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4:45 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Outgoing CATS Executive Discusses New Job And Charlotte's Transit Future

Flowers
Credit www.charmeck.org

Charlotte Area Transit System CEO Carolyn Flowers will leave the job next month to go to work for the Federal Transit Administration in Washington, D.C. Flowers has headed Charlotte’s transit system for nearly four years.   President Obama appointed Flowers to the position within the U.S. Department of Transportation, where former Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx serves as secretary. WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Flowers about her new job, and the future of mass transit in Charlotte.


Local News
3:29 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Headline Roundup: Mecklenburg Unemployment Rate Down In October; More

Unemployment was down in Mecklenburg County for October. The county’s 5.6 percent jobless rate is seven tenths of a point lower than the month before. It’s down 1.8 percentage points from October of last year.

The North Carolina Commerce Department says unemployment fell in October in 99 of the state’s 100 counties. It remained the same in Graham County in the western part of the state. Graham county also has the highest jobless rate in North Carolina: 11.2 percent.  The statewide average unemployment rate in October was 5.5 percent. 

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Local News
1:20 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Panthers QB Cam Newton In Uptown Wreck

Cam Newton at scene of auto accident.
Credit Charlotte Observer Twitter

Updated at 3:34 p.m.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has two transverse fractures in his lower back, but no further injuries after a car accident this afternoon, according to the Carolina Panthers. 

CMPD says the two-car accident happened at about 12:30 p.m. on the South Church Street bridge uptown.

Newton and the driver of the other car were both taken to the hospital. CMPD says neither has life-threatening injuries. News photographs showed Newton’s truck on its side.

The Panthers issued the following statement:

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Local News
8:18 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Anti-Profiling Measure Does Not Take Shape At Charlotte Council Meeting

After the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both unarmed black men killed by police officers, Charlotte lawmakers are once again re-evaluating how police interact with the minority communities they serve. The city council met Monday evening to consider a possible anti-racial profiling law, but what it would actually do is undecided.


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Local News
3:44 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

NC Grows Its Pot Of Money Despite Losing Revenue

  North Carolina's main pot of money increased about 19 percent during the last fiscal year despite a decrease in revenues. That's according to the state controller's annual financial report released Monday.

You know how when revenues are down, a business can still turn a profit if it cuts expenses? That's basically what North Carolina did with its General Fund, the pot of money the state uses to pay for most of its programs.

For the fiscal year that ended in June, North Carolina's revenues came in about $450 million short of projections.

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Local News
11:37 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Headline Roundup: Charlotte City Council Considers Civil Rights/Racial Profiling Ordinance; More

Later today, the Charlotte City Council will hear information about a potential civil rights/racial profiling ordinance. The measure is sponsored by several groups including the NAACP, ActionNC and Democracy North Carolina. The ordinance, among other things, calls for a prohibition of profiling based on race, religion, what country a person is from and gender. The ordinance presentation is at 5:00 p.m. at the government center. Comments from the public will not be taken. 

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11:14 am
Mon December 8, 2014

The Gift Food Grinch, Revisited

Credit PudgePudgeCupcakes (https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/PudgePudgeCupcakes)

Gift food is rarely any sort of a gift, and sometimes barely qualifies as food,” a smug food writer once proclaimed, both on the radio and in print.

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Local News
6:02 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Some Day These Cockroaches May Save Your Life

A cyborg cockroach with its tiny backpack.
Michael Tomsic

To help rescue people in disaster settings, researchers at N.C. State are turning to one of nature's most resilient - and, let's face it, repulsive - creatures: cockroaches. The researchers are in the early stages of using what they call “cyborg cockroaches” to collect sound and gather data.

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Local News
6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Charlotte Studies Benefits, Drawbacks Of Pay-Per-Bag Trash Service

A WasteZero trash bag.
Credit WasteZero

There’s been a lot of trash talk in Charlotte recently. And no, we don’t mean college basketball. The city is studying pay-as-you-throw garbage service as a way to reduce the amount of trash we send to the landfill.


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Local News
9:56 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Protesters In Davidson, Durham Call For Justice

Students marched from Davidson College to Main Street, lying down in the midst of the Christmas in Davidson festival.
Credit Jonathan Cox/DavidsonNews.net

More than 125 Davidson College students and some faculty members staged a ‘die-in’ protest Saturday night, lying down in the middle of Main Street during the Christmas in Davidson festival. Our news partner DavidsonNews.net reports the students were calling for justice in recent incidents of violence and alleged police brutality against black people.

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