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Average Joes
1:00 pm
Mon September 22, 2008

Average Joes

Average Joes
It's an election-centered edition of Average Joes today with a politically diverse group of men all between 24-34. Let's find out what this group of young people and WFAE listeners will agree or disagree on regarding the issues and candidates for Election 2008.
Dave Flores, Justin Wade, Dustin Harbin, and Brian Grady
If you are interested in being a future Average Joe, contact us! Email us a little about yourself and your personal and political viewpoints to charlottetalks@wfae.org

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Habitat for Humanity Makes Major Request from City
1:00 pm
Mon September 22, 2008

Habitat for Humanity Makes Major Request from City

Habitat for Humanity will make its largest funding request ever from the Charlotte City Council tonight. If approved, the $600,000 grant will help Habitat homes blend into their neighborhoods better.
The city money would pay for extra features like porches and brick work to all of the homes Habitat builds in Charlotte this year.
The effort started in Washington Heights six years ago when neighborhood leaders worried Habitat homes would undermine the historic nature of their community.
Druid Hills residents had concerns, too.

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CMPD Anti-Gang Program Gets Major Funding Boost
1:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2008

CMPD Anti-Gang Program Gets Major Funding Boost

Just a few weeks ago, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe quadrupled the number of officers working on the city's gang unit. Now the department's anti-gang program - called "Gang of One" - has received a one-point-point million dollar federal grant, which is seven times the funding it got last year.
Monroe says the new money will go into quote "stemming the tide" of young people joining gangs.
"You got a lot of kids that are caught up in gangs now that want to get out," says Monroe. "And Gang of One has had some success in steering kids away from gangs."

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What Would Wachovia-Morgan Stanley Deal Look Like?
1:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2008

What Would Wachovia-Morgan Stanley Deal Look Like?

Charlotte-based Wachovia is reportedly among the financial companies talking with investment firm Morgan Stanley about a possible merger. For some perspective on the prospects for such a deal, WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Will Boye, banking reporter for the Charlotte Business Journal.

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Broyhill to Get $6 Million in Incentives to Stay
1:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2008

Broyhill to Get $6 Million in Incentives to Stay in Caldwell County

Caldwell County, the city of Lenoir and the state Department of Commerce plan to give a furniture manufacturer $6 million dollars in incentives to keep it from moving to Mississippi.
Under the deal, Caldwell County and Lenoir would give Broyhill Industries $4 million dollars in city and county tax collections. The North Carolina Department of Commerce has also approved a $2 million-dollar grant.
Local and state official scrambled to come up with the package this summer when Broyhill officials said they were considering a move to Mississippi.

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Crisis in Charlotte's Homeless Shelters
1:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2008

Crisis in Charlotte's Homeless Shelters

Homeless service agencies in Charlotte say the shortage of more beds in overnight shelters has become a crisis. They blame the economy and the lack of affordable housing, and they're calling on local churches to fill the need.
Last night a record 127 children stayed in the Salvation Army's homeless shelter in Charlotte.
Salvation Army Social Services Director Deronda Metz says women and children now overflow the Salvation Army shelter, forcing her to turn away 20 or 30 people every night.

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Media Influence on Elections
1:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2008

Media Influence on Elections

Media Influence on Elections
The media is playing a large role in national politics this year. They are often vilified for both digging too deep into candidate's lives and background and for not asking tough enough questions of the candidates. We'll look at the role of the media in politics.
Guests
Dr. Dan Grano - Asst. Professor of Communication, UNC Charlotte
Jim Morrill - Political Writer, The Charlotte Observer
Tim Boyum - News Anchor, News14 Carolina
Bob Garfield - Co-host, On The Media

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Rough, Tough and Gay
1:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2008

Rough, Tough and Gay

Flood Assistance Center to Stay Open Indefinitely
1:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2008

Flood Assistance Center to Stay Open Indefinitely in Charlotte

Nearly a month after flooding damaged homes and displaced hundreds in Charlotte, officials say victims are still turning up at disaster assistance centers seeking help.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg officials estimate 600 families suffered damages to their homes and property during flooding from Tropical Storm Fay in last August. Emergency shelters are no longer open, but state and federal officials announced today they will keep their financial assistance center on North College Street open indefinitely.

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UNCC's Dubois to Trustees: Kickoff in 2013
1:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2008

UNCC's Dubois to Trustees: Kickoff in 2013

Dubois says he was hit with what he calls the 'f' question almost as soon as he became chancellor three years ago. When will the school play football? Today, he submitted a plan to trustees that calls for the 49ers to begin play in 2013. They would start playing in the Football Championship Subdivision series, formerly known as Division One-Double A.

Dubois says football will help the university raise its overall profile in the region.

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