The Two-Way
1:40 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

More Of The Nation Is Getting The Worst Of The Drought

This week's drought map.
National Drought Mitigation Center

The drought gripping much of the nation is "exceptional" — the most severe classification — in an area covering 6.26 percent of the lower 48 states, according to the latest data from the National Drought Mitigation Center.

That's up from 4.21 percent the week before.

The center's latest map shows increases in size of the areas in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Missouri that are experiencing exceptional drought conditions.

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Movie Interviews
1:39 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Frank Langella Embodies Wicked In 'Robot & Frank'

In Robot & Frank, a robot cares for an aging ex-burglar who has dementia. Frank Langella, who plays the burglar, says his character "becomes fond of the robot only because it is a tool for his wicked, wicked ways."
Samuel Goldwyn Films and Stage 6 Films

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 10:07 am

Frank Langella's career has not been an upward trajectory of success — and he likes it that way. He's had memorable roles on stage and screen, and times when he couldn't find work, or even an agent.

Now at 74, Langella is as busy as ever, and, as he tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies, he's never been hungrier to act.

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The Two-Way
1:39 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

A Gift From The Interwebs: A Brilliant Auto-Tuned Burger Review

A screenshot from a YouTube video.
YouTube

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 1:42 pm

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Blended Duke/Progress Fleets Bring Savings
1:00 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Blended Duke/Progress Fleets Bring Savings

The" trading floor" at Duke Energy's Uptown headquarters. Photo: Julie Rose

The trading floor at Duke Energy's Uptown headquarters. Photo: Julie Rose

The merger between Duke and Progress Energy is still under investigation by state regulators, but that hasn't stopped the companies from moving ahead with the marriage.

They're actually obligated to start generating significant savings for customers right off the bat. Much of those savings originate in a heavily-secured room full of computer screens at Duke's Uptown headquarters.

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CMS Looks At Why So Many At Two Schools Didn't
1:00 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

CMS Looks At Why So Many At Two Schools Didn't Take Tests

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has released student end of year test scores for all of its schools, except two. West Charlotte and Harding high schools didn't have enough students taking the tests to post official scores for those schools. The state requires a school to test 95 percent of students in a course. Last night, school board members asked what happened.

Superintendent Heath Morrison questioned whether leaders at West Charlotte tried hard enough to get students to take them. But at Harding he said it was a different case.

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CMS Board Frustrated Reform Hasn't Lived Up To
1:00 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

CMS Board Frustrated Reform Hasn't Lived Up To Expectation

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has been trying to get its best teachers and principals in the most struggling schools through an initiative called strategic staffing. The schools have made big gains, but they're still far from where the district expected them to be at this point. Several school board members voiced frustration about that at Wednesday night's meeting.

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Charlotte Observer: Romney, Democrats Feud Over
1:00 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Charlotte Observer: Romney, Democrats Feud Over Medicare

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves as he leaves a fundraiser at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte on Wednesday,

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves as he leaves a fundraiser at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. TODD SUMLIN

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Charlotte Babies Get Live Theater Just For Them
1:00 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Charlotte Babies Get Live Theater Just For Them

Children watching "Psshh" at Children's Theatre. Photo: Julie Rose

Children watching "Psshh" at Children's Theatre. Photo: Julie Rose

Children's Theatre of Charlotte has long offered plays for teens, "tweens" and kindergarteners, but until now, the "under-three" set had to sit out live theater.

There's a reason parents are typically encouraged to leave the littlest ones at home, says Andrea Bruno. Her son Liam is two-and-a-half.

"Yeah, at his age, it's kinda tough, I mean they're very active," says Bruno, with a chuckle. "They don't want to sit still. So, yeah. Sometimes it's not always a good idea."

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CMS Gets Ready For The Beginning Of The School
1:00 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

CMS Gets Ready For The Beginning Of The School Year

Charlotte Mecklenburg School teachers headed back to work Thursday to start preparing for students' arrival on August 27. The district doesn't expect to be scrambling to hire teachers as the school year starts like in past years. CMS Auxiliary Services Director Kathryn Block says CMS has a lot of hiring out the way and is in good shape at this point. The district has filled nearly 99 percent of teaching positions.
"It's not about putting a body in the seat. It is about the quality of the teachers we're putting in our classrooms," says Block.

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National Cycling Championships Come To Rock Hill
1:00 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

National Cycling Championships Come To Rock Hill

The new Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill is hosting its first national championships this weekend. Cyclists are coming from around the country to compete in what's called the Elite Omnium.

The Omnium is to bikes what the decathlon is to track and field. Thad Fischer is the man in charge of all things cycling for the city of Rock Hill.

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