Public Conversations
7:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Coming Up: What's In Our Water?

Mt. Island Lake, the source of Charlotte's drinking water.
Mark Rumsey

April 22, 7:00PM-8:30PM

The Piedmont region depends on a small number of rivers and lakes to provide a reliable supply of clean water. But a variety of factors, suburban development, storm water runoff, sewage spills, coal ash storage ponds, etc., threaten the area's water supply. Last year, a river advocacy group ranked the Catawba River as the nation's 5th most endangered river.

WFAE's Public Conversations Series explores the environmental health and future of the region's water resources

Moderated by WFAE's Lisa Miller, the conversation will also address the cleanliness of the current water supply, threats to water quality, and the proper roles of local and state governments, business and industry, and the public in developing and maintaining sustainable water quality.
Richard Gaskins, executive director at Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation
Barry Gullet, director at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities
Joe Padilla, Executive Director; Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition
Rusty Rozzelle, Water Quality Program Manager; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Stormwater Services

Free admission; registration requested.

Follow the conversation on Twitter: #WFAEPubCon.

Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

The Next America


There's a huge demographic shift happening in America, as thousands of Baby Boomers retire every day and as the tech-savvy, well-educated and under-employed Millennials come of age. The Baby Boomers will need Social Security and health care, and that costs money - and that risks bankrupting the younger generation. Paul Taylor from the Pew Research Center has studied this shift and what it may mean for Boomers, Millenials and the future of America and has laid out his findings in a new book, The Next America. 

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8:40 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Two Suspected HVK Gang Members Convicted For Violating Injunction

In August, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department named Wendell McCain (in red) and Cordell Blair (pictured right) as defendants in their injunction against the Hidden Valley Kings that prohibits them from being next to each other.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Last summer, a judge issued an injunction against the Hidden Valley Kings in north Charlotte.

That made Mecklenburg the first county in the state to implement a new law that allows judges to order suspected gang members not to associate with each other in public, possess a gun or be near anyone carrying drugs or firearms.

Two suspected gang members have now been found guilty of violating the injunction.  

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The Two-Way
8:38 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Tragedy Atop The World: Everest Avalanche Kills At Least 12

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 8:56 am

At least 12 Sherpa guides died Friday on Nepal's side of Mount Everest when an avalanche buried them on the world's tallest mountain.

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Book News: The Celebrity Of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez appeared in public during a celebration marking his 87th birthday on March 6 in Mexico City. He died Thursday.
Yuri Cortez AFP/Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Around the Nation
7:21 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Indiana Man Lets Buyer Keep His Stolen Car

A 72-year-old man thought the deal he got on a car was too good to be true so he looked up its rightful owner. Derk West decided the older man needed the car more than he did so he let him keep it.

The Two-Way
7:06 am
Fri April 18, 2014

As Rescue Efforts Continue, Korean Ferry Sinks Below Surface

Cranes, ships and other rescue equipment are on the scene off the southern coast of South Korea, where a ferry capsized Wednesday. About 270 people, most of them high school students, remain missing.
Kim Hong-Ji Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 9:01 am

As darkness fell Friday in the Yellow Sea off South Korea's southern coast, there was still no good news to report about efforts to determine if any of the nearly 270 people missing since a passenger ferry capsized Wednesday might still be alive inside the sunken ship.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Fri April 18, 2014

'During The Reign,' A Dissolving Family Retells Its History

Joan Chase is the author of two novels and a collection of short stories.
Alexander Solomita Courtesy of Joan Chase

A meditation on the lives of one multigenerational family in rural 1950s Ohio, Joan Chase's 1983 debut During the Reign of the Queen of Persia — just reissued — opens up a typical pastoral story with the inventiveness of four young girls, the novel's narrators. Directed by sisters Anne and Katie, and their cousins, Celia and Jenny, the narration traces the gradual dissolution of the Krauss family from their grandmother's childhood to the end of their own, after a lifetime on their Ohio farm.

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6:40 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Obama Wants To Sell Exports To Asia, But Critics Aren't Buying

Members of Japan's farmers association protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade talks at a rally in Tokyo in March 2013.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

Next week, President Obama is going to Asia, where he'll talk up a proposed deal to increase U.S. trade with that region.

If he succeeds, he could open up huge new markets for U.S. farmers and manufactures, strengthen U.S. influence in Asia and set a path to greater prosperity.

At least, that's what the White House says.

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