Charlotte Airmen In NM Fighting Fire On 4th
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Mon July 4, 2011

Charlotte Airmen In NM Fighting Fire On 4th

Twenty-five members of a Charlotte-based North Carolina Air National Guard unit are in New Mexico this 4th of July helping fight a wildfire that has already burned more than 120,000 acres.

The NCNG 145th Airlift Wing was called to New Mexico by the Forest Service two weeks ago where it has carried out multiple missions each day to drop fire retardant on the flames from specially-equipped planes. 1st Lieutenant Michael Wilber says such deployments are popular with the Charlotte crew.

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Was the Civil War Necessary? (Rebroadcast)
1:00 pm
Mon July 4, 2011

Was the Civil War Necessary? (Rebroadcast)

Haile Gold Mine In Upstate SC Gets 12-Month
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Mon July 4, 2011

Haile Gold Mine In Upstate SC Gets 12-Month Regulatory Delay

Efforts to reopen a nearly 200-year-old gold mine in Upstate South Carolina hit a snag over the weekend. Federal regulators say the mining company Romarco Minerals must prepare a full Environmental Impact Statement that will set the project back 12 months

All the easy-to-reach nuggets in the Haile Gold Mine about 60 miles south of Charlotte are long gone. But a Toronto company called Romarco Minerals is undeterred.

"The gold's still in the ground, we're still finding it," says Romarco President and CEO Diane Garrett.

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Bigger Water Bills Coming In Mecklenburg County
1:00 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Bigger Water Bills Coming In Mecklenburg County

Charlotte Urban Designer’s Roundtable
1:00 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Charlotte Urban Designer’s Roundtable

One of many winding, tree lined avenues in Charlotte's Myers Park neighborhood.

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Duke Energy Proposes Rate Hike
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Fri July 1, 2011

Duke Energy Proposes Rate Hike

Duke Energy wants to raise electric rates for its residential customers in North Carolina next year by an average seventeen percent. The company on Friday filed a rate hike request with the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Duke Energy spokesman Jason Walls says the request is designed to help the company recoup $4.8 billion the company has invested since 2009 in new power plants, new transmission and distribution infrastructure, and other costs for its electrical system.

'Godly Men' Will Help Keep the Peace Uptown on
1:00 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

'Godly Men' Will Help Keep the Peace Uptown on July 4th

Members of Men Who Care Global.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and city officials are mobilizing to prevent a repeat of Memorial Day violence Uptown over the coming holiday weekend. They'll have help from a newly-formed group of African American men.

"Godly men" is how this group describes itself, so an opening prayer was fitting for their kick-off at City Hall.

The new group's official name is "Men Who Care Global." Former city councilman and African American businessman Ron Leeper organized them four weeks ago, inspired by the violence Uptown over Memorial Day.

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Former 'Giving Tree' Worker To Spend 6 Months In
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Thu June 30, 2011

Former 'Giving Tree' Worker To Spend 6 Months In Prison

A former Mecklenburg County staffer found guilty of embezzling money meant to buy gifts for needy children will spend six months in prison.

Cindy E. Brady was sentenced yesterday. She pleaded guilty to last summer to stealing more than $167,000 from the county's "Giving Tree" charity program between 2007 and 2009. Brady altered receipts to hide the funds she took to pay off credit card debt, among other things.

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Friday Night Bluegrass A Hit At General Store
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Thu June 30, 2011

Friday Night Bluegrass A Hit At General Store

Friday night bluegrass jam at E. H. Montgomery General Store. Photo: Marshall Terry

During the day the E.H. Montgomery General Store in Gold Hill in Rowan County is just that - a general store with jams, jellies, old-fashioned candy, and soda in glass bottles. But every Friday night the store becomes a music hall where a group of local musicians gets together and plays bluegrass.

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Charlotte Non-Profits Focusing On Homeless
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Thu June 30, 2011

Charlotte Non-Profits Focusing On Homeless Families Merge

Current site of Charlotte Emergency Housing. align=left

Three Charlotte non-profits are merging to more efficiently help homeless families find permanent housing.

Charlotte Emergency Housing, Family Promise and the WISH Program all help homeless families find housing and a path to self-sufficiency.

Up until now, they were going about their work separately. Darren Ash, the head of the newly-formed Charlotte Family Housing, says it became more and more apparent the groups should merge.

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