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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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Petrostate: Putin, Power and the New Russia
12:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2008

Petrostate: Putin, Power and the New Russia

Petrostate: Putin, Power and the New Russia
We'll talk about Marshall Goldman's area of expertise, Russia, for an overview of oil in Russia and Vladimir Putin's role in stabilizing Russia's economy. We'll talk about his encounters with Putin and just how much influence he had in the success of Russia's re-emergence as a power. We'll also talk about the US role in Russia's economy over the past few decades.

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Big Sign Fines a Surprise
12:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2008

Big Sign Fines a Surprise

Some of the political candidates slapped with thousands of dollars in fines for illegally posting campaign signs are questioning Charlotte's ordinance on the practice. It's the first big test of a new ordinance that boosted fines for sign violations in the city.

The City of Charlotte levied $104,000 in fines against 33 political candidates for putting campaign signs in illegal places, like traffic medians. The size of the fines appears to have taken candidates and City Council members by surprise.

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Mecklenburg County Manager Doesn't Expect
12:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2008

Mecklenburg County Manager Doesn't Expect Revaluation Next Year

Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones says he believes commissioners will hold off on re-valuing property until at least 2010.

Jones told a group of district 3 residents it was unlikely the board will approve a property re-assessment for next year.

Several dozen people attended the meeting last night to find out how a revaluation next year could affect their tax bills.

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Kissell Owes $59K for Illegal Campaign Signs
12:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2008

Kissell Owes $59K for Illegal Campaign Signs

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Thirty-three political candidates owe a total of $104,000 in fines for putting campaign signs in illegal spots like traffic medians. The majority of the candidates, including Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory and Congressman Robin Hayes, owe a few hundred dollars.

But Democrat Larry Kissell - who defeated Hayes in a close race - owes $59,000. That's nearly five times the next highest fine of $11,200 issued to Charlotte register of deeds candidate David Granberry.

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Union County Leaders to Discuss 5,000-acre
12:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2008

Union County Leaders to Discuss 5,000-acre Business Park

A group called Union County Partnership for Progress has been studying the idea for about two years.

Maurice Ewing is the group's CEO. He says the purpose of Wednesday's forum is to get the public involved in the discussion.
"There are a lot of very capable, intelligent and powerful people that have a substantial interest in this project. The meeting is to get our initiative into the public domain to extract some public opinion and just to share with the general public what we're trying to accomplish."

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UNC Charlotte Seeks More Mature Image
12:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2008

UNC Charlotte Seeks More Mature Image

UNC Charlotte has retained a local ad agency to help it project a more grown-up image.

The effort began during the last year, with school officials insisting students, faculty and the media refer to it as UNC Charlotte, rather than UNCC, which has the sound of a community college.

Then came a new brick structure to replace the 70's era plastic sign at the campus entrance.

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War, Economy Impact Military Perception of Youth
12:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2008

War, Economy Impact Military Perception of Youth in Charlotte

Marshall Alexander and his buddies from West Charlotte High School showed up at their neighborhood rec center expecting the usual pick-up game of basketball. Instead, they found a gym full of military recruiters handing out key chains.

Which, for 16-year-old Marshall, was kind of a bummer.

"Yeah, you know, too bad. But hey," said Alexander, with a shrug.

Has he ever considered joining the military?

"I did, really thought about it, but you know I don't want to go exactly on the war field," he says.

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Average Joes
12:00 pm
Mon November 17, 2008

Average Joes

Average Joes
Our November edition of Average Joes will focus on topics chosen by the panel, including discussion on the bailout and the economy, the environment, health and wellness, Charlotte crime and Charlotte's development and transit plans.
John Smith, Laura Foxx, and Mark Killion

Average Joe panelists are WFAE listeners just like you! If you are interested in joining a future panel, email us with a little about yourself and your personal and political viewpoints to charlottetalks@wfae.org

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Still Pushing for Going It Alone in Foreclosure
12:00 pm
Mon November 17, 2008

Still Pushing for Going It Alone in Foreclosure

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This summer, Bellverie Ross led seminars on how to avoid foreclosure. The former MBNA executive worked one small audience like an energetic motivational speaker.

"One of my things is I'm always out helping people. That's very important to me, so I developed this seminar. It is based on my own experience and a lot of research that I had to do," said Ross.

The petite 47-year old described how trying to sell her $660,000 home snowballed into a foreclosure crisis of her own.

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