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4:34 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Economic Incentives Move Toward Final Vote In NC House

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A bill containing tax breaks to lure businesses to North Carolina passed its first vote in the state House of Representatives, although it divided both parties. The bill expands several economic incentives, but sponsors emphasized one goal in particular: to lure a carmaker to the state.

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Local News
11:03 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Community College Students To Benefit From $10 Million Belk Endowment Grant

The John M Belk Endowment is giving $10 million to help community college students in North Carolina complete their degrees.  

Most of that money will go toward creating a dozen centers throughout the state that connect students with resources to help stabilize their finances.  That may include finding financial aid for tuition, but also identifying tax credits and benefits like food stamps and Medicaid they aren’t currently tapping. 

John M Belk Endowment Director Kristy Teskey says the group is intentionally focusing on community colleges. 

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Local News
5:46 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Petraeus Reaches Plea Deal With Federal Prosecutors In Charlotte

Retired Army General David Petraeus has agreed to a plea deal with federal prosecutors over allegations that he shared classified information with his biographer Paula Broadwell, with whom he later admitted having an affair. Under the terms of the deal, the former commander in Iraq and Afghanistan could avoid jail time.


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5:42 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

After Hearing, Judge Says He'll Rule By Friday On I-77 Lawsuit

Widen I-77 lawyer Matt Arnold (left) argues before judge Osmand Smith III Tuesday at Alamance County Courthouse.
Credit David Boraks

  GRAHAM – A Superior Court judge in Alamance County says he will rule by week’s end on a request by anti-toll group Widen I-77 to delay the N.C. Department of Transportation’s plan to widen I-77 north of Charlotte using toll lanes.

Judge Osmand Smith III heard arguments Tuesday for and against the motion from a parade of lawyers from Widen I-77 and the two defendants in the case, the NCDOT and its contractor I-77 Mobility Partners. 

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Local News
2:36 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

What Supreme Court Obamacare Argument Could Mean For NC

Credit healthcare.gov

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case that North Carolina's attorney general and many others say could lead to chaos in health insurance markets.

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Local News
6:31 am
Tue March 3, 2015

LGBT Defeat: Council Rejects Non-Discrimination Expansion

Two women pray before the city council meeting began
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Monday night Charlotte’s City Council voted down a proposal to expand the city’s nondiscrimination laws to protect LGBT people. The vote was 6 to 5. It’s a major blow to LGBT rights advocates and a victory for those who saw the move as part of a war against religious freedom.

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Local News
6:31 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Council Debates Expansion Of Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Signs addressing the transgender community were prominent throughout the protest
Lucy Perkins/WFAE

By a 6-5 vote, the Charlotte City Council rejected an expansion of Charlotte's non-discrimination ordinance. WFAE's Tom Bullock and Gwendolyn Glenn  covered Monday's meeting and protests. Both will have stories on Morning Edition.

Update: 10:00 pm

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News
5:49 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Non-Discrimination Ordinance Debate Underway

Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Crowds gathered early Monday evening outside the Government Center uptown to rally in favor of or to protest proposed changes to Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance. The measure would expand protections to include LGBT people in the city. The council is scheduled to vote on that issue later tonight. WFAE’s Gwendolyn Glenn spoke to Sarah Delia shortly before tonight's council meeting began.

Arts
9:22 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Big Challenges For Tiny Houses In North Carolina

Ryan Mitchell's tiny home.
Sarah Delia

If you could design your dream home, what would it look like? A big house with a four car garage? Maybe something more modest but efficient. Places like Portland, Oregon and Washington, DC have communities experimenting with small living spaces known as tiny houses. North Carolina has caught on to the tiny house trend—homes that are tiny by nature, but artistically designed for those looking for a more compact way of living without going into much debt. 


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Local News
6:10 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Legislation Aims To Simplify Signing Of Health Care Advance Directives

Health care 'advance directives’ – such as a living will - have been around for several decades. But, surveys show that most adults in the U.S. have not put their wishes regarding end-of-life medical care in writing.   Advocates of advance directives say that in North Carolina, state law currently makes it harder for some people to sign those documents. But a bill expected to be filed Monday in the state legislature is intended to simplify the process. 


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