Common Complaints Emerge From Revaluation Hearings
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Common Complaints Emerge From Revaluation Hearings

A private firm enlisted to investigate Mecklenburg County's 2011 property revaluation is nearing the end of a public hearing schedule.

Seventy-seven people attended a hearing in Matthews last week to sound-off on the county's revaluation process. A hearing in Cornelius drew 170 people and went for three hours. The next two meetings - on Beatties Ford Road last week and at the Government Center last night drew fewer than 20 people each.

But attendance numbers aside, audit manager Emmett Curl says the hearings are yielding a similar set of concerns.

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Charlotte Observer: Mecklenburg Commissioners Cool
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Observer: Mecklenburg Commissioners Cool To City, County Merger

A proposal by Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to study political consolidation of the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County governments appears to have little support among county commissioners.
Only one commissioner, George Dunlap, a Democrat, said he would vote yes to a study. Democrat Jennifer Roberts and Chair Harold Cogdell, who is unaffiliated, said they would consider it, but only if the county's municipalities are well-represented in the process.
Cogdell said he also would like the study to include nonpartisan elections.

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Duke Provides Thousands Of Emails, Internal Docs
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Duke Provides Thousands Of Emails, Internal Docs For Investigation

Duke Energy has given thousands of internal documents and emails to North Carolina utility regulators in an ongoing investigation over the company's recent merger with Progress Energy.

North Carolina Utilities Commissioners are trying to figure out if Duke Energy misled them in pushing for approval of the merger with Progress Energy and then abruptly ousting the company's would-be-CEO.

These documents are the next step in that investigation, though most of them will not be released to the public.

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Chiquita To Cut Jobs, CEO Stepping Down
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Chiquita To Cut Jobs, CEO Stepping Down

Fernando Aguirre. Photo: Tanner Latham

Fernando Aguirre. Photo: Tanner Latham

Chiquita Brands International - which recently relocated its headquarters to Charlotte - announced plans to cut 300 jobs and replace CEO Fernando Aguirre.

The company is restructuring to address lagging profits and save at least $60 million a year. The impending job cuts will touch all levels of the company, but Aguirre told investors Chiquita is still committed to Charlotte.

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DNC 2012 Security Plan Released
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

DNC 2012 Security Plan Released

Time Warner Cable Arena Vehicle and Parking Restrictions. Click to enlarge.

Time Warner Cable Arena Vehicle and Parking Restrictions. Click to enlarge.

Time Warner Cable Arena Pedestrian Restrictions

Charlotte Convention Center Vehicle, Parking and Pedestrian Restrictions

Bank of America Stadium Vehicle and Parking Restrictions

Bank of America Stadium Pedestrian Restrictions

Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Complex Vehicle, Parking and Pedestrian Restrictions.

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The Science Behind Lake Norman's Fish Kills
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

The Science Behind Lake Norman's Fish Kills

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NC Eugenics Victims, Advocates Wonder What Next?
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

NC Eugenics Victims, Advocates Wonder What Next?

Old newspaper clippings about NC's eugenics program. Phtoto: Julie Rose

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Details Of DNC 2012 Security Plan Unveiled
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Details Of DNC 2012 Security Plan Unveiled

The Democratic National Convention will soon put Charlotte in the spotlight. But it will also create some hassles for Uptown residents and commuters. Wednesday, we found out where you can and can't go. The City of Charlotte and the Secret Service released their transportation and security plans for September 2 through 6.

WFAE's Lisa Miller is in the studio to talk about what uptown will be like then.

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Slam Poets Take National Stage In Charlotte
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Slam Poets Take National Stage In Charlotte

The national championships of slam poetry are in Charlotte for the first time. Every evening through Saturday, poets are on stage Uptown trying to win over audiences with an art form that's as much performance as poetry.

When a slam poet performs, they call it "spitting."

When BlaqBaree spits, she has the staccato-and-punch delivery that makes slam poetry so distinctive. But BlaqBaree (she goes by Rochelle Stanley when she's teaching English at Garringer High School) says there's really only one rule for the genre.

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Curling In Charlotte?
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Curling In Charlotte?

The sport of curling traces its roots to 16th century Scotland. Photo: Tanner Latham

The sport of curling traces its roots to 16th century Scotland. Photo: Tanner Latham

We've only got a few more days left in the Summer Olympics. But here in Charlotte, one group is focused on a Winter Olympic sport. This local curling club takes to the ice, even in the middle of the summer.

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