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CMS anticipates tough budget for 09-10
12:00 pm
Fri December 19, 2008

CMS anticipates tough budget for 09-10

CMS Superintendent Peter Gorman. hspace=6

CMS was notified of these cuts a month ago. The district is in a position to better absorb much of these cutbacks because it had budgeted for 66 teaching positions that went unfilled. This was because CMS didn't have the growth it had forecast.

Now, CMS Superintendent Peter Gorman says the worry is next year.

"I just wanna be upfront with folks and say when you get to taking out that many millions of dollars, it's gonna be very, very difficult without having a direct impact on the classroom," he says.

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Police, FBI bust crime ring that broke into cars
12:00 pm
Fri December 19, 2008

Police, FBI bust crime ring that broke into cars

Mugshots of some suspected members of crime ring. hspace=6

A year-long investigation led to the arrest of more than a dozen members of a crime ring that police say broke into cars in nearly every neighborhood in Mecklenburg County.
Typically, car break-ins are hard to prosecute because the losses to each victim are relatively small and the stolen goods are difficult to track. But in the case of the crime ring busted this week, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Deputy Police Chief Harold Medlock says it wasn't the breaking-in that got them caught:

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Illumination: A Christmas Memory
12:00 pm
Fri December 19, 2008

Illumination: A Christmas Memory

More requests for help at battered women's shelter
12:00 pm
Fri December 19, 2008

More requests for help at battered women's shelter

More Requests for Help at Battered Women's Shelter
In the last two weeks three women in Mecklenburg County have been shot and killed. Police say their current and ex-boyfriends murdered them. In one case, a mother's teenage son was also killed.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say they're not seeing an increase in other domestic- violence-crimes. But the county's main hotline for battered women is getting more calls for help.

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Holiday lights remain bright
12:00 pm
Thu December 18, 2008

Holiday lights remain bright

The home of Jim and Sharon Smith on Sherwood Forest Drive in Charlotte, NC.

We recycle our trash and trade our light bulbs for more energy-efficient ones. We're getting better about turning out the lights when we leave home, too, because we know fifty percent of electricity comes from coal-fired plants that pump globe-warming pollution into the atmosphere.

Then comes December, when we festoon our homes and yards with lights and leave them blazing right into the New Year.

"Now that you say it like that, I kind of feel bad," says Jennifer Acacia.

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Holiday Movie Show
12:00 pm
Thu December 18, 2008

Holiday Movie Show

Holiday Movie Show
The movie guys are back to talk about the hits and misses for the holiday movie season. The season always brings with it some light comedies and fantasy flicks, but there are also some tearjerkers and epics in the stocking for this Christmas. We'll take a look at all of them.
GuestsLawrence Toppman - Film Critic, The Charlotte Observer
Matt Brunson - Film Critic, Creative Loafing
Sean O'Connell - Film Critic, Charlotte Weekly

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This Gift-Food Grinch has a change of heart
12:00 pm
Thu December 18, 2008

This Gift-Food Grinch has a change of heart

There comes a time in every food writer's life when she has to - please pardon the pun - eat her words. To make amends and put things right. And so, this holiday season, I am doing just that.

A while back in 2001, I climbed up on my radio soapbox and delivered an impassioned plea to boycott what I called "gift food."

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Mileage tax gains some speed
12:00 pm
Thu December 18, 2008

Mileage tax gains some speed

The idea of taxing drivers for the miles they travel is gaining momentum. A Mecklenburg County committee on transportation has now made the tax one of its recommendations for serious consideration. A statewide group on road funding, called the 21st Century Transportation Committee, recently did the same in a report to the General Assembly. Ned Curran is chairman of the Mecklenburg County Committee of 21.
He says the state needs to consider all of its options.

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New science test results not a shock to CMS
12:00 pm
Thu December 18, 2008

New science test results not a shock to CMS superintendent

The state added the science test starting last year.

At CMS just 48 percent of CMS fifth and eighth graders passed. Some composites showed pass rates in the single digits at schools with significant numbers of students on free and reduced lunch. At the same time schools with more affluent students had 70 percent or more passing.

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Commissioners vote to recruit for Crime Czar
12:00 pm
Wed December 17, 2008

Commissioners vote to recruit for Crime Czar

Mecklenburg County Commissioners have voted to re-open the search for a director to coordinate the workings of the criminal justice system.

Commissioners voted 5-to-4 last night to go ahead with recruiting a Justice Accountability Director. Vilma Leake was the lone Democrat to vote against the measure. A citizen task force put the job at the top of its list of recommendations aimed at making the criminal justice system more efficient.

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