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Get-out-the-vote Effort Extends to Jails
1:00 pm
Fri September 26, 2008

Get-out-the-vote Effort Extends to Jails

In the presidential election, we've heard a lot about the black vote, the Latino vote, white women, white men, young voters.

You get the picture.

But what about the ex-felon vote?

The voting rights of convicted felons depends on where they're incarcerated.

Maine and Vermont are the only states that allow felons to vote while in prison.

Eleven states restrict voting rights of felons even after they've completed their sentences.

Not so in North Carolina. Voting rights are restored once felons have done their time.

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Dealing with Job Losses in Statesville
1:00 pm
Fri September 26, 2008

Dealing with Job Losses in Statesville

Statesville officials are trying to deal with the loss of 520 jobs after the Kohler Company announced its shutting down its plant there.

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Bible Belt Shift
1:00 pm
Fri September 26, 2008

Bible Belt Shift

As the Charlotte region grows, so does the variety and diversity of its faith communities. The influx is putting a twist to the phrase "bible belt." As an introduction to our occasional series on profiles of Charlotte's numerous faith groups, WFAE's Simone Orendain has this conversation with Virginia-based American theology scholar Diana Butler Bass.

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CMS New Enrollment Smaller Again
1:00 pm
Fri September 26, 2008

CMS New Enrollment Smaller Again

CMS officials say there are more than 1,700 new students enrolled in the district this year. This number is based on an already lowered projection for growth in the district.

Scott McCully heads student placement at CMS. He says the economy is a major factor in the lowered enrollment.

"Obviously the employment sector. When we have high employment brings families to the Charlotte area. that's basically the reason for our enrollment growth year after year," he says.

Remembering Charlotte's Nappy Brown
1:00 pm
Fri September 26, 2008

Remembering Charlotte's Nappy Brown

Candidates for North Carolina Governor
1:00 pm
Thu September 25, 2008

Candidates for North Carolina Governor

Candidates for North Carolina Governor
Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Beverly Perdue and Libertarian candidate Mike Munger will each join us for a portion of the show today for a conversation about their values, political beliefs and North Carolina issues from their perspectives.

Guests
Beverly Perdue - Lt. Governor and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate
Mike Munger - Political Science Chair at Duke University and Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate

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More Gas May Be On the Way
1:00 pm
Thu September 25, 2008

More Gas May Be On the Way

City and county officials held a last minute press conference this afternoon hoping to reassure drivers that gas supplies will soon return to normal.

Mayor Pat McCrory says he's been told by a top official at the U.S. Department of Energy that a very large supply of gasoline should reach Charlotte tomorrow that will ease the current shortage.

Meantime, McCrory urges anxious drivers not to worsen the shortage by topping off their tanks.

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Shortage Fuels Driver Panic, Gas Supply Rationing
1:00 pm
Thu September 25, 2008

Shortage Fuels Driver Panic, Gas Supply Rationing

The supply of gas reaching western North Carolina is down 20 to 50- percent right now, according to government officials and fuel industry authorities. But for drivers in desperate search of a station still selling fuel, the supply seems far less.
The Stop and Go on Graham Street in Charlotte was completely out of gas until a shipment arrived last night. But manager Jakson Tannous says it was half the usual amount. Lines of anxious drivers formed immediately and he knew the gas wouldn't last long, so Tannous started limiting purchases to 25-dollars.

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New Tool Opens CMS Up to Public
1:00 pm
Thu September 25, 2008

New Tool Opens CMS Up to Public

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Anyone with Internet access can get to the data dashboard to learn whether the district is meeting its long-term goals. The public can look up a wide range of information including key indicators of student performance across schools, real time school bus arrivals and financial audits.
Superintendent Peter Gorman says it keeps operations transparent.
"Let's get that clear that a lot of this was already out there. But it just wasn't in a usable format. One easy to find location," he says.

Charlotte Gas Station Owner Subpoenaed
1:00 pm
Wed September 24, 2008

Charlotte Gas Station Owner Subpoenaed

A Charlotte gas station owner subpoenaed by North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says he had a good reason to raise prices as Hurricane Ike hit the Texas coast.

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