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CMS board lowers graduation requirements
12:00 pm
Tue December 9, 2008

CMS board lowers graduation requirements

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board Tuesday night made it easier to graduate from high school. The board voted 5-2 to require students to pass 24 courses, beginning with next year's freshman class. The standard had been 28 courses.
CMS now has the lowest across-the-board graduation requirements among North Carolina schools in the Charlotte area. Every other district requires 27 or 28 courses. (View different requirements here)

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SC gov proposes tax cuts, despite budget shortage
12:00 pm
Tue December 9, 2008

SC gov proposes tax cuts, despite budget shortage

CMS Board set to pick district 3 replacement
12:00 pm
Tue December 9, 2008

CMS Board set to pick district 3 replacement tonight

CMS board member Trent Merchant hspace=2

The CMS board is technically a non-partisan body. But Democrats have held a majority and the chairmanship for numerous years. The board currently has two vacancies left open by two Democrats who represented predominantly African American and Democratic districts.

Now, there are three Republicans, three Democrats and one unaffiliated member, Trent Merchant.

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Proposed CMS graduation requirements would be
12:00 pm
Tue December 9, 2008

Proposed CMS graduation requirements would be area's lowest

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system stood out last year when the state released the high school dropout rate for every school district.

The dropout rate for CMS increased by 45 percent, from about 1,700 students to more than 2,500.

Now, CMS is on the verge of being the only district in the area that requires just 24 courses to graduate. Every other district requires 27 or 28 courses. (View different requirements here)

"We're just really trying to give greater options to our students," says CMS Associate Superintendent Ann Clark.

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BofA taking heat for financing decision in Chicago
12:00 pm
Mon December 8, 2008

BofA taking heat for financing decision in Chicago

Bank of America is getting backlash from its decision to end a line of credit for a Chicago company. Critics say the Charlotte-based bank should be required to keep financing struggling businesses because it received federal bailout money.

Officials at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago say they were forced to close down and lay off more than 200 employees last week because Bank of America cancelled the company's financing. The laid-off workers have been sitting-in at the factory since Friday to demand severance and vacation pay.

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Talking with Your Healthcare Provider
12:00 pm
Mon December 8, 2008

Talking with Your Healthcare Provider

Talking with Your Healthcare Provider
Guest host Chris Clackum is back in the studio for a conversation about how to talk with your healthcare provider. Your questions and comments are welcome in the discussion to discover the best way to communicate with your doctor so that you can get the best possible care.

GuestCynthia King - Nursing Professor at Queens University of Charlotte and
Co-author, 100 Questions & Answers about Communicating with Your Healthcare Provider

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City considers funding to give homeless families
12:00 pm
Mon December 8, 2008

City considers funding to give homeless families six-month housing

With Charlotte's homeless population hitting record numbers, the local nonprofits and city officials are on the verge of offering more stable housing to families without homes.

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Boosting recycling with the help of corporate
12:00 pm
Mon December 8, 2008

Boosting recycling with the help of corporate sponsors?

A Charlotte City Council Committee is considering an incentives program to drive up recycling sponsored by the Coca Cola Bottling Company and Harris Teeter.

Here's the plan: Each household in Charlotte would receive a Coke sticker and information on how to properly recycle. Every week canvassers would look for recycling bins with a sticker on them and the right types of plastic, glass and paper. The chosen ten would each receive a $50 gift certificate to Harris Teeter.

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Much is on the line for Panthers tonight
12:00 pm
Mon December 8, 2008

Much is on the line for Panthers tonight

WFAE's Scott Graf talks to Charlotte Observer sports columnist Scott Fowler about the Carolina Panthers' season and what's at stake in tonight's game against Tampa Bay.

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NFL tries to send strong message in fining players
12:00 pm
Mon December 8, 2008

NFL tries to send strong message in fining players for rough play

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