolina gay activist who was the nation’s first female African-American Episcopal priest. Levine Museum of the New South’s staff and exhibitors are preparing items for the “LGBTQ Perspectives on Equality” exhibit that opens to the public July 25.
Credit T. Ortega Gains / Charlotte Observer

The Levine Museum of the New South is unveiling a historical exhibit Friday that is in itself historic.

Called “LGBTQ Perspectives on Equality,” the show is a combination of exhibits that tell the history of Charlotte’s gay and transgender community, including the largely forgotten stories of average Charlotteans who made that history happen. The show then puts their stories in context of the national gay civil rights movement.

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Local News
9:35 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Sealed Air Corporation Bringing 1,262 Jobs (And Bubble Wrap) To Charlotte

Governor Pat McCrory shares a laugh with Sealed Air CEO Jerome Peribere.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The company behind Bubble Wrap is popping in nearly 1,300 jobs in Charlotte. Sealed Air Corporation announced Wednesday it's moving its headquarters here from New Jersey. The Fortune 500 company could eventually get more than $41 million in state and local incentives.

Before the announcement, Charlotte Chamber employees put strips of Bubble Wrap under everyone's seats.

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Arts & Life
6:03 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Jerry McJunkins: Charlotte's Courtroom Sketch Artist

Jerry McJunkins at his studio in Plaza Midwood.
Tasnim Shamma

For nearly three decades, Jerry McJunkins has been sitting inside courtrooms in Charlotte, moving his hands quickly over a large white posterboard with his colored pencils and pastels.

He's a professional courtroom sketch artist – perhaps the only one in Charlotte.


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Local News
4:04 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Group Readies For Arrival Of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

Since October, an estimated 57,000 unaccompanied minors have entered the country. The Border Patrol estimates that number could reach 90,000 by the end of September, although the number of daily arrivals is starting to slow.

As debate continues in Washington over how to deal with this surge, the Latin American Coalition is busy making plans to help kids they expect to eventually end up in the Charlotte area.

WFAE’s Marshall Terry spoke to the Coalition’s Armando Bellmas. Here's their conversation.

Politics
3:37 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Sales Tax Cap Passes Key Senate Vote

Credit NC General Assembly

After a contentious debate on the Senate floor earlier today, a bill capping county sales tax passed 33 to 16. Joining Mark Rumsey to talk about the bill and the implications for Mecklenburg County is WFAE’s Tom Bullock.


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The Party Line
1:54 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Republican Legislators Can Afford To Be Stubborn

I recently spoke to WFAE’s Tom Bullock for a story about the state budget impasse and its likely culprits - political safe districts.

As a political scientist, I always have to think of different factors that may explain what happens in politics, which makes my job that much more fun, or frustrating, depending on what we’re trying to understand and explain.

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Arts & Life
1:18 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

There And Back: Reed Gold Mine

A Pan-O-lympics participant at The Reed Gold Mine finishes the speed panning event in style.
Tasnim Shamma

(Originally aired 6/22/13) Our summer travel series takes us to a local treasure: a state historic site in Midland that marks the first documented discovery of gold in the United States.


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Local News
9:13 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Asbestos Claimants Fire Back As Charlotte Bankruptcy Case Draws National Attention

Federal courthouse in uptown Charlotte.
Credit www.ncwd.uscourts.gov

Back in January, a federal judge in Charlotte issued what some have called a watershed decision in the murky world of asbestos litigation. The judge laid out how lawyers for asbestos plaintiffs withheld evidence and misled courts in old cases against a gasket manufacturer called Garlock. Since that decision, Garlock's bankruptcy case has drawn the attention of federal lawmakers, large auto companies, and health insurers.

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Politics
9:46 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Are Safe Political Seats Behind The Budget Impasse?

North Carolina counties by party representation in state Senate.

Imagine the nasty notes you’d receive if you were four weeks late on your rent or mortgage.

If a pregnancy went four weeks long doctors would induce labor.

But if you’re a lawmaker, or a whole group of them in Raleigh, and your budget is four weeks late as of today, well…

So what is taking the pressure off lawmakers to get a budget deal done?

Unless you’ve spent your summer on a desert island with a volleyball named Wilson you know the issues holding up the budget are teacher pay, teaching assistants and Medicaid payments.

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Local News
9:35 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Senate Changes County Sales Tax Bill; Still Kills Meck County Vote

On Monday night the Senate Finance Committee debated county sales taxes again.

That bill was changed but not in a way that would keep a planned Mecklenburg county vote alive.

Generally, if you buy something in Mecklenburg county, you currently pay 7.25 percent in sales tax. The majority of that tax goes to the state, but 2.5 percent goes to the county.

The original senate proposal capped the sales tax rate every county could charge at 2.5 percent. That original senate plan passed the finance committee unanimously last Wednesday.

So what was the big change?  It comes down to two words: either, or.

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