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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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Gas Prices Now Falling as Quickly as They Rose
12:00 pm
Fri November 14, 2008

Gas Prices Now Falling as Quickly as They Rose

There's a silver-lining to a down economy: the price of gas is falling.

No, it's not your imagination. The numbers on those gas station signboards are falling right before your eyes - and about as fast as they were rising back in September. The average for a gallon of regular in Charlotte today is $2.13. That's a few pennies shy of the national average, and about half what it cost two months ago.

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Gunning for the Super Bowl of Fishing
12:00 pm
Fri November 14, 2008

Gunning for the Super Bowl of Fishing

Judith Foxx-Johnson and her husband Bobby hspace=2

There's even more money than usual on Lake Norman this weekend. Slick bass rigs add to the ranks of boats bobbing alongside the area's ritzy houses.

Tournament organizer Porter Trimble takes it all in from behind the wheel of one fast boat.

"These boats are upwards in the mid to upper 50's. You look at a guy that's got a brand new bass rig and a brand new truck. You're looking at well over $100,000 of equipment. You haven't even looked at rods and reels or the lures or anything like that," says Trimble.

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Adopting from Foster Care: The Real Story
12:00 pm
Fri November 14, 2008

Adopting from Foster Care: The Real Story

Gwana Chambers and a picture of her 7 adopted children.

We wanted to know more about what it's really like to adopt a child from foster care, so we found an expert. Gwana Chambers and her husband Ronnald planned to adopt just one child from Mecklenburg County foster care and ended up adopting seven. Gwana spoke with WFAE's Scott Graf.

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Looking for a Forever Family
12:00 pm
Fri November 14, 2008

Looking for a Forever Family

11-year-old DaShon hspace=2

Sometimes, the secret to finding a new family comes with a new pair of shoes.

At the 11th annual Adoption Fashion Show, 11-year old DaShon struts on stage in shiny white sneakers and stylish jeans. He's a handsome kid, and when he strikes a cool-guy pose, the crowd eats it up.

All of the models for this fashion show are in foster care, but hoping for adoption. DaShon's here with his current foster mom. A few months back he was living at "Miss Johnson's House." And before that? "Miss Phylicia," he says, after a moment's thought.

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United Way of the Central Carolinas Extending
12:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2008

United Way of the Central Carolinas Extending Campaign

United Way of the Central Carolinas is extending its annual campaign after falling $20 million short of last year's total.

The organization has raised about $25 million since it kicked off its campaign early September. Last year at this time, the agency ended its campaign with $45 million worth of donations.

United Way says many companies delayed the beginning of their workplace campaigns and are still in the midst of raising money. About 30 of the agency's top 100 contributors have wrapped up their drives.

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49er Football Gets Green Light
12:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2008

49er Football Gets Green Light

UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois hspace=2

Five years from now, the Panthers will no longer be the only game in town. UNC-Charlotte trustees voted unanimously today to launch 49er football.

The decision to bring football to UNC Charlotte couldn't come fast enough for many students and sports fans. But five years is not long to raise the $43-million it will cost to build a sports complex and stadium on campus.

Athletics Director Judy Rose says it's a risk worth taking because football will bring an emotional connection to UNC Charlotte many believe is now missing.

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Meatless Soul Food
12:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2008

Meatless Soul Food

Meatless soul food: to some, that may be an oxymoron. For Charlotte's Denise Hairston, it's her passion.
The deaths of family members who suffered the effects of unhealthy diets are a constant motivator. She recently published her first cookbook, Meatless Soul Food. Hairston spoke to WFAE's Morning Edition host, Scott Graf.

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Yearning for the Right Internship
12:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2008

Yearning for the Right Internship

I'm sitting across from a college grad and he's telling me about his upcoming internship. He's interested in writing, so he's interning at a publishing house so he can learn more about it.

I need an internship. There's a lot I need to learn more about. I could do it, interns work for free. It's not like they'd be out anything. I'm the one that'd be out the money I have to pay a babysitter. But the experience would be invaluable.

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Nuclear Energy in America
12:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2008

Nuclear Energy in America

Nuclear Energy in America
With our dependency on oil a continuing issue, both presidential candidates mentioned nuclear energy as an important part of our energy plan. We'll look at the current status of nuclear energy generation and how President Elect Obama would include nuclear in his plan.
Guests
Jim Warren - Exec. Director, NC Warn
Adrian Heymer - Senior Director of New Plant Deployment, Nuclear Energy Institute

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