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The Buffalo Charlotte Connection: The Reasons
12:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2008

The Buffalo Charlotte Connection: The Reasons Buffalo Natives Leave

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In the first half of the 20th century, Buffalo's role as a shipping and industrial center made it one of the nation's largest cities. By the 1950s, Buffalo's population was more than 550,000. But since then, Buffalo businessman Carl Palladino has watched his hometown become a city less than half the size it once was.

"It has reached a point now where the young people that aren't afraid most of them have left," Palladino says.

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Preventing Diabetes
12:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2008

Preventing Diabetes

Preventing Diabetes
Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D. specializes in diabetes and asserts that diabetes can be reversed and he has recently co-authored a study showing that his recommended diet significantly reduces heart disease in people with Type 2 diabetes. We'll take a look at this widespread and preventable disease.
GuestDr. Neal Barnard, M.D. - Nutritional researcher and Author of Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes

Dr. Barnard recommends this resource for diabetes. Click here.

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CMS Magnet Changes Moving Forward
12:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2008

CMS Magnet Changes Moving Forward

CMS officials say about 2,300 students will have to find a new magnet program or return to their neighborhood schools over the next two years. The district is eliminating 15 magnet programs, combining several others and making entrance requirements more rigorous for Math, Science and Environmental Studies magnet programs.

In some cases, CMS Superintendent Peter Gorman says struggling schools, such as E.E. Waddell High, are losing programs designed to attract advanced students.

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Revenue Shortfall Means Possible Service Cuts for
12:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2008

Revenue Shortfall Means Possible Service Cuts for CATS

The Charlotte Area Transit System is receiving less money from the half-cent sales tax than it expected this year. Officials are looking at possible service cuts to make due with the revenue that's millions of dollars lower than projected.

The sales tax pays for nearly two-thirds of CATS operating costs. So far revenue has been flat between this year and last.

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NC budget cutbacks cost CMS $5.5 million
12:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2008

NC budget cutbacks cost CMS $5.5 million

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is being asked to return $5.5-million in state funding by December 19th. It's part of a mid-year cut in education funding of $58-million the state is requesting from local districts.

CMS Superintendent Peter Gorman does not expect to lay off any teachers in the short-term.

"It is our intention to not do a decline in the number of teachers in classroom," says Gorman. "That is our hope for this year. I do expect that next year's budget will be difficult and that there could be changes for next year. But for this year, don't expect that."

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Justice Accountability position stirs concern
12:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2008

Justice Accountability position stirs concern

One thing is already clear: whoever lands the job will need strong persuasive skills to earn the $141,000 salary.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe doesn't like the position. He told WSOC TV, "I was hired here to do a job. I don't need someone else to tell me how to do it, when to do it, what to do."

Monroe says it would make more sense to use that money to add three police officers to the force.

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Charlotte's Bigfoot Connection on TV
12:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2008

Charlotte's Bigfoot Connection on TV

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These days Morris Costumes is one of the biggest wholesalers in the business. But the company got its start making gorilla suits for magicians and circuses. And that's how founder Philip Morris says he ended up making the costume that would launch the Bigfoot craze in 1967.

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Zany Non-Opera Opera Comes to Charlotte
12:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2008

Zany Non-Opera Opera Comes to Charlotte

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Opera's something people usually either love or hate. And that's why "Charlotte: The Opera" is struggling a bit to fill the house.

So here's the thing Morenga Hunt would like to get through your head.

"This is really not an opera. It contains elements that you might find in an opera, such as singing, and it tells somewhat of a story, but not like a traditional opera."

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A Buffalo Connection
12:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2008

A Buffalo Connection

Scott Jagow (second from right) and other Sabres fans. hspace=2

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The Buffalo Charlotte Connection: What It's About
12:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2008

The Buffalo Charlotte Connection: What It's About

The following is a transcript of a conversation between Mark Rumsey and Scott Graf about his series, "The Buffalo/Charlotte Connection." This transcript begins with Graf explaining how this series came about.

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