Cabarrus Senator Hartsell Seeks UNC-TV's Alcoa
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Fri July 2, 2010

Cabarrus Senator Hartsell Seeks UNC-TV's Alcoa Footage

Public television station UNC-TV plans to air a series of reports on the Yadkin River and efforts to keep Alcoa from getting federal approval to operate dams for another 50 years.

But Republican Senator Fletcher Hartsell of Concord plans to beat the station on its own story. He believes UNC-TV has material that will help his efforts to put the dams under state control.

So Hartsell and the judiciary committee he heads have subpoenaed all footage that was shot for the stories.

Here's how Senator Hartsell sees things.

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Mayor Foxx Says Preparing Charlotte For DNC 2012
1:00 pm
Fri July 2, 2010

Mayor Foxx Says Preparing Charlotte For DNC 2012 Will Cost $45 Million

Charlotte is just one of four cities on the short list to host the Democratic National Convention in 2012. But if Charlotte gets picked, it needs to raise about $45 million.

One of the biggest expenses would be remodeling the five-year-old Time Warner Cable Arena. Mayor Anthony Foxx says that alone would cost $10 to $15 million.

"They pull seats out, they - they basically reconstruct that part of the arena to accommodate the stage," says Foxx. "It's a very significant undertaking. And then they put it back when they leave."

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A WFAE Dispatch From The Gulf
1:00 pm
Fri July 2, 2010

A WFAE Dispatch From The Gulf

WFAE's Julie Rose

As the Gulf oil spill stretches into its third month, reporting the story has become a marathon for national news outlets. NPR has been rotating a team of reporters through the region since the day the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded. WFAE's Julie Rose has been part of that team this week and sends a postcard from New Orleans.

I made sure to pack old shoes when I left for New Orleans because - from what I'd seen on the news - there was black gunk rolling up on every Gulf beach. I figured I'd be slogging through it.

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Grilling with PBS' Steven Raichlen (Rebroadcast)
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Fri July 2, 2010

Grilling with PBS' Steven Raichlen (Rebroadcast)

South Carolina Setting Up Infrastructure For
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Thu July 1, 2010

South Carolina Setting Up Infrastructure For Electric Cars

South Carolina has some of the lowest gas prices in the country. But that's not stopping one organization from setting the stage for electric vehicles in South Carolina. They've made plans to install about 100 electric car charging stations in seven cities across the state.

One of those cities is appropriately Greenville.

Plug-In Carolina received nearly half a million dollars in federal and state grant money to help put charging stations in locations where vehicles tend to stay a while.

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On the Grid
1:00 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

On the Grid

On the Grid
We meet North Carolina author Scott Huler, who has written about everything from NASCAR to the death penalty, and from bikini wax to the airline industry. His latest book, On the Grid is a look at the wires, pipes, utility poles, cell towers and other systems that shape our society. We'll talk about his research, what he learned, and about the state of our infrastructure through his eyes.
Guest
Scott Huler - Author of several books, On the Grid is his latest

Scott Huler's website
Amazon | On the Grid by Scott Huler

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Commentary: The Cure For Market Volatility?
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Thu July 1, 2010

Commentary: The Cure For Market Volatility? Vertigo Support

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If you've been following the stock market, you know it's been volatile. The Dow Jones Industrial average dropped 10 percent in the second quarter that ended yesterday. It was the first quarterly drop since the first quarterly drop in more than a yeart.

If this concerns you, listen up. WFAE commentator Martha Catt thinks she's come across something that will help.

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School Board Work Session Fails To Hammer Out
1:00 pm
Wed June 30, 2010

School Board Work Session Fails To Hammer Out Details

The Charlotte Mecklenburg school board yesterday laid out a set of criteria for Superintendent Peter Gorman. They're supposed to help CMS craft future student assignment plans. But school board members are having difficulty agreeing on the details.

After four hours of discussion, an unofficial tally of points at yesterday's School Board work session was left open to interpretation.

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SC Peach Growers Hoping Dry Weather Won't Sour
1:00 pm
Wed June 30, 2010

SC Peach Growers Hoping Dry Weather Won't Sour Sweet Harvest

Peaches for sale.

South Carolina peach growers are in the middle of what they say is their best harvest in years.

2010 started out perfectly for South Carolina's peach orchards. Temperatures were just right and rain was plentiful. As a result, Andy Rollins with the Clemson University Extension Service says those who love the fuzzy fruit are getting ready to enter the sweet spot of the summer.

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Shoppers Take In Eastland One More (Last?) Time
1:00 pm
Wed June 30, 2010

Shoppers Take In Eastland One More (Last?) Time

Faded store signs. Boxed-up merchandise. Moving trucks. Quiet hallways. This is not how Eastland Mall used to look.

After 35 years, the mall opened its doors this morning for what could be the final time.

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