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Unusually Long Line at Local Aid Agency
1:00 pm
Fri October 10, 2008

Unusually Long Line at Local Aid Agency

Crisis Assistance Development Director Doug Hartjes had an eye-opening drive to work. He says he'd never seen anything like it in his six years with the agency.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing. There were cars parked on the grass, cars parked on the sidewalk, cars parked across the street in a circle on the grass. People double parked. People standing outside all over the place."

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Tudor History with Philippa Gregory
1:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2008

Tudor History with Philippa Gregory

Tudor History with Philippa Gregory
A conversation with best selling historical fiction novelist Philippa Gregory. Guest host Chris Clackum will discuss Ms. Gregory's work, about the Tudors, and making a novel into a movie.
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Philippa Gregory - Author of The Other Boleyn Girl, The Other Queen: A Novel and many more Tudor-era historical novels.

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Blind Man Makes History with Hike
1:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2008

Blind Man Makes History with Hike

Trevor Thomas of Charlotte made history Wednesday when he completed hiking the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail. An impressive accomplishment in itself, but history making because Trevor is only the second blind person to hike the entire Trail, and the first to finish it without a guide dog.

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Immigration Court Opening in Charlotte
1:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2008

Immigration Court Opening in Charlotte

Currently, immigration cases from the Carolinas are heard in Atlanta. Next month, those cases will start to be heard in Charlotte.

Long-time Charlotte immigration attorney Cynthia Aziz says it will make a big difference.

"For our clients it's going to logistically make it more feasible for them to have local attorneys and their transportation to Atlanta is something they're not going to miss," she says.

Having the court nearby will make it easier to afford an attorney.

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Charlotte Housing Sales Now in Thick of Downswing
1:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2008

Charlotte Housing Sales Now in Thick of Downswing

The Association reports 27-percent fewer homes were sold in September than in the same month last year. And home prices for September dropped nine-percent from the year before.

Association President Dot Munson says in her 24 years as a real estate agent, she has not seen the housing industry hit from all sides, the way it's been these days. She says it's getting tougher for home buyers to get a loan. And now there's the worry that newcomers to Charlotte bring with them.

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Property Fraud a Growing Concern
1:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2008

Property Fraud a Growing Concern

We've become more familiar with the threat of identity theft in the U.S. But now officials say property fraud is a growing concern. That's where someone fraudulently records a deed, making it look like they own your home. Then they can use it as collateral on a mortgage - or eve attempt to sell it.
Mecklenburg County has started an electronic alert system to let you know when that might be happening to you. WFAE's Julie Rose asked Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Judy Gibson why there are no safegurards in place to prevent property fraud.

Open Phones
1:00 pm
Wed October 8, 2008

Open Phones

Open Phones
A chance for listeners to sound off with their thoughts about all of the latest happenings in the news: Election 2008, the Wachovia sale, the bailout votes, your personal finance and more!

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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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