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6:19 am
Wed May 6, 2015

NC Health Dept. Cautions Against Drinking From Wells Near Coal Ash

After a battery of tests on private drinking water wells near coal ash ponds around North Carolina, health officials have cautioned many residents against drinking from those wells. But officials are hesitant to draw a link between contaminants in the wells and the nearby coal ash ponds.


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Local News
5:22 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Charlotte Tosses Out 'Pay-As-You-Throw' Trash

A specially colored pay as you throw trash bag.
Credit WasteZero

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee Monday night recommended raising property taxes as part of his plan to make up for a large city budget gap. Carlee told City Council the bump of almost 2 cents per $100 of property value would bring in enough revenue to cover the cost of Charlotte’s residential trash service. So what does that mean for the “pay-as-you-throw” trash plan under deliberation last year? 


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Charlotte Observer
10:12 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Toll Contract Could Hinder New Free Lanes On Interstate 77

Some area officials were surprised that under the contract with i-77 Nombility Partners, the developer would likely collect dames if the state added two new general-purpose lanes from Exit 28 to Exit 36 at the lake.
John D. Simmons Charlotte Observer

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s contract with a private developer to build toll lanes on Interstate 77 includes a controversial noncompete clause that could hinder plans to build new free lanes on the highway for 50 years.

The clause has long been part of the proposed contract. But it was changed in late 2013 or early 2014 to also include two new free lanes around Lake Norman – an important $431 million project supported by local transportation planners.

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Local News
7:10 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Carlee Proposes Property Tax Raise, Service Cuts To Close Budget Gap

Ron Carlee
Credit charmeck.org

City Manager Ron Carlee has recommended the Charlotte City Council raise property taxes, as one part of a multi-faceted solution to deal with a budget gap larger than in any single year of the recession. But most homeowners would actually pay less, Carlee says.

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Local News
11:14 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Court Rules Public Meeting Prayers Discriminatory

Rowan County commissioners can no longer open public meetings with a prayer if it’s given by them. A federal court ruled the practice is discriminatory.

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Local News
4:21 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

CLT Airport Celebrates End Of Construction With...More Construction

Slogan of Charlotte Douglas's new 10 construction plan
Credit Courtesy of Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Monday, Charlotte Douglas International airport dedicated a new rental car facility and the new hourly parking deck. It marks the end of an eight-year, $1.5 billion construction and expansion project.

How did they celebrate? By announcing a new 10 year, $2.5 billion dollar expansion.

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Local News
9:30 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Exploring Charlotte's Little Sugar Creek

Olivia Edwards shows children a sample of caddisfly larvae, worms and leeches.
Mary Newsom

This weekend there were a couple of walks held in Charlotte to help residents pay attention to a particular part of their neighborhoods.  WFAE’s Sarah Delia checked out one of the walks that aimed to teach and show what exactly lives in our creeks. 


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Local News
9:21 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Expect 'Trash Talk', Service Cuts In Carlee's Proposed 2016 Budget

A handout from the Charlotte City Budget Workshop.
Credit Tom Bullock / WFAE

Despite a growing economy, the city of Charlotte is facing a $21.7 million budget gap. City leaders say it’s bigger than anything they dealt with during the great recession. Tonight, City Manager Ron Carlee will lay out his plan to fill that gap when he proposes his budget before the city council.

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Sunday Headlines
10:16 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Sun. Headlines: Comments Sought On Voter ID Rules

Credit VoterID.NC.gov

New rules to implement North Carolina’s 2013 Voter ID law are now up for public comment. The draft regulations from the State Board of Elections were released Friday, and will determine how precinct officials decide whether someone has the required photo identification to vote in person starting in 2016.  

Nine public hearings are planned across the state, beginning with a June 3 meeting in Raleigh. There’s a hearing June 8 from 5-7pm at the Hal Marshall auditorium in Charlotte and another in Boone on June 10. Written comments are due by June 30.  

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WFAE Talks
5:39 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

WFAE Talks: HBCUs, Fire Department Report, 'Outage Season'

Credit WFAE

Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and a report's findings on the Charlotte Fire Department. Plus, Ben talks about his visit to Duke Energy's coal-fired Marshall Steam Station.

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