NC Zoo Elephant Getting Contacts?
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Fri August 24, 2012

NC Zoo Elephant Getting Contacts?

Csar. Photo courtesy NC Zoo.

C'sar.

If you can't see well, you get glasses or contacts. But what if you're an elephant? It may be the same solution. The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro is looking at fitting its oldest elephant - who's name is C'sar - with a pair of contacts to correct his failing vision. WFAE's Marshall Terry went to the zoo to find out more.

DeVoe: I'm Dr. Ryan DeVoe. I'm the senior veterinarian at the North Carolina Zoo.

Terry: So these must be pretty big contacts we're talking about?

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AT And T Provides Cell Coverage For DNC
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Fri August 24, 2012

AT And T Provides Cell Coverage For DNC

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NC Education Budget Includes Small Raise And
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Fri August 24, 2012

NC Education Budget Includes Small Raise And Several Policy Changes

North Carolina lawmakers have passed a budget that includes a 1.2 percent pay raise for teachers. It also includes several parts of what Republicans in the Senate call a major reform bill.

The budget includes $27 million for a package of education changes. Among those is an emphasis on reading in early grades. Struggling students will get extra help with reading, but if they aren't reading at grade-level by the end of third grade, they'll be held back.

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NC Budget Includes Money For Light Rail, Not For
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Fri August 24, 2012

NC Budget Includes Money For Light Rail, Not For Garden Parkway

North Carolina lawmakers have passed a budget that includes money for light rail from Uptown Charlotte to the University area. But it doesn't set aside any money for the proposed Garden Parkway toll road.
Twenty-five million dollars for the light rail made it into this year's budget. Like last year it was a close call. The House wanted it and the Senate did not.
The Federal Transit Administration has said it's likely the agency will pay for half of the project. But the state has to pitch in a quarter of the line's $1.16 billion cost.

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Charlotte Observer: Moody's Cuts Debt Rating Of
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Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Observer: Moody's Cuts Debt Rating Of Bank Of America, 14 Others

Bank of America Corp. was one of 15 large banks downgraded by Moody's Investors Service on Thursday, putting the Charlotte bank's long-term debt rating just two notches above "junk" status.
The bank moved down one notch, the latest in a series of downgrades from the three primary ratings agencies over the last year and a reflection of the bank's volatile earnings and an increasingly uncertain global market.

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Charlotte Observer- To Split Or Not: N.C. Law
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Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Observer- To Split Or Not: N.C. Law Gives Twins' Parents Power

Sharon Thorsland along with her twins, Sena Everett and Gunnar Everett, both 6-years old. T.Ortega Gaines

Sharon Thorsland along with her twins, Sena Everett and Gunnar Everett, both 6-years old. Photo: T.Ortega Gaines

Amid the hullabaloo over education laws in Raleigh, one school bill slipped by almost unnoticed.

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Strip Clubs Pony Up For The DNC
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Fri August 24, 2012

Strip Clubs Pony Up For The DNC

Slim Baucom owns seven clubs in the Charlotte area. He’s been in the strip club business for almost 30 years.

Slim Baucom owns seven clubs in the Charlotte area. He's been in the strip club business for almost 30 years. Photo: Tanner Latham

It's not just city officials and business leaders rolling out the red carpet for the DNC.

So is the adult entertainment industry. The same thing is happening in Tampa, the site of the Republican National Convention.

As WFAE's Tanner Latham reports, strip club owners, managers, and dancers are all hoping to cash in on the excitement.

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Charlotte Observer: Fire Damages Well-Known Shelby
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Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Observer: Fire Damages Well-Known Shelby BBQ Eatery

Red Bridges Barbecue. Photo: Erin Sutton

City Budget Still Up In The Air
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Fri August 24, 2012

City Budget Still Up In The Air

The Charlotte City Council will take another stab at passing a budget and infrastructure plan tonight, but as of this afternoon, they're still sharply divided on how much to raise property taxes.

WFAE's Julie Rose is at City Hall and joins WFAE's Mark Rumsey by phone.

MARK: Julie, what's the status of that 8 percent tax increase the council rejected two weeks ago?

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Loray Mill Project Gets Financing... Finally
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Fri August 24, 2012

Loray Mill Project Gets Financing... Finally

The massive Loray Mill has been sitting vacant in Gastonia for nearly two decades, but that could be about to change. Camden Development Partners wants to build 190 loft apartments there along with space for shops. City officials announced Monday the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has committed to financing.

Jack Kiser with the City of Gastonia has high hopes for the Loray Mill.

"It is in an area that will have tremendous catalytic effect in turning around real estate and creating an opportunity for new investment," says Kiser.

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