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Business leaders to Perdue: No new taxes
12:00 pm
Tue November 25, 2008

Business leaders to Perdue: No new taxes

Charlotte-area business leaders on Tuesday gave Governor-elect Bev Perdue their opinions on how to improve the economy and warned against hiking taxes to shore up a budget deficit.
The meeting included some heavy-hitters. Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers and Charlotte Bobcats owner Bob Johnson were among them.
The group asked Perdue to appoint people with business know-how to top positions and urged her not to raise any taxes.

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Council approves taco truck restrictions, curfew
12:00 pm
Tue November 25, 2008

Council approves taco truck restrictions, curfew

Despite a year of appeals to the City Council, taco trucks will not be allowed to stay open past 9 p.m. in Charlotte.
The council vote was unanimous in support of keeping the 9 p.m. curfew for the trucks and requiring them to stay 400 feet from each other and residential areas.
Councilman John Lassiter cited the need to balance the concerns of truck owners and residents who complain about their noise and mess.

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Judge hears arguments in challenge to
12:00 pm
Tue November 25, 2008

Judge hears arguments in challenge to Wachovia-Wells Fargo deal

In negotiations between Wells Fargo and Wachovia, the companies traded a small number of stocks with each other. As a result, Wells Fargo received 40 percent of voting shares, which gives it a significant voice in next month's vote.
If Judge Albert Diaz decides to block the vote, Wells Fargo could potentially walk away from the deal.
But if Diaz lets it take place, Attorney Chet Waldman says this would open the floodgates to companies making such deals.

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The Boomer Burden
12:00 pm
Mon November 24, 2008

The Boomer Burden

Monroe mum on what to do about degree
12:00 pm
Mon November 24, 2008

Monroe mum on what to do about degree

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe still isn't saying how he plans to resolve controversy over his tainted degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Four weeks ago, Monroe had a press conference to say he wanted to end the controversy surrounding his bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. At the time, Monroe said giving back the degree and going back to school were two options.

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Taco trucks return to Charlotte City Council
12:00 pm
Mon November 24, 2008

Taco trucks return to Charlotte City Council

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The Charlotte City Council tonight is expected to take a final vote on changes to the way taco trucks do business.

The new ordinance has taken more than a year to settle, because of outcry from both sides of the issue. Since most mobile food vendors in Charlotte are taco trucks, some speculate the stricter rules are racially motivated.

However, Ed Garber of the Eastside Political Action Committee says neighbors don't want to put the trucks out of business.

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Buffalo Charlotte Connection:
12:00 pm
Fri November 21, 2008

Buffalo Charlotte Connection: Buffalo-to-Charlotte-to-Buffalo

When someone from Buffalo comes to Charlotte, they see a town very different than the one they grew up in. Kevin Sylvester wasn't all that impressed on his first visit.

"I remember coming to a colleague and saying 'I could never live here. I just couldn't see myself living here. Everything's too new," he says.

But Sylvester did eventually end up living in Charlotte. He was a sports director at WBT Radio. But after two years, he went back home. Sylvester doesn't badmouth Charlotte.

He says it's, well, OK. But

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The Buffalo/Charlotte Connection &"Half-Backs"
12:00 pm
Fri November 21, 2008

The Buffalo/Charlotte Connection &"Half-Backs"

Frat not to blame for student's death, sheriff
12:00 pm
Fri November 21, 2008

Frat not to blame for student's death, sheriff says

Authorities believe a fraternity is not to blame for the death of a 19-year-old Lenoir Rhyne University student.

The Catawba County Sheriff's Office says Harrison Kowiak died from head injuries he received during a game of Capture the Flag Monday night. Officers have interviewed 16 witnesses of the Theta Chi initiation.

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Healthy living, learning drive David Murdock
12:00 pm
Fri November 21, 2008

Healthy living, learning drive David Murdock

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David Murdock's thirst for knowledge is about equal to his quest for longevity. And both passions have taken root at the 350-acre North Carolina Research Campus.

"You have to use your brain. I'm going to live to be 100 because I'm going to try my very best," says Murdock.

The trim 85-year old tries by eating a fish and vegetable diet. And he thinks everyone else should eat healthy.

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