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Wachovia legal truce gets extension
1:00 pm
Wed October 8, 2008

Wachovia legal truce gets extension

Wachovia, Wells Fargo and Citigroup have agreed to extend their truce on any litigation until Friday at 8 a.m. Their previous agreement to hold off on more lawsuits expired at noon today.

The three companies will continue negotiating Wachovia's sale in consultation with federal regulators. Outside Wachovia headquarters this afternoon, one employee who would identify himself as "Ray" said he and his co-workers are on edge, but still hopeful.

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Immigration Raid Nets 300+ Workers
1:00 pm
Wed October 8, 2008

Immigration Raid Nets 300+ Workers

The raid took place at the end of the morning shift at House of Raeford's Columbia Farms Plant in Greenville, South Carolina.

US Attorney Walter Wilkins says authorities have been investigating hiring practices at the plant since the beginning of the year. And so far, 12 plant supervisors have been indicted on immigration violations.

"A little over 94 percent of the employees that work there- it was determined that their names, social security numbers or alien registration numbers did not match the actual person who was working at the plant," he says.

Unemployment Numbers Pressure States
1:00 pm
Wed October 8, 2008

Unemployment Numbers Pressure States

High jobless rates in North and South Carolina are stressing the staff and funding of unemployment benefits.

With 32 percent more people collecting unemployment in North Carolina this year compared to last, the state is wrestling with a backlog of thousands of unemployment benefits applications in need of closer review. A State Employment Commission spokesman says staffers are working overtime to whittle that list down and adds that most people are getting their payments without delay.

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The Race for District 9
1:00 pm
Tue October 7, 2008

The Race for District 9

Sue Myrick

Harry Taylor's first stump speech came a full year before he actually decided to run for office when he spoke these now-famous words:

"In my lifetime I have never felt more ashamed of nor frightened by my leadership in Washington, including the Presidency," said Taylor to President George Bush himself at a town hall meeting in Charlotte more than two years ago.

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Wachovia, Bailouts and the Economy
1:00 pm
Tue October 7, 2008

Wachovia, Bailouts and the Economy

Wachovia, Bailouts and the Economy
We take a look at the ripple effect of major economic issues on the Queen City- the sale of Wachovia, the $700 billion bailout plan and the way these events may influence your economic life in Charlotte.
Guests
Mark Vitner - Chief Economist, Wachovia Bank
Louis Moore - Regional President, BB&T

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Meck. Comm. James Looks to Trim Current CMS Budget
1:00 pm
Tue October 7, 2008

Meck. Comm. James Looks to Trim Current CMS Budget

Bill James says Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools doesn't need the money because school enrollment grew by half of what was expected this year.

He also refers to a recent CMS audit that found 62 percent of free and reduced priced lunch applications did not meet federal guidelines to qualify for the benefit. But the district, following U.S.D.A. guidelines, only audited three percent of applications.

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Charlotte Housing Authority Accepting Applications
1:00 pm
Tue October 7, 2008

Charlotte Housing Authority Accepting Applications for Low-Rent Units

For the first time in years, people can now get on the waiting list for two, three and four-bedroom subsidized apartments in Charlotte. Housing Authority spokesperson Jennifer Gallman says Dillehay Courts north of Uptown and Boulevard Homes in West Charlotte are the only two complexes out of 26 managed by the city that now have waiting lists shorter than one year.

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Hayes, Kissell in Another Tight Congressional Race
1:00 pm
Mon October 6, 2008

Hayes, Kissell in Another Tight Congressional Race

The 8th congressional district stretches from Fayetteville to East Charlotte. In 2006, the district had one of the closest races in the country.

Incumbent Republican Congressman Robin Hayes defeated Democrat Larry Kissell by just a few hundred votes.

Two years later, Hayes and Kissell are in another tight race.

Both campaigned last month at the Best of Badin Festival in Stanly County. There were kiddie rides, food, shopping, lumberjack shows and politicians.

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Election 2008: Ballots, Polls and More!
1:00 pm
Mon October 6, 2008

Election 2008: Ballots, Polls and More!

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Election 2008: Ballots, Polls and More!
A conversation about how ballots have and haven't improved since the major problems in 2000, what we've learned (if anything) from polls leading up to the Election 2008 and the pros and cons of early voting.

Guests
Dr. Martha Kropf - Assoc. Professor of Political Science, UNC Charlotte
Dr. Ted Arrington - Professor of Political Science, UNC Charlotte

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Charlotte City Council on Edge About Economy
1:00 pm
Mon October 6, 2008

Charlotte City Council on Edge About Economy

Wachovia's uncertain future has Charlotte's City Council on edge. The first hour of the council's meeting tonight will focus on discussing which bid for the Charlotte-based bank will be best for the city's economy. The Charlotte City Council will quiz Chamber President Bob Morgan about the status of each offer in the rapidly-changing battle for Wachovia.

Councilman John Lassiter says the council is hoping to settle on a unified message about the Wachovia situation.

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