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CMS, NC Reading Scores Drop Under New Standards
12:00 pm
Thu November 6, 2008

CMS, NC Reading Scores Drop Under New Standards

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools today announced that reading proficiency scores dipped significantly because of changes in test standards. CMS reading scores were slightly lower than the statewide average. But across most of the state, there was also a drop in those scores.
Mark Rumsey talks to Simone Orendain about what those scores mean.

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At 90, Edgy Book Reviewer Says Goodbye to Fans
12:00 pm
Thu November 6, 2008

At 90, Edgy Book Reviewer Says Goodbye to Fans

If you're looking for Belle Banks, all you need are your ears.
At 90-years-old, Belle draws big laughs everywhere she goes.

For 15 years, Belle Banks has been a regular at Davidson Town Hall. Every three months, she's reviewed book to a loyal following.

It's the way she serves up her book reviews-with a side of bawdy humor-that has kept her fans coming back for more.

For example, take this punchline about a man marveling at a woman's swimming stamina:

"I'm a prosititute in Memphis and I work both sides of the river."

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Libertarians Win Spot on Future Ballot
12:00 pm
Wed November 5, 2008

Libertarians Win Spot on Future Ballot

Libertarian candidate Mike Munger lost the Governor's race last night. But the outcome was actually a win for his party.

Munger got only two-point-eight percent of the vote last night. But two-percent was all he needed to secure a place on the ballot for the Libertarian party in the next two elections. Third parties must initially collect 100-thousand signatures to get on the ballot in North Carolina.

Munger is the first Libertarian to cross the two-percent threshold in the state and says it's a big win for the party.

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2008 Brings Big Changes for Elections in Meck Co
12:00 pm
Wed November 5, 2008

2008 Brings Big Changes for Elections in Meck Co

Bigger Majority for Dems on MeckCo Commission
12:00 pm
Wed November 5, 2008

Bigger Majority for Dems on MeckCo Commission

Democrats Jennifer Roberts and Harold Cogdell, Jr. celebrate wins. hspace=2

Democrats gained another seat on the Mecklenburg County Commission yesterday for a six-to-three majority.

All three Democrats running for at-large seats on the County Commission won their races. Incumbent Chairwoman Jennifer Roberts ran a coordinated campaign with fellow party-mates Harold Cogdell Junior and Dan Murrey.

Roberts says their success will make it easier to pass economic policies that will add jobs and improve education in Mecklenburg County.

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Kissell Upsets Incumbent Congressman Hayes
12:00 pm
Wed November 5, 2008

Kissell Upsets Incumbent Congressman Hayes

Kissell celebrated in downtown Biscoe at a place locals call "Jeff and Jean's Kitchen." It's a small building in a back yard that serves as a community center.

The event had the feel of a big Super Bowl party.

Cheers erupted from the roughly 100 people in attendance as they watched Congressman Hayes concede on a big screen TV.

Minutes later, Kissell addressed supporters as he was surrounded by his wife, two daughters and 93-year-old mother.

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Area Democrats Celebrate Obama Win
12:00 pm
Wed November 5, 2008

Area Democrats Celebrate Obama Win

Mecklenburg County Commissioner Vilma Leake reacts to Obama victory. hspace=2

It was an emotional night for Democrats in Charlotte - particularly those who were involved in the Civil Rights movement. County Commissioner and civil rights activist Vilma Leake was overcome with emotion at news that Barack Obama had won. "I can recall the '60s when we marched. When we strove to vote. And tonight God has answered our prayers. Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, I am free at last," Leake exclaimed.

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Hagan Defeats Incumbent Senator Dole
12:00 pm
Wed November 5, 2008

Hagan Defeats Incumbent Senator Dole

Last year, State Senator Kay Hagan of Greensboro was hardly known in most of North Carolina. Now, she'll be representing the state in the U.S. Senate after handily defeating Senator Elizabeth Dole.

Up until July, polls showed Dole had a sizeable lead. The race began drawing tighter at the end of the summer and into the fall as the national Democratic Party saw an opportunity and contributed millions. The result was: Kay Hagan ended up with an 8-point victory.

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McCrory Loses Gubernatorial Bid
12:00 pm
Wed November 5, 2008

McCrory Loses Gubernatorial Bid

Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory hasn't had to make this kind of speech during his lengthy public career.

"I've also believed in short concession speeches. I've never given one. But I've watched others give long ones. And I'm not about to do that whatsoever. But again, I love my state. I love this city," he said.

McCrory is serving a record seventh term as mayor, but his strong showing as mayor in races-past was nowhere in sight in the state's urban districts. In Mecklenburg county, governor-elect Bev Perdue was actually ahead of McCrory by 391 votes.

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Post Election Open Phones
12:00 pm
Wed November 5, 2008

Post Election Open Phones

Post Election Open Phones
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