DNC Moves CarolinaFest From Speedway To Uptown
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

DNC Moves CarolinaFest From Speedway To Uptown

DNC host committee chair Dan Murrey announces the Labor Day festival change in the shadow of the Bechtler Museum of Art. Photo:

Back in January, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman made a big announcement about the Monday festivities leading into the DNC convention.
"Our friends at the host committee are inviting families across the Carolinas, Virginia, and the South to come to Charlotte Motor Speedway to celebrate Labor Day and to continue the conversation that President Obama started four years ago," she said.

Now they've shifted gears. They've announced the party will be moving Uptown.

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More Money Or Less Money For NC Schools This Year?
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

More Money Or Less Money For NC Schools This Year?

State lawmakers approved a budget last week and Republicans praised it by pointing out that it sent more money to schools this year without raising taxes. But some Democrats said, "No, it actually cut schools budget." So who's right?

There are a lot of numbers here so I'm going to get the help of an accountant. He's not just any accountant. He's Phillip Price, the CFO for North Carolina public schools. He follows the state budget process closely.

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Charlotte Observer: CMPD Officer Shoots, Wounds
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Observer: CMPD Officer Shoots, Wounds Man In Northwest Charlotte

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer shot and wounded a man during an exchange of gunfire early Wednesday in northwest Charlotte.
Police say the shooting happened after officers had responded to calls of a home invasion. They say the shooting victim tried running from the scene and then fired a shot at Officer Joshua Baswell.
The man who was shot has not been identified, but he was taken to Carolinas Medical Center for surgery. His condition was not known Wednesday morning.

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City Shifting Tactics On Affordable Housing
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

City Shifting Tactics On Affordable Housing

GOP Leaders Call On Perdue To Sign Budget
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

GOP Leaders Call On Perdue To Sign Budget

Republican leaders are urging Governor Bev Perdue to sign the budget lawmakers approved last week. So far she's held out and pushed for compensation for eugenics victims and more money for schools. But they say they don't have the money.

Perdue wants to add about $100 million to the budget, nearly all of that for schools. That also includes $5 million for compensation to eugenics victims. She'd tap a reserve set aside to deal with a potential shortfall in the Medicaid program to pay for that.

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Duke/Progress Merger Nearly Final
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Duke/Progress Merger Nearly Final

Jim Rogers speaks with attendees at Duke Energy's annual shareholder meeting in May. Photo: Julie Rose.

Updated 4:38 p.m. June 29
Duke Energy had hoped to finalize its $26 billion merger with Progress Energy this weekend, but it looks like they'll have to wait a few more days. North Carolina Utility regulators gave their approval to the deal on Friday, but South Carolina regulators won't rule until at least Monday. WFAE's Julie Rose reports Duke and Progress are on the verge of becoming the largest utility in the nation.

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Local Reaction To The Health Care Act
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Local Reaction To The Health Care Act

Leslie Boyd of Asheville carries a picture of her son Mike Danforth. She says Danforth could not obtain health insurance because

As expected, there were a variety of reactions yesterday in the state to the health care decision.

WFAE's Tanner Latham surveyed the different perspectives in this report.

A rally to celebrate the Supreme Court's decision on Obama's health care law was held Thursday at Gaffney Health Services on Albemarle Road in east Charlotte.

Here's a sampling of those reactions:

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NC State Researchers Develop More Accurate Test
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

NC State Researchers Develop More Accurate Test For Cat Scratch Fever

Cat scratch fever

Researchers at NC State have developed a test they say is the most effective way yet of diagnosing Cat Scratch Fever. WFAE's Marshall Terry spoke to one of the researchers.

Cat Scratch Fever is best known as a 1970s rock anthem by Ted Nugent. But the disease does really exist.
"It is an infection associated with a bacteria called Bartonella henselae," says Ed Breitschwerdt, a professor of veterinary medicine at N.C. State.

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Water Fees Rising In Charlotte
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Water Fees Rising In Charlotte

Higher utility fees take effect Sunday for Charlotte residents, with a storm water fee increase following short on its heels.

Take that long shower and water the lawn today, because it'll cost more come Sunday.

Residential water rates are going up 11 percent. The set monthly fee implemented last year to give the utility department a more stable revenue stream is also going up. All told, the average household will pay $3.30 more per month for water and sewer.

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Questions linger on Robert Pittenger land deals
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Questions linger on Robert Pittenger land deals

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A legislative vote that ignited controversy a decade ago is sparking new questions about a candidate in the runoff in the 9th Congressional District.
At issue: a 2003 vote by then-Sen. Robert Pittenger for a bill that involved land which he partly owned, a bill that ultimately helped increase the property's value.

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