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The Party Line
5:41 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Unified Statehouse Is Clearly Divided

Michael Bitzer

The past few days have testified to the old political saying: there are two things you never want to watch being made — sausage and laws. 

And in the attempts to pass a readjusted state budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, the North Carolina General Assembly has also played into another old saying: Actions speak louder than words.

In trying to resolve their fundamental differences on the $21 billion state budget, the state House and Senate formed what is often referred to as the “third chamber” of legislatures: A conference committee.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Governor McCrory Says Politicians Should Leave Charlotte Airport Alone

Earlier this year the state legislature passed a law to force Charlotte to transfer control of the airport to an independent authority. On Monday, Governor Pat McCrory waded into the issue. In an interview with Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins, McCrory said the airport should be run like a business – by the private sector.

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Local News
9:33 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Charlotte Officials Try To Put Up A Sign

The signs in question.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

How many people does it take to put up a sign? In Charlotte, the answer is a city councilman, the city manager, and a multi-departmental government task force.

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Local News
8:34 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Teaching Farmers How To Farm In Concord

Joe Rowland joined Lomax as a farmer-in-training in 2010. He now owns an 18-acre poultry and produce farm in Gold Hill.
Tasnim Shamma

Say you want to become a farmer. If you didn't grow up on a farm, where do you start? In Cabarrus County, you can go to farm school.

The Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm was launched in 2009 to give first-generation farmers an opportunity to learn the trade.

And earlier this month, it was the subject of a funding controversy that led to the organic farm being shut down for a week in the middle of the growing season.

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Local News
2:17 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

World Cup Fandom Hurts GDP Growth, UNCC Economist Finds

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Two soccer powerhouses, Germany and Argentina, will compete this weekend in the World Cup final. The tournament is the most watched sporting event on Earth, but that passion may have negative economic ramifications, a UNC-Charlotte economist has found.

  

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Local News
9:47 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Charlotte Organist Wins National Improv Competition

Organist Patrick Scott
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Charlotte organist Patrick Scott won the 2014 National Competition in Organ Improvisation, held June 26 in Boston. In addition to the competition's $3,000 first prize, Scott took the audience prize, which earned him an additional $1,500. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen profiled Scott earlier this year.

When you think of a church pipe organ, Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" probably isn't the first thing to come to mind. But when organists give recitals, sometimes, they cut loose by improvising. Some take it further, actually playing in improvising competitions.

 


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Local News
4:51 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Wells Fargo Diversifies To Offset Decline In Home Lending

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Wells Fargo’s profits were up for the second quarter. The bank is reporting net income of $5.73 billion. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports the company is trying to diversify in order to make up for a decline in its mortgage business.


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WFAE Talks
3:47 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

WFAE Talks: Voting Law Lawsuit, Republican Infighting At Statehouse, Heritage USA

WFAE Talks is back after a brief mid-summer hiatus. This week, reporter Michael Tomsic joins Greg Collard and Ben Bradford. Michael spent the week in Winston-Salem covering hearings in federal court over the Justice Department's challenge to North Carolina's voting law. The Justice Department and other groups want a federal judge to block parts of the law from taking effect in the upcoming general election.

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Authentic South
1:18 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Chef Vivian Howard

Credit Tanner Latham

Vivian Howard is the chef at Chef and the Farmer in the small Eastern North Carolina town of Kinston. She also "co-stars" with her husband Ben Knight on their Peabody Award-winning PBS show “A Chef’s Life.”

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Local News
10:53 am
Fri July 11, 2014

York County vs Evangelicals: The Battle Over 'Heritage USA' Ruins

The Heritage Tower, one of the few lasting symbols of the religious theme park built by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker in 1980s, still stands unfinished in Fort Mill, SC.
Credit IllicitOhio.com

If you’ve been in the area long enough, you’ll remember Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, the televangelists who built a sprawling religious theme park in Fort Mill in the 1980s. A scandal led to the park closing its doors. Now, a new evangelical ministry is hoping to restore parts of the old theme park, but as WFAE’s Nick de la Canal reports, there’s a fear that history may repeat itself.


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