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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.

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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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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What Happened to Healthcare as an Election Issue?
1:00 pm
Wed September 24, 2008

What Happened To Health Care As An Election Issue?

Advocacy Groups Mobilize Against Wall Street
1:00 pm
Wed September 24, 2008

Advocacy Groups Mobilize Against Wall Street Bailout

Advocacy groups as diverse Democracy for America and the conservative anti-illegal immigration group ALIPAC are speaking out against the proposed bailout for Wall Street. A national homeowners group says the plan rewards predatory lenders. And all of the groups are mobilizing their members to lobby Congress.
The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America - or NACA - has 500,000 members it hopes will call Congress and demand a stop to the bailout plan, which would spend $700 billion rescuing lenders from bad mortgage debt.

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Travel Expert: Pack Your Bags
1:00 pm
Wed September 24, 2008

Travel Expert: Pack Your Bags

Never mind the economic turmoil, lagging U.S. dollar, or security concerns - award-winning author and world travel expert Doug Lansky says it's still a good time to pack your bags for global destinations. WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Lansky about the current travel climate.

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Perdue's Visits to the Queen City
1:00 pm
Wed September 24, 2008

Perdue's Visits to the Queen City

At the opening of her campaign office in Charlotte's Dilworth neighborhood, Bev Perdue shakes hands and chats animatedly with supporters.

She also talks campaign tactics with fellow Democrats until her press secretary tells her there's a microphone behind her.

High powered politicians, business leaders and Democratic fundraiser, Crandall Bowles turn out for Perdue's appearance. She reassures the group that she has far-reaching connections to the Queen City.

"My footprints are all over this community. Crandall Bowles knows that," says Perdue.

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Deputy Police Chief to Retire
1:00 pm
Tue September 23, 2008

Deputy Police Chief to Retire

More personnel changes are afoot at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Late yesterday, the Senior Deputy Chief announced he's leaving.
CMPD Deputy Chief Jerry Sennett had hoped to be the department's chief. But when Virginian Rodney Monroe was selected for the spot, Sennett says he decided to stick around just long enough to help with the transition. During those months, Monroe did more than just transition. He radically changed department structure.
But Sennett says that's not why he's leaving.

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