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4:00 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Week Traffic Overview

Credit James Willamor / Flickr

Low gas prices and an improving economy have contributed to the projected busiest holiday travel in six years.


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Local News
9:45 am
Tue November 25, 2014

How Charlotte's Historic West End Is Shaping The New South

Charlotte’s West End is the subject of a book called "Let There Be Light:  Exploring How Charlotte’s Historic West End is Shaping a New South.” It’s a collection of essays by local journalists, scholars, and civic leaders who explore the history and future of this largely African-American part of town just over I-77 from uptown. The book is a project of Johnson C. Smith University. Morning Edition host Marshall Terry visited school president Ronald Carter and asked him how this part of Charlotte is helping to shape the New South.


Local News
12:06 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

CMS Deputy Superintendent Addresses Concerns, Questions After Morrison's Departure

Ann Clark

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools board has come under heavy criticism for the way it's handled the departure of former Superintendent Heath Morrison. The board hasn't addressed the specific reasons it wanted Morrison to leave. Much of the information we do have comes from an internal report leaked to the Charlotte Observer. Acting Superintendent Ann Clark joined Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins to discuss these concerns and her goals moving forward. 

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Local News
11:50 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Headline Roundup: Richmond County Escapees Back In Custody; Moore Tapped To Replace Tillis; More

Two men who escaped from a minimum security prison in Richmond County are back in custody after nearly a week on the loose. 

Police arrested 22-year-old Frankie Noles Saturday afternoon near Marion. Twenty-year-old Jacob Pilkington was arrested the day before. North Carolina corrections officials say the two escaped by climbing out of a window and then jumping a fence.

Prison officials say both men entered prison in September and were serving short sentences for probation violations that had them scheduled for release next year. The two men now face felony escape charges. 

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WFAEats
10:07 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Brussels Sprouts: A Holiday Makeover

Stalks of Brussels sprouts.
Credit Amy Rogers

The woman muttered, “I can’t, I can’t,” as she backed away from the tasting counter at Trader Joe’s last week. Such is the loathing some people harbor toward Brussels sprouts.

The store was serving up samples of sprouts cooked with chèvre and cranberries. But the mild cheese and tangy fruit did nothing to reduce that poor woman’s revulsion. It was justified if she grew up having to eat boiled and mushy, stinky Brussels spouts.

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Local News
9:38 am
Mon November 24, 2014

NC Drastically Cuts Enforcement Of Top Water Pollutant

Sediment lost into a stream from a construction site.
Credit North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources

North Carolina has taken measures since the 1970s to control the top water contaminant in the state, the dirt that pours into rivers and lakes from human activity. But a review of state records reveals a sharp drop-off in enforcement over the past five years and a series of warnings to lawmakers that have gone unheeded.


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Sunday Headlines
9:29 am
Sun November 23, 2014

GOP Nominates Moore for House Speaker

Rep. Tim Moore

North Carolina Republican legislators have nominated a new House Speaker. State Representative Tim Moore of Kings Mountain, in Cleveland County, is in line to take over as the House leader after US Senator-elect Thom Tills steps down.   Republicans picked Moore from among six candidates during a meeting Saturday in Asheboro. 

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Local News
2:41 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Headline Roundup: NC Unemployment Down; 6 Vie For Tillis's Seat; More

North Carolina’s unemployment rate went down in October, dropping .4 percent from the previous month, to 6.3 percent. That compares to a 7.5 percent jobless rate in October of last year. The state Commerce Department says the number of people working increased by more than 17,000 between September and October. The number of North Carolinians counted as unemployed fell by about the same amount. 

In South Carolina, October unemployment edged up slightly to 6.7 percent. That’s the fourth monthly uptick in the state’s jobless rate.  

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Local News
2:29 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

NC Jobs Recovery Reaches Milestone

North Carolina has recovered the jobs it lost during the deep economic downturn,  according to the state Commerce Department's latest unemployment report. Here's some context:

The recession got started a little late in North Carolina – job growth continued until February 2008. That's the month when employment peaked. Then North Carolina crashed through 24 straight months – two years – of job losses.

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WFAE Talks
2:28 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

WFAE Talks: Political Tiffs And The Golden Nut

Credit WFAE

Commissioner Pat Cotham wants to head the Mecklenburg County Commission again one year after her colleagues ousted her from the role. She believes the election results show people want her in charge, although it appears unlikely to happen. Greg, Lisa, and Ben also discuss why CMS board Chairwoman Mary McCray went out of her way to make clear that only one member of the board wanted former Superintendent Heath Morrison to keep his job. Plus, the intense competition for what's called the Golden Nut Award.

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