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CATS Budget and Future Planning
12:00 pm
Wed November 12, 2008

CATS Budget and Future Planning

CATS Budget and Future Planning
The Charlotte Area Transit System has held a series of public sessions to find out what Charlotteans think is most important in regards to transit in the Queen City. We'll find out the result of surveys that were taken at the sessions and talk about the CATS Budget for the next year.
Guests
Keith Parker - CEO of CATS
Dee Pereira - Chief Financial Transit Officer at CATS

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Man Charged in Motel Beating Death of Toddler
12:00 pm
Wed November 12, 2008

Man Charged in Motel Beating Death of Toddler

On Tuesday night, a boy just a few weeks shy of his second birthday was found beaten to death in the motel room where his family lived. Police say Ellijah Burger died of blunt force trauma. Neighbors say he had marks all over his body.
Police have charged 22-year-old Andre Earl Hampton with murder. His relationship to the boy is unclear.
The motel that Elijah knew as home has been the scene of a lot of violence in the last year.

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CMS School Board Tackles Big Agenda
12:00 pm
Wed November 12, 2008

CMS School Board Tackles Big Agenda

After a year of rancorous debate, the school board will hold one more public hearing tonight before taking a final vote on proposed changes that may close some of the districts magnet programs.

In finalizing that debate, the board will also open a new one on graduation requirements. Vice Chairwoman Molly Griffin says tonight begins formal discussion to lower the number of credits required for a high school diploma from 28 down to 24.

"What we hoped to do, by doing this, is to create the opportunity for a very innovative and creative senior year," says Griffin.

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Horizon Lines to Lay Off 10 Percent
12:00 pm
Tue November 11, 2008

Horizon Lines to Lay Off 10 Percent

A Charlotte-based ocean shipping company plans to lay off about 10 percent of its non-union work force in the next 90 days. Horizon Lines is a major supply link between the continental U.S. and Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

CEO Chuck Raymond says the tight economy is forcing Horizon to restructure.

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Veterans Oppose Changes at Salisbury Hospital
12:00 pm
Tue November 11, 2008

Veterans Oppose Changes at Salisbury Hospital

Zane Robertson organized a protest at the VA hospital in Salisbury not because he's unhappy with the treatment he gets here. But rather, because he doesn't want it to change a bit.

"If it's not broke, don't fix it. And we don't have anything broke here," says Robertson, standing at the gates of the hospital with a few dozen other veterans. "Our doctors and nurses here are caring, they know what to do, they know how to treat us? So why should we give that up?"

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Charlotte at War
12:00 pm
Tue November 11, 2008

Charlotte at War

Charlotte at War
On this Veteran's Day we look back at Charlotte's history with American wars. From the moment British General Cornwallis described our region as a "Hornets Nest" of resistance during the Revolution, Charlotteans have put down pitchforks, plows and their briefcases and taken up arms to defend American interests. We'll take a look at our veteran's commitments and sacrifices.

Guests
David Erdman - Attorney and amateur historian, Creator of Charlotte at War Presentation
Dr. Dan Morrill - Professor of History, UNC Charlotte

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McCrory Expects Perdue to Make Good
12:00 pm
Tue November 11, 2008

McCrory Expects Perdue to Make Good

Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory is picking up the pieces after his narrow loss to Bev Perdue last week in the race for governor. It was the first time the record seven-term mayor lost a bid for office. WFAE's Simone Orendain has more.

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North Carolina Has a High Rate of Uninsured Kids,
12:00 pm
Tue November 11, 2008

North Carolina Has a High Rate of Uninsured Kids, Report Says

A report says North Carolina has the 9th highest rate of uninsured children in the nation. The report was produced by a Washington, D.C., group called Families USA.

The report estimates there were about 296,000 children in North Carolina without health insurance in 2007. The report says that's about 12.8 percent of all kids in the state

Families USA Executive Director Ron Pollack sees a pattern in states with high rates of uninsured children.

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Early Voting for South Carolina?
12:00 pm
Mon November 10, 2008

Early Voting for South Carolina?

For years now, Democrats in the South Carolina State Legislature have tried to get early voting approved. They plan to try again this year, too.

State Democratic Representative Joe Neal hopes the success of early voting elsewhere - coupled with long lines voters experienced in South Carolina - will finally change things.

"What we need is to make voting as easy as possible for the citizens of this state," says Neal. "And we've seen it done successfully in NC and roughly 32 other states, so we know it works. What's lacking here is the political will."

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Energy Bill Assistance Requests Expected to Rise
12:00 pm
Mon November 10, 2008

Energy Bill Assistance Requests Expected to Rise

Mecklenburg County officials expect a rough economy will mean more people asking for assistance to pay their energy bills this winter.

Last year about 1,400 Mecklenburg County residents received money from the federal government to help pay off energy bills.

This year the department expects that number to jump to 1,600 partly due to a declining economy. To qualify a four person household must earn less than $2,000 a month and have savings under $2,200.

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