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11:02 am
Wed April 2, 2014

MeckLINK Saga Ends, Cardinal Takes Over County Mental Health

Stephaney Gaddy works with a 33-year-old with developmental disabilities at the Arc of Mecklenburg County.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

As of today, the Mecklenburg County government no longer oversees mental health, substance abuse, or disability services for the county. MeckLINK—the organization it built to handle those services—closed today, as the larger, outside agency Cardinal Innovations takes over. MeckLINK operated for little over a year, but that tenure spurred fights with state lawmakers for control, cost the county millions of dollars, and contributed to the fall of two top county officials.


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Politics
9:10 am
Wed April 2, 2014

B-Roll Footage Blurs Lines Between Campaigns And Interest Groups

Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Many of the political ads you see and hear are produced by independent third-party interest groups. They are called “independent” because it’s illegal for these groups and candidates to coordinate their campaigns.

But this year it’s harder to distinguish between these groups and some candidates in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate Race.

This year the campaigns of Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan are pushing the boundaries of election law.


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Local News
3:12 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

How 'Legislative Immunity' Fits Into NC Voting Lawsuits

Credit Denise Cross Photography

Last week a federal judge ruled that some North Carolina lawmakers will have to release emails they exchanged with lobbyists as they were working on the state's sweeping new election law. The judge's order addresses a key question in the lawsuits brought by the U.S. Justice Department and others against the state: How far does the concept of legislative immunity go?

WFAE's Mark Rumsey and Michael Tomsic explain a federal judge's ruling on legislative immunity in the N.C. voting lawsuits.

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Local News
2:50 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Archaeologists Race Against Clock To Unearth Civil War's 'Camp Asylum'

One of the holes Union officers dug for shelter.
Credit James Legg

Archaeological work requires a lot of patience. Move too fast or dig too much, and you can destroy the precious artifacts you are trying to find. In Columbia, South Carolina, archaeologists are up against a deadline and must move quickly in an effort to excavate a 150 year old Civil War POW camp.

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Charlotte Observer
10:42 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Charlotte Taxicab Owners Say Man Sought Cash For Former Mayor Patrick Cannon

Former Mayor Patrick Cannon
Credit Tasnim Shamma

For three years, taxi companies that lost access to Charlotte Douglas International Airport have said the public selection process was rigged. 

Now, in the wake of former Mayor Patrick Cannon’s arrest last week on corruption charges, two owners of cab companies have told the Observer they were offered a chance to buy their way back into the airport.One cab company owner said he was approached in 2011 by a man who called himself an associate of Cannon with a proposition: Give me $10,000 in cash for Cannon’s campaign and reclaim your business at Charlotte Douglas. A second taxicab owner recounted a similar story about being approached by the man, who solicited $10,000 for City Council members, including Cannon, in exchange for airport business.

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Politics
7:15 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

City Council Will Choose New Mayor April 7

Charlotte city council members held hands on Monday night while Councilman Al Austin read a prayer for the city before the meeting.
Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte’s city council met Monday night for the first time since the arrest and resignation of former mayor Patrick Cannon. In less than 20 minutes, the council agreed to hold off on appointing a new mayor for one week. WFAE’s Ben Bradford breaks down the jockeying that will take place in the meantime.  


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Local News
9:36 am
Mon March 31, 2014

In Charlotte, U.S. Sets Canoe/Kayak Team With Fast Races And 'A Lot Of Fun'

Fans and coaches look on during a race for a spot at the World Championships
Michael Tomsic

The Canoe Slalom World Championships are in Maryland this September. The members of the U.S. national team who will compete in those championships were determined over the weekend in Charlotte at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.


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Local News
6:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Charlotte's Next Mayor On Tonight's Council Agenda

Tonight, Charlotte City Council may have an answer to this question – who is the next mayor of Charlotte?

But no matter what happens at tonight's meeting, Council will undoubtedly try to reassure the public the city is moving on from former mayor Patrick Cannon.


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Sunday Headlines
11:08 am
Sun March 30, 2014

S.C. Gov. Haley, senators face election challenges

The filing deadline for state and federal candidates running in this year's elections in South Carolina is at noon today. It's already clear that incumbents will face primary challengers.  Governor Nikki Haley is again being opposed by state Sen. Vincent Sheheen in a repeat of the 2010 gubernatorial race. Six Republicans, a Democrat and a Libertarian have filed to oppose U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, while a Republican and two Democrats have entered the race against U.S. Senator Tim Scott, who has never run in a statewide election.

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Local News
9:22 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

BMW Plans To Hire 800 At Its Spartanburg Plant

BMW expects its Spartanburg plant to become its highest-producing plant by the end of 2016.
Credit Ken Lund / Flickr/http://bit.ly/1h42CBy

The BMW plant in Spartanburg is expanding yet again.  The company announced plans Friday to add 800 jobs to the facility over the next two years.  That will bring BMW’s total workforce there to 8,800.  

Twenty years ago BMW opened the plant in Spartanburg with 500 workers.  The company said its location between the Port of Charleston and I-85 made it ideal, plus South Carolina offers good technical training.  

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