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Governor wants spending cut scenarios
12:00 pm
Thu December 11, 2008

Governor wants spending cut scenarios

Easley is asking all state agencies to come up with plans to trim 3, 5, and 7-percent from their budgets for next year. State Budget Director Charles Perusse expects state revenue to grow next year, but not by much. "We may be looking at revenue growth in the 1.8 to 2.5 percent range, but historically we've grown about 6 percent," estimates Perusse.

He says the spending plans will give Governor-elect Bev Perdue a head start on putting together a balanced budget.

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CMS now accepting applications for highly
12:00 pm
Thu December 11, 2008

CMS now accepting applications for highly competitive principal training

CMS has forged a partnership with the organization "New Leaders for New Schools." The group specializes in training current and former educators to work in low-performing schools. Some candidates have backgrounds in the private sector, the military and other areas.

"New Leaders" has partnerships with nine other districts including Chicago, New York and Washington DC. The goal is to have 100-percent of students on grade level, during a newly trained principal's first five years.

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What next for the Episcopal Church?
12:00 pm
Thu December 11, 2008

What next for the Episcopal Church?

The next few months will be crucial for the new, conservative denomination formed last week. They hope to gain the blessing of their spiritual leader, the Archbishop of Canterbury, but the request is highly unusual.

"That would be unprecedented, for two churches in the same geographical region - not in communion with each other - to be in communion with Canterbury," explains The Reverend Jo Bailey Wells, director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School.

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Unity despite tensions in Charlotte's Episcopal
12:00 pm
Thu December 11, 2008

Unity despite tensions in Charlotte's Episcopal community

Economic Forecast
12:00 pm
Wed December 10, 2008

Economic Forecast

Economic Forecast
Each quarter, The North Carolina Economic Forecast predicts where our state's economy is headed. Forecast director John Connaughton predicted last quarter that our economy would grow by 1.7%. Was he right? And is he as optimistic about our economy as he has been through 2008? We'll find out.
GuestDr. John Connaughton - Director, UNC Charlotte Economic Forecast

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NoDaRioty provides free showcase for artists
12:00 pm
Wed December 10, 2008

NoDaRioty provides free showcase for artists

Tonight in Charlotte's NoDa neighborhood, more than 100 artists will have a free place to showcase their work for a few hours. The grassroots organization known as NoDaRioty is sponsoring the event, designed to support local artists at a time when many of them are feeling the effects of the economic recession. WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with NoDaRioty founder Shannon Haringx.

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The NASCAR life cycle: Living the dream to looking
12:00 pm
Wed December 10, 2008

The NASCAR life cycle: Living the dream to looking for work

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Reasons to embrace poetry year round
12:00 pm
Tue December 9, 2008

Reasons to embrace poetry year round

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Economic rebound forecast for spring
12:00 pm
Tue December 9, 2008

Economic rebound forecast for spring

The current U.S. recession has already gone on longer than either of the last two recessions in 1991 and 2001.

But UNC Charlotte Economist John Connaughton says North Carolina appears to be weathering the downturn better than most, even with the current seven-percent unemployment rate.

However, Connaughton predicts there will be more jobs lost in 2009.

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Open Phones
12:00 pm
Tue December 9, 2008

Open Phones

Open Phones
Join us for the last edition of Open Phones for 2008. Call in, email, or blog with your comments about the issues that are most important to you- whether you want to discuss the economy and how your holiday spending is affected, how the Panthers did during Monday Night Football, or the auto industry bailout. Whatever the topic, we want to hear what you think.
Call: 704.926.9323 or 800.603.9323
Email: charlottetalks@wfae.org Blog: Charlotte Blogs

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