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11:03 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Bill Would End ‘Protest’ Petitions, Limit Use Of Mug Shots

Cornelius Republican state Sen. Jeff Tarte

A bill originally designed to regulate car headlights has morphed into a 32-page measure that would affect cities, property owners and the media.

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5:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Rock Hill's Short-Lived Auto Manufacturer: The Anderson Motor Company

The 1921 Anderson on display at the Old Cotton Mill in downtown Rock Hill, S.C.
Credit Jim Stratakos / The Rock Hill Herald

It’s time for another stop Along the Great Wagon Road, WFAE’s series exploring the history of the Charlotte region with Tom Hanchett of the Levine Museum of the New South. In this installment, the story of a car company in an unexpected place.

In 1881, the first cotton mill opened in Rock Hill, South Carolina—the first in the state to be powered by steam. Over the next 15 years, the town’s population would grow more than seven times over. By the early 20th Century, that mill would have an unusual neighbor: the Anderson Motor Company.


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12:42 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

CMPD Police Major Discusses Reasons For Officer Body Cameras

Back in April, the Charlotte City Council voted to allow the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to purchase new body cameras for some of their police officers. While CMPD is still deciding exactly what types of body cams they want to buy, they are confident that the new equipment will help better serve both the public and police officers. This morning we were joined by CMPD Major Steve Willis to talk about the departments’ decision to start using these body cameras and how he sees them helping.

Listen to the interview.

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10:32 am
Wed June 18, 2014

County Budget And Referendum Pass Amidst Bickering

Board of County Commissioners
Credit charmeck.org

If there was a word of the night at yesterday’s Mecklenburg County Commissioners meeting, it would have been “teachers.” Not surprising since the board was set to approve its $1.3 billion budget, which includes more money for schools and a referendum for this November that would add money for teacher pay. The meeting turned terse and politically divisive and even had a bit of a budgetary surprise.

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10:28 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Cabarrus County Unexpectedly Cuts $3 Million From Budget

The Cabarrus County Commission unexpectedly made $3 million in cuts to the county budget Monday night. The cuts eliminate several jobs and all county funding for an economic development agency.


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6:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Union County, School Board Finally Agree With Some Help

Union County and its school board have tentatively agreed on a budget this year.  That may not seem like a big deal, but last year a budget dispute between the two led to a court battle.  A new local law may have helped them reach consensus faster. 


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10:13 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

NC - SC Border Highlights Jobs Competition

South Carolina scored some notable victories this week in the competition for new jobs in the Charlotte region. Three companies announced plans to bring a combined total of at least 3,900 new jobs to York and Chester counties. Two of those expansions involve relocating jobs that are currently based in Charlotte.   John Lassiter, a former Charlotte City Council member who now chairs the North Carolina Economic Development Board, talks to WFAE's Mark Rumsey about the challenges in competing with the incentives that South Carolina can offer.


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5:17 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Airport 'Clarity' Bill Passes Legislature

Credit Nicola since 1972 / Flickr

The state legislature has successfully passed another effort to wrest Charlotte Douglas airport from City Council control.


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5:50 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

NC Senate Considers Coal Ash As Regulators Find More Leaks

The Dan River coal ash pond spilled at least 30,000 tons of ash in February.
Credit Duke Energy

The state has cited Duke for 11 leaks at the Riverbend, Allen, Marshall, Cliffside, and Buck plants. Bridget Munger, spokeswoman for the state Division of Dam Safety, says they range in size and significance.


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4:18 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Thousands Of Jobs Announced In Fort Mill And Chester County

Thousands of jobs were announced today in Fort Mill and Chester County.  Two of the three announcements involve companies moving from Charlotte to Fort Mill.  Independent broker LPL Financial says it plans to build a regional headquarters in Fort Mill.  The company will move about a 1,000 employees to the new location and says it plans to increase employment in Fort Mill to 3,000.  Also moving to Fort Mill is The Lash Group, a healthcare services provider.  That move is supposed to bring 2,400 jobs to York County over the next several years. Half of those positions are expected to be new. And Singapore tire maker Giti says it’s building its first North American plant in Chester County.  The company says it will create 1,700 jobs over the next decade as part of that expansion.

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