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10:57 am
Fri April 10, 2015

UNC Charlotte Pops Up Mobile Arts Unit

Carlos Cruz and Jose Gamez.
Meg Whalen

A new venue for the arts is popping up this week in Charlotte. Unlike most theaters or performance halls this particular space will be on the go. 

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Local News
12:02 am
Fri April 10, 2015

The State's Domain, Part 2: North Carolina's Map Act

NCDOT sign along a protected corridor
Courtesy of Matthew Bryant

Eminent domain is one of the most powerful tools of government. It allows state and local governments to force the sale of private land for anything deemed of public use or benefit. In return, however, the state is required to pay just compensation.

North Carolina is one of 13 states that allow its Department of Transportation to effectively control private property that may be turned into a road. This means that just compensation may take years, or in some cases, decades. Part 2 of our series, The State's Domain, examines what's known as the Map Act.

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Local News
4:46 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

A New Payment Model For Knee Replacements (And Potentially A Lot More)

Credit Alan Cleaver / Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

In the Charlotte area, BlueCross BlueShield and Novant Health are setting up a new payment program for knee replacements that they say will save patients money. It's called a bundled payment program, and you could be hearing that phrase a lot more in the future.

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Local News
2:30 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Knights Open Second Season In Uptown Stadium

Opening night of 2014 season.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte Knights opened their new season Thursday night at home against the Norfolk Tides. This is the team's second season in BB&T Ballpark, where the Knights relocated last year from their former home in Fort Mill. In 2014,  the Triple-A Knights led the minor leagues in season attendance. An average of about 9,700 fans attended each of 71 home games. The team hopes to attract big crowds to BB&T Ballpark again this season. WFAE's Mark Rumsey discussed the outlook for that with Erik Spanberg, who covers the Knights for the Charlotte Business Journal.   

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Local News
1:00 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

D.A. Clears CMPD Officer In Fatal Shooting

The shooting happened in the townhouse on the left in Dillehay Courts in north Charlotte.
Credit Mark Hames / The Charlotte Observer

A CMPD officer who shot and killed a woman in February will not face criminal charges.  

Two police officers were called to a north Charlotte apartment on the night of February 18th, to investigate a domestic dispute involving 20-year old Janisha Fonville. Before police entered the apartment her girlfriend Korneisha Banks told the officers Fonville was mentally ill, had a knife, and might hurt herself.  

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Charlotte Observer
12:23 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Coming Home: After 45 Years, Family Will Finally Say Goodbye To Fallen Soldier

Wanda Hanley, the sisiter of Bunyan Price, with photos of her brother, whose remains were recently indentified in Cambodia.
Davie Hinshaw

In Wanda Hanley’s west Charlotte kitchen hangs a small wall calendar. For 40 days, Hanley has crossed out each box. On Thursday, April 9, she’s written a note to herself: “Coming Home, Jr.”

The last time she saw her brother Bunyan Price Jr., was in 1969. Price, raised in Monroe and Belmont, was 19 then and home on leave from the Army after basic training at Fort Bragg. He was scheduled to fly out of the country that night.

The Vietnam War was still dividing the country. Junior never told his family he was being sent, his sister said.

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Local News
8:59 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Council Considers Trims And Taxes To Fill Budget Hole

Charlotte’s City Council is looking at ways to fill a gaping hole in the budget. Last night, city manager Ron Carlee presented options from trims to tax raises.

City leaders have said the upcoming budget hole is worse than any single year of the recession. But instead of a flailing economy, it’s due to state tax changes and Mecklenburg County’s property tax revaluation redo.

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Local News
5:34 am
Thu April 9, 2015

The State's Domain, Part 1: A Buyer's Market

Signs for I-85 near Rennea Wilmot's home.
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

A standard real estate deal is based on a simple principle. A willing buyer and a willing seller agree on what both sides see as a fair price.

But there are situations where a buyer can force the sale of property and control almost every step of the purchase. These cases pit private property owners against the state. It's what’s known as eminent domain. 

In The State's Domain, WFAE’s Tom Bullock examines how eminent domain is being used in North Carolina, and the debate those practices have stirred in Raleigh. It's a two-part series. Part one is called The Buyer's Market.

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CAJA
10:26 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Old-time Appalachian Band A Weekly Fixture In Hospital Lobby

The Local Tomatoes gather Saturday mornings in the lobby of Presbyterian Medical Center to play old-time Appalachian music.
Greg Lacour

Sisters Trish Bowen and Maureen King recently spent their Friday night and Saturday morning at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. Their 87-year-old mother had fallen and cut her head.

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Local News
10:06 am
Wed April 8, 2015

NC Court Of Appeals Sides With Union County In Budget Dispute With Schools

The Union County Courthouse where the two month trial took place.
Credit Jimmy Wayne / Flickr

Union County no longer has to pay its school system $91 million. In 2013, that’s what a jury said the county owed the district for years of under funding. The North Carolina Court of Appeals Tuesday granted a new trial. 


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