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Meadowlark Lemon
12:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2008

Meadowlark Lemon

Meadowlark Lemon
We meet the "Clown Prince of Basketball," Meadowlark Lemon. He's well-known for his on-court antics and his off-the-court ambassadorship as a longtime member of the Harlem Globetrotters. Mr. Lemon remains active in the community as a minister and motivational speaker.
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Meadowlark Lemon - American Basketball player

Since this is an encore presentation, we won't be able to take your phone calls.

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No Degree Decision by Monroe Yet
12:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2008

No Degree Decision by Monroe Yet

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe has still not decided what to do about the tainted Bachelor's degree that he received from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Virginia Delegate Lacey Putney sent a letter to the university's rector urging him to lay out three options for Monroe: allow him to complete the requirements at VCU, ask that he transfer his VCU credits to the school where most of his credits were earned or ask him to return the degree.

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Michael Jordan Loves Charlotte
12:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2008

Michael Jordan Loves Charlotte

Michael Jordan speaking to the Charlotte Chamber hspace=2

Basketball legend Michael Jordan pledged his allegiance to the Queen City last night at an awards ceremony hosted by the Charlotte Chamber.

"A lot of you guys don't think I'm here, because you don't see me," joked Jordan. "Well I don't go grocery shopping. But I am around. If you go to most golf courses, you'll pretty much see me. But I am around, I love the city. And when I die, I'm gonna be buried somewhere in North Carolina. I don't know yet. But I'm going to be buried somewhere here, that's how much it means to me."

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Statewide Reading Scores Lower, CMS Also Affected
12:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2008

Statewide Reading Scores Lower, CMS Also Affected

CMS Superintendent Peter Gorman hspace=2

Three of twelve districts throughout the Charlotte area including CMS fell below the state average, which is 55.6%.

The percentage of a district's elementary and middle school students reading at or above grade level ranged from 48% in Rowan-Salisbury Schools to 66% in Union County Public Schools. Last year the spread between districts in the region was much tighter.

This year the tougher standards meant the number of students passing the test dropped significantly across the board. But that year-to-year drop was greatest in Rowan-Salisbury Schools.

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The Mint Museum Wants Your Vote
12:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2008

The Mint Museum Wants Your Vote

Laura Coombs Hills' Peonies and Velvet hspace=2

Your choice is either conservative, or progressive. But instead of politics, the Mint Museum of Art wants your vote on two paintings. Both have flowers and were done by women. One is more modern and impressionistic. Whichever has the most votes by November 30th will become the museum's newest acquisition.

Curator Jon Stuhlman says he's not aware of any other museum leaving the final choice to a public vote like this. And it's all a bit nerve wracking.

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
12:00 pm
Thu November 6, 2008

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
With cold and flu season approaching, we'll talk germs and bacteria. The excessive use of antibiotics (from the doctor and the foods we eat) is helping to create dangerous "superbugs." We'll find out ways to stay safe and healthy and we'll also find out why our guest biologist says you should throw away all of your anti-bacterial soaps and cleaners.
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Dr. Michael Hudson - Chair of the Biology Department, UNC Charlotte
Since this is an encore presentation, we won't be able to take your phone calls.

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Immigration Reports Record Deportations
12:00 pm
Thu November 6, 2008

Immigration Reports Record Deportations

A record number of illegal immigrants were deported last year from the three-state region that includes North Carolina. Nearly 18,000 illegal immigrants were deported from the Carolinas and Georgia during the last 12 months, compared to 11,000 the previous year.

Assistant Atlanta Field Office Director Stephen Redmon credits increased enforcement and support from local agencies, including the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's department.

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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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