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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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Local News
4:52 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Pollen Season Peaking

Pollen floats on a Charlotte pond.
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

People are sneezing, coughing and speaking with nasal accents all over the city. Not unusual for this time of year when trees and flowers are in bloom and the pollen is high. But is it worse this year?

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Local News
3:18 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Headline Roundup: NC Court Of Appeals Orders New Trial In Union Co. School Funding Case; More

The North Carolina Court of Appeals this morning ordered a new trial in the dispute over funding for the Union County School District. The Charlotte Observer reports a three-judge panel unanimously sided with County Commissioners, ruling that the trial court should not have allowed evidence for more than one budget year. That court awarded the school district $91 million in 2013, of which only $5 million covered operating expenses.

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Local News
11:19 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Solar Industry, Advocates Divided Over Rooftop Solar Bill

Credit Elliot Brown / Flickr

North Carolina put more solar power online last year than any state other than California. But companies or homeowners wanting to put solar panels on their roofs face major restrictions. State lawmakers have introduced a bill to change that. It’s drawing opposition from Duke Energy, but also dividing solar advocates.


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Local News
9:48 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Some NC Voting Changes Back On Hold (For Now)

Credit Flickr/AndyCarvin

Two parts of North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul are now back on hold. But the change likely doesn't mean much because there are no elections between now and the full trial on the overhaul.

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Local News
6:11 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Bojangles To Take Company Public

Bojangles CEO Clifton Rutledge speaks at the opening of the company's 600th restaurant. The company has filed paperwork for an initial public stock offering.
Credit Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Charlotte-based fast-food chain Bojangles’ on Monday said it has filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public stock offering.

The amount of shares to be offered and the price range have not yet been determined, the company said. The stock would be listed on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “BOJA.”

Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Jefferies are among the banks leading the IPO. The offering is expected to consist of common stock to be sold by certain Bojangles’ stockholders.

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Local News
10:01 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Local Man Joins Fight Against Iran Over 1983 Beirut Bombing

John Kees of Fort Mill reads letters his father Marion Kees wrote from Beirut. Kees' father, a Navy medic, was killed in the 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut.
Credit Gwendolyn Glenn/WFAE

It’s been nearly 32 years since 241 U.S. military personnel were killed in a terrorist bomb attack on the Marine Corps barracks at Beirut International Airport. Fifty-eight members of the French military also died that day in a separate explosion.

A U.S. federal court found Iran responsible, and more than $2 billion in Iranian assets have been frozen for years.

It’s been a long court battle for bombing victims and family members to collect any of that money. A resident of Fort Mill whose father died in the Marine barracks explosion recently joined that fight. 

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Sunday Headlines
11:55 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Sun. Headlines: Duke-Wisconsin in Final

It will be Duke vs. Wisconsin in college basketball’s Division I championship game Monday night in Indianapolis. Duke beat Michigan State, 81 to 61, in last night's first semifinal. And Wisconsin made the final by handing Kentucky its first defeat of the season, 71 to 64. Both teams were ranked No. 1 in their regions.

Duke is looking for its fifth national championship and the blue devils will be playing at a venue where they've found past success. They won two of those national titles, in 1991 and 2010, in Indianapolis. Monday’s game tips off at 9:18pm

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