Donors offer "Moore" to homeless
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Fri May 15, 2009

Donors Offer 'Moore' To Homeless

Credit Julie Rose

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NC to monitor toxic emissions more closely
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Fri May 15, 2009

NC to monitor toxic emissions more closely

North Carolina has a new air quality rule that cracks down on toxic pollutants from factories and power plants across the state. WFAE's Julie Rose reports:

The rule applies to about a hundred pollutants like mercury and benzene. North Carolina calls them "air toxics" and they're regulated differently than carbon dioxide or nitrogen oxide.

"But often times they can be harmful at much lower levels than primary air pollutants," says Tom Mather of the NC Division of Air Quality.

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Phelps's chance to make the pool the center of
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Fri May 15, 2009

Phelps's chance to make the pool the center of attention again

Swimmer Michael Phelps competes at Charlotte UltraSwim 2009 Friday morning.

Michael Phelps was back in the pool today competing in Charlotte. It's the first time he's raced since winning eight gold medals and since a photo of him with a marijuana bong surfaced. He's reaped praise for his Olympic feat and apologized for what he calls regrettable behavior. Now is Phelps's first chance to once again make his performance in the pool the center of attention, but that may not be so easy.

The white-capped swimmer that dozens of fans and press are focusing their cameras on doesn't need an introduction, but he gets one anyway.

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Dyslexia
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Fri May 15, 2009

Dyslexia

Dyslexia
Ron Davis was born deeply dyslexic. He was labeled mentally handicapped at school, endured abuse and could not speak clearly or read at all until he was an adult- even with an IQ of 137. Then Mr. Davis discovered a method to emerge from his Dyslexia and went on to become an engineer, businessman and now an author. He calls his Dyslexia a gift- we'll find out why.
GuestRon Davis - Author, The Gift of Dyslexia

More information at Davis Dyslexia Association International

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Bank of America 500 name changes (to something
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Fri May 15, 2009

Bank of America 500 name changes (to something really long)

The October NASCAR race at Lowe's Motor Speedway is getting a new name from its sponsor Bank of America. WFAE's Simone Orendain reports:
It's no longer the Bank of America 500 it's now - get ready for this - the NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America.

Several corporations that received federal bailout money are dropping their names from sponsorships.

But Bank of America spokesman Joe Goode says this has nothing to do with that. He says that the re-branding plan started more than a year ago.

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Belmont, Gastonia residents rally against garden
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Thu May 14, 2009

Belmont, Gastonia residents rally against garden parkway

Residents of Belmont and Gastonia are organizing to oppose plans for a new toll road - called the Garden Parkway - that would cut through their neighborhoods. WFAE's Julie Rose reports:

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Johnson C. Smith University won't raise tuition
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Thu May 14, 2009

Johnson C. Smith University won't raise tuition for next year

Johnson C. Smith University has decided not to increase tuition for next school year.

For the third year in a row, the cost of tuition at Johnson C. Smith University will be the same. University officials say they heard from many students last year who decided to switch colleges because they couldn't afford the school. Benny Smith, a university spokesman, says the school hopes keeping tuition steady will mean it can attract and hold on to more students.

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Half percent pay cut for 10 hours off at CMS
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Thu May 14, 2009

Half percent pay cut for 10 hours off at CMS

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School board approved an across the board pay cut of a half percent through June 30. In exchange, employees will have 10 hours of vacation time. WFAE's Simone Orendain reports:
Superintendent Peter Gorman says trimming .5 percent from salaries saves around $3.8 million.

But Gorman says timing is essential because some employees have just one paycheck coming before the school year ends.

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Easley's 'Executive Privilege'
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Thu May 14, 2009

Easley's 'Executive Privilege'

The North Carolina Board of Elections is investigating former Gov. Mike Easley in response to reporting in the Raleigh News & Observer. In a series called Executive Privilege, the newspaper reports that Easley received extensive flight benefits from supporters and didn't report them in campaign and ethics disclosure reports. As governor, Easley appointed these supporters to key state boards.
Andy Curliss filed these reports. He tells WFAE's Scott Graf that he first became suspicious when Easley refused to release travel records while he was governor.

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Chad Lawson / NC's Record Breaking Concert
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Thu May 14, 2009

Chad Lawson / NC's Record Breaking Concert

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Part One: Chad Lawson Music
Charlotte composer and pianist Chad Lawson of the Chad Lawson Trio just released his first solo effort, Set on a Hill. We'll discuss his decision to record a solo CD, about the writing and recording process, his move back to Charlotte from New York City, and hear some of his new music.
GuestChad Lawson - Composer & Pianist, Chad Lawson Trio

Chad Lawson will perform May 17th in Charlotte at Jazz Vesper: Charlotte

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