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10:05 am
Mon September 22, 2014

New Bridge To Open In Independence Widening Project

A view of the Conference Drive bridge, which is scheduled to open on Tuesday at midnight.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Starting midnight Tuesday, you'll be able to drive over a new bridge in east Charlotte.

It's on Conference Drive and it's part of a $51 million project to widen Independence Boulevard between Albemarle Road and Wallace Lane.


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Local News
7:47 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Why We Disbelieve Science, Consider Conspiracies

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Fluoridated water reduces cavities, as scientific studies have repeatedly shown. Yet for decades, public health and government officials have had to defend fluoride in public drinking water, against at-times outlandish conspiracy theories. It’s a battle currently playing out in Charlotte. WFAE’s Ben Bradford examines why we have trouble believing the science.


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Sunday Headlines
9:51 am
Sun September 21, 2014

25 Years Ago, Hugo Hit Charleston

It’s been quarter-century since Hurricane Hugo hit the Carolinas and people across the region are remembering the anniversary this week. The storm killed 49 people and caused $7 billion in damage, and was a defining moment for Charleston, South Carolina, and for its mayor, Joseph P. Riley Jr.  Hugo came ashore 25 years ago today in Charleston, slamming the city with 135 mile an hour winds. 

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Local News
9:52 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Charter School Closing Highlights Rapid Growth Of NC Charters

A brand new charter school that opened in Charlotte on August 25 is shutting down. State officials sent Concrete Roses STEM Academy a letter this week placing the school on what the state calls Financial Disciplinary Status. The school's board voted Wednesday night to close the charter program as of Friday. This fall's enrollment of 126 students at Concrete Roses, located off Monroe Road, was far below the 300 students organizers had projected. WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Helen Nance, who chairs North Carolina's Charter School Advisory Board, about the closure of Concrete Roses and the oversight of the state's charter schools.


Local News
8:42 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Parents Say Charter School Closing Was Short Notice

Nine-year-old Kenyatta Booker and his mother Brandy Mmnabar. Mmnabar says she was very angry when she found out that the school would be closing down the next day when she went to pick up her son.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Friday was the last day of school for about 120 students at a charter school in east Charlotte. It's closing its doors less than three weeks after opening because of financial troubles. Parents will now have to figure out where to send their children next week.


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Local News
3:23 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Charter School Closing After 20 Days. Cost To State: $285,170

Concrete Roses STEM Academy in East Charlotte will have its last school day on Friday, September 19.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

A Charlotte charter school is closing its doors less than three weeks after opening, leaving 126 students to find a new school.

Parents of students at Concrete Roses STEM Academy got their first hint of trouble earlier this week.

"Everybody got the same call or e-mail that there was an emergency board meeting," says Shirley Brooks.

Her granddaughter, Taylor, is a fourth-grader at the K-12 school, which closes Friday.

"I had no idea that this could happen on a new school like this. I had no idea," Brooks says.

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Local News
5:09 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Panthers' Hardy Won't Play Until Domestic Violence Case Resolved

Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman.
Credit Michael Tomsic / WFAE

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy will not play again until his domestic violence case is resolved. The Panthers announced Wednesday that the team, the NFL and Hardy agreed he should take a voluntary leave with pay. In July, a judge found Hardy guilty of two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence. Hardy appealed and is waiting on a jury trial.    

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Local News
2:50 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Headline Roundup: I-77 Tolls, CMS Raises, Family Dollar And More

North Carolina transportation officials are still not saying what tolls will cost on Interstate 77 north of Uptown Charlotte after a private company builds high-occupancy toll lanes. The plan calls for one lane in each direction on the north end of the project and two lanes in each direction closer to Uptown.

A Spanish contractor, Cintra, has been selected to build and maintain the lanes. Speaking today on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks, Ned Curran, chairman of the state Board of Transportation, said the tolls will change dynamically. “If there are not enough people in the lane, the price drops. If there are too many people in the lane, the price increases… so the pricing will always be relative to demand,”  Curran said. 

Cars with three people, including the driver, will be able to drive in the new lanes without paying a toll. The number of standard lanes on the 45 mile stretch of I-77 will not change.

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Local News
9:21 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Charlotte Symphony CEO Discusses Good Financial News, Future Challenges

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating more than its season-opening concerts this weekend. The Orchestra announced this week it finished the last fiscal year in the black for the first time since 2002. Charlotte Symphony president and CEO Bob Stickler says the Symphony is doing a better job of generating community support after years of relying too much on big donations from institutions like the Arts and Science Council. He spoke to WFAE's Duncan McFadyen.


Police
7:49 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Charlotte NAACP Holds Vigil For Jonathan Ferrell One Year After His Death

Reverend Rodney Sadler of Union Presbyterian Seminary prayed for an end to racism during the vigil on Tuesday night across CMPD headquarters in uptown Charlotte.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

More than two dozen people attended a prayer vigil for Jonathan Ferrell across the street from police headquarters in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday night.

Ferrell was shot ten times by a Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer last year.


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