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Tom Wopat
1:00 pm
Mon October 27, 2008

Tom Wopat

Tom Wopat
A discussion with Tom Wopat, aka "Luke Duke" from The Dukes of Hazzard. He's now a musical theatre guy with two Tony nominations to his credit. We'll discuss the Dukes, his musical roots and upcoming role as Billy Flynn in "Chicago."
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Tom Wopat - Actor, singer and Tony-nominated performer

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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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Concerns About Reporting Early Voting Numbers
1:00 pm
Mon October 27, 2008

Concerns About Reporting Early Voting Numbers

Over the last week WFAE has reported on long lines and large turnout at early voting sites in North Carolina. But some of our listeners have been unhappy with our reports.

Here's an example of the angry emails we've received from several WFAE listeners in the last week:

"To whom it may concern.

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Anti-Charlotte sentiment not intention of ad,
1:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2008

Anti-Charlotte sentiment not intention of ad, Perdue says

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bev Perdue on Friday defended a campaign ad that singles out Charlotte from the rest of the state.
The ad is running in the Raleigh, Greensboro and Triad markets, but it's not playing in the Charlotte market.
A photograph of her opponent McCrory is in the foreground of a graphic of the state. Charlotte's skyline sprouts up where the city would sit on a map. Then the state shatters and the piece with the skyline drifts toward the mayor's image.

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Charlotte's Banking Woes Are Trickling Down
1:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2008

Charlotte's Banking Woes Are Trickling Down

The ripple effect of the financial slowdown is becoming more obvious in Charlotte. A local law firm for the banking community now says it is closing its uptown office.
Officials at Dewey and LeBoeuf say nine associates in Charlotte will lose their jobs when the firm closes its uptown office at the end of December. Other law firms have announced cuts in recent weeks, too.
Bicycle courier Rich Dillen says the slowdown in financial legal work is evident in his daily route between the Charlotte's banks and law firms.

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Religion and Politics
1:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2008

Religion and Politics

Federal tax law restricts the political activities of tax-exempt religious organizations. But churches are by no means sanctuaries from talk of politics, especially in this election season.
Pastor Mike Gonzalez is defying the law: "I urge you when you enter the voting booth to not vote for Barack Obama or candidates like him"
Gonzalez is risking the tax-exempt status of Columbia World Outreach. He set out to challenge the government last month from his church's pulpit in Columbia, South Carolina.

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US Airways reports more losses
1:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2008

US Airways reports more losses

Analysts actually expected US Airways to do worse last quarter. As it stands, the airline lost $865 million, which is more any other major carrier reported losing for the same quarter.
In a statement, US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker pointed to "crippling fuel prices" over the summer. He also notes the current economic situation is both good and bad news for the airline: Oil prices have now fallen well below last quarter. But the economic crisis may put a damper on air travel.

Biden: 'End this War in Iraq'
1:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2008

Biden: 'End this War in Iraq'

Biden began his day of campaigning by speaking to a crowd of around 1,500 at Halton Arena at UNC Charlotte. The Delaware Senator told the audience that the focus of an Obama administration would be to restore the nation's middle class and to rebuild a positive image of America abroad.

"Ladies and gentlemen, the first step in reclaiming America's respect and leadership is to end this war in Iraq. End this war," Biden said.

The Election, Race and Religion in Gaston County
1:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2008

The Election, Race and Religion in Gaston County

When I first moved to Charlotte about four years ago, I quickly learned that Gaston County is the butt of a lot of jokes in our region. It's common for people in Charlotte to look down their noses at their neighbor to the west. Right or wrong, it has a reputation for being a bit backward.

In Gaston County, the number of registered democrats is about even with the number of republicans. It's the type of place where I wouldn't expect Barack Obama to do well. Although he easily won the North Carolina democratic primary, he lost this county by eight points.

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Brunswick Stew and Politics, Too
1:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2008

Brunswick Stew and Politics, Too

Cars were up and down Mallard Creek Road, full of people hungry for either barbecue pork or politics.
Jean and Don Allen have just one thing on their minds.
"We really enjoy coming, it's nice to get out," says Jean. "We always enjoy the barbecue and especially the Brunswick stew," adds Don. "It has such a good flavor."
Salty and savory. . . just like Rusty Wallace's Great Aunt Beck made for the first Mallard Creek Presbyterian Barbecue in 1929:

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