The Week In Politics: Taxes, Guns, Third-Party
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

The Week In Politics: Taxes, Guns, Third-Party Spoiler

Leading up to the November election, most Fridays, Catawba College political scientist Michael Bitzer is joining WFAE's Morning Edition host Duncan McFadyen to talk politics.

MCFADYEN: So the race for the North Carolina governorship has heated up a bit this week. Lt Governor Walter Dalton speaking to WECT in Wilmington said that he wouldn't rule out the possibility of raising taxes. Let's take a listen

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CMPD Screens Out-Of-Town Officers For DNC
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

CMPD Screens Out-Of-Town Officers For DNC

Charlotte will be importing about 1,600 police officers for the Democratic National Convention. That'll double the city's police force. The officers will come from other cities throughout North Carolina as well as Atlanta and Washington DC.

Speaking at WFAE's Public Conversation last night, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Attorney Mark Newbold said the CMPD is screening those officers.

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At-Risk Pregnant Women In Gaston County To Get
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

At-Risk Pregnant Women In Gaston County To Get Home Visits

Gaston County has received a federal grant of more than $1 million to send nurses into the homes of low-income pregnant mothers. The county's infant mortality and child poverty rates routinely outpace the rest of the Charlotte region.

"Woeful" is the word Gaston Public Health Director Chris Dobbins uses to describe the county's health statistics for children.

"In Gaston County right now, 28 percent of our children live in poverty - 28 percent - that's a staggering number," says Dobbins.

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Revaluation Town Hall Meetings
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Revaluation Town Hall Meetings

Persistent complaints about the 2011 property revaluation in Mecklenburg County enters a new phase this week. A private auditor, hired by the county to investigate the revaluation process, will hold a series of six public meetings. The first is Monday night in Matthews.

"This whole process is only going to work well if citizens come forward and let us know what the concerns are," says Emmett Curl of Pearson's Appraisal Service, the company conducting the audit.

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Refugees Build Field Of Dreams
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Refugees Build Field Of Dreams

Notches in tree logs and minimal bolts support the longhouse constructed like Lincoln Logs. Photo: Kalie McMonagle

Notches in tree logs and minimal bolts support the longhouse constructed like Lincoln Logs. Photo: Kalie McMonagle

During the Vietnam War, American forces were aided by ethnic Christian minorities called Montagnards. The Montagnards paid a price for their support.

After the war, Montagnards in Vietnam were forced to denounce their faith. Those who didn't were arrested and, in some cases, crucified.

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CMS Town Hall Meetings Begin Tonight
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

CMS Town Hall Meetings Begin Tonight

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison wants to hear what advice CMS employees, parents, and community members have for him.

CMS is conducting a series of thirteen town hall meetings throughout the district. Half of them will be for the community, the other half just for CMS employees.

Morrison says he's already heard from many teachers that low morale is a big problem as the district has made cuts, raised class sizes, unrolled new tests and began working on a pay for performance plan.

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End Of Full Access To Charlotte Observer Online
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

End Of Full Access To Charlotte Observer Online For Free

There will no longer be free unlimited access to the Charlotte Observer's online edition starting later this year. In a call with analysts, the company that owns the Observer says it will install pay-walls before the year is over.

McClatchy Newspapers didn't exactly how much they'll start charging for access to Charlotte Observer.com. But the company did talk about a new combined digital and print subscription package it will offer and what it will include.

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ACLU Questions Police Cameras
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

ACLU Questions Police Cameras

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office have both recently added cameras that take pictures of license plates. They help catch car thieves and tax evaders, but now the Americans Civil Liberties Union is asking if they're capturing too much.

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Plan To Address Badin Lake Contamination Under
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Plan To Address Badin Lake Contamination Under Review

A plan to address several acres of Badin Lake bed contaminated by Alcoa is up for public review this week.

Environmental regulators say Alcoa is guilty of letting dangerous chemicals called PCBs wash into Badin Lake from its former aluminum smelter onshore.

Two areas in the lake are of particular concern - one near the southern boat ramp and another under a storm water discharge pipe from the former smelter. They're just under four acres in all.

Alcoa has proposed locking the contaminants under a layer of sand and rock called a "cap"

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Canada Home Improvement Retailer Rejects Lowe's
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Canada Home Improvement Retailer Rejects Lowe's Buyout Offer

Canada's largest home improvement retailer has rejected an offer from Lowe's to buy the company. WFAE's Marshall Terry has more on that story.

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