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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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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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10 Charlotte auto sales employees indicted
12:00 pm
Wed December 17, 2008

10 Charlotte auto sales employees indicted

Ten former employees of Harrelson car dealerships in Charlotte have been indicted for conspiracy to commit fraud. They allegedly fabricated income statements and falsified down payments to put customers in new cars they couldn't afford. Soon the customers would default on their loans.

U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert says the scam stuck lenders with more than a million dollars in losses from 1999 to 2005. An attorney for Harrelson Automotive Group - Pete Anderson - says the car sales company has cracked down on such practices.

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Groceries at a deep discount during this tough
12:00 pm
Wed December 17, 2008

Groceries at a deep discount during this tough economy

Filling boxes for Angel Food Ministries. hspace=4

At Nations Ford Community Church in Southwest Charlotte, volunteers stock groceries in a not so traditional way.

There are no shelves here. These men are filling cardboard boxes. Deacon Thomas Waters ticks off this month's menu.

He says, "For this month you have pork chops, frozen carrots, frozen string beans"

Waters is in charge of the local Angel Food program.

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Ombudsman Show
12:00 pm
Wed December 17, 2008

Ombudsman Show

Ombudsman Show
Join us for another edition of our Ombudsman show where you have the chance to have the ear of members of our leadership team. We'll talk about editorial protocol, news coverage, programming decisions and much more. We invite your calls, emails and blog comments.
If you ever wanted to know how your public radio station works, this is your chance.
GuestsRoger Sarow - President and General Manager, WFAE
Paul Stribling - Program Director, WFAE
Greg Collard - News Director, WFAE

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Duke Energy seeks weaker regs for coal-fired power
12:00 pm
Tue December 16, 2008

Duke Energy seeks weaker regs for coal-fired power plant; mercury limits wouldn't change

Correction/update appended
Duke Energy has applied for a new permit that would result in weaker regulations for its new coal-fired power plant under construction west of Charlotte.

Duke Energy spokesperson Marilyn Linebarger says the company now believes its Cliffside plant will emit far less pollution than original thought, because it uses cutting-edge technology.

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United Way looks to rebuild trust
12:00 pm
Tue December 16, 2008

United Way looks to rebuild trust

A report released this week details how a $2 million compensation package was approved for the former CEO of Charlotte's United Way. Agency officials hope the report is the gateway to recovering their credibility.

The United Way of Central Carolinas has a lot of work to do in rebuilding trust. Board Chairman Carlos Evans readily admits that. But he also believes they've made great strides in the months since the CEO pay scandal surfaced.

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United Way officials react to report on CEO pay
12:00 pm
Tue December 16, 2008

United Way officials react to report on CEO pay scandal

United Way Board Chairman Carlos Evans says nothing in the report surprised him. Rather, he says he's happy that it's now clear what went wrong and who was responsible. Specifically, he says the majority of the agency's 65 board members were never given details about the CEO compensation package.

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A Green Christmas
12:00 pm
Tue December 16, 2008

A Green Christmas

A Green Christmas
Many people are embracing a movement that introduces eco-friendly ways to celebrate the holidays. We'll learn about eco-friendly party and planning tips and much more. Everything from presents to the paper used to wrap them to the lights decorating your house is going green.

Guests
Erin Seiling - Asst. Director, Reese Institute, Lenoir Rhyne University
Rachel Sutherland - Style Editor, Charlotte Observer
Zem Joaquin - Founder and CEO, ecofabulous.com

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United Way board chairman reacts to report
12:00 pm
Tue December 16, 2008

United Way board chairman reacts to report

Bob Sink, chair of independent panel that investigated UW ex-CEO's compensation package. hspace=6

The chairman of the local United Way Board of Directors says he found no surprises in the new report describing how the nonprofit's ex-CEO ended up with a compensation package worth more than two-million dollars. Rather, Carlos Evans says the situation clearly happened because only a small number of board members were involved in approving the executive salary:

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