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Political Abstinence
1:00 pm
Wed October 29, 2008

Political Abstinence

WFAE commentator Rob Jacik hspace=2

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Low blow? Dole ad paints Hagan as atheist
1:00 pm
Wed October 29, 2008

Low blow? Dole ad paints Hagan as atheist

Sen. Elizabeth Dole's latest ad implies that Kay Hagan is an atheist. The Dole campaign also leaves the impression that the Godless Americans Political Action Committee hosted a fund-raiser for Hagan. This isn't true.

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$477 Million in Bonds on Ballot in Mecklenburg
1:00 pm
Wed October 29, 2008

$477 Million in Bonds on Ballot in Mecklenburg

In an election season when North Carolina has been overrun with political ads, mailers and phone calls, it's harder to get information on the less glamorous issues to stick.

"I've had so much information on the candidates this year from the President all the way down. I haven't gotten involved with the bonds in Mecklenburg. There's too much information," says early voter Scott Thrower.

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Science Education in the United States
1:00 pm
Wed October 29, 2008

Science Education in the United States

Science Education in the United StatesThe National Science Teachers Association is holding a conference in Charlotte this week, which gives us an opportunity to talk about how science education is doing in the US and what the future holds for the coming years.

Guests
Dr. Patricia Shane - President Elect, National Science Teachers Association
Dr. Kate Popejoy - Asst. Professor, Science Education, UNC Charlotte

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The Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte
1:00 pm
Wed October 29, 2008

The Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte

Interior of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Charlotte. hspace=2

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral is mostly known for the annual Yiasou Greek Festival.

Organizers say this four-day September festival attracts up to 60,000 visitors.

"We're proud. We have a heritage. And our culture somehow we want to say, 'Here! We have some food that is genuine Greek!'" says Fr. Michael Varvarelis with a laugh. He is dean of Holy Trinity.

"That's why we would like to have a festival. To celebrate our heritage and invite everyone who wishes, to see what is happening," he says.

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Long Lines Persist at Early Voting Sites
1:00 pm
Tue October 28, 2008

Long Lines Persist at Early Voting Sites

More than 130,000 people have already voted in Mecklenburg County. That's a record. It's also one reason why the wait to vote early is still one to two hours at most locations. Ironically, many people are voting early in hopes of avoiding long lines.

Mecklenburg County Elections Director Michael Dickerson says only a few hundred voting machines are in use right now, "but on Election Day we've got some 1900 machines that will be out there and about 200 sites. That's 10 times the number of sites you've got now."

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WFAE Civic Poll Results
1:00 pm
Tue October 28, 2008

WFAE Civic Poll Results

This fall, for the third time, UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute took a pulse of the Charlotte community, in a poll commissioned by WFAE. More than 850 respondents were asked about the biggest issues affecting the Charlotte area, and the nation as a whole. In both cases, economic matters ranked very high. The Urban Institute's Sean Langley oversaw the WFAE Civic Poll, and joined WFAE's Scott Graf for a conversation.

Read the WFAE Civic Poll.

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CMPD Chief Monroe Addresses Degree Controversy
1:00 pm
Tue October 28, 2008

CMPD Chief Monroe Addresses Degree Controversy

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe says he's deciding how to put an end to the controversy surrounding his degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

He says he's considering going back to school or returning the degree he received while serving as Richmond's Police Chief.

Monroe and City Manager Curt Walton called a press conference yesterday saying they want to bring closure to the questions surrounding the degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Carolina Budget Woes
1:00 pm
Tue October 28, 2008

Carolina Budget Woes

States nationwide are facing budget shortfalls as the economy tightens. South Carolina's gap is one of the worst. North Carolina is in much better shape.

This week, South Carolina lawmakers are considering deep cuts to higher education, conservation and even pay for state workers in order to make up an 8-percent budget shortfall. Tax revenues signal North Carolina could also come up short in 2009.

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Foxx Bids for Charlotte Mayor in '09
1:00 pm
Mon October 27, 2008

Foxx Bids for Charlotte Mayor in '09

At-Large Councilman Anthony Foxx says Charlotte's economy has remained strong in the current economic downturn. But he says, "There are still brighter days to come."

Foxx is serving his second term on Charlotte's city council. He acknowledges that in North Carolina, city government is based on a city manager-weak mayor system.

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