Ben Bradford

Reporter

Ben Bradford is a city kid, who came to Charlotte from San Francisco by way of New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Prior to his career in journalism, Ben spent time as an actor, stuntman, viral marketer, and press secretary for a Member of Congress. He graduated from UCLA in 2005 with a degree in theater and from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2012. As a reporter, his work has been featured on NPR, WNYC, the BBC, and Public Radio International.

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Local News
5:02 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

State Tax Changes Threaten Hole In Charlotte Budget

A City of Charlotte slide at the annual retreat shows budget shortfalls under three scenarios: restoration of revenue lost by the cut of the business privilege license tax, restoration of 50 percent of the revenue lost by the cut, and no restoration combined with a redistribution of the sales tax.
Credit City of Charlotte

State tax changes could chew a sizeable hole in the City of Charlotte’s pocketbook, staff told City Council members at their annual retreat Friday. Two changes—one last year and one proposed this year—have them worried.


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Local News
11:55 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Republican Lawmakers Slow The Pace

Credit Jim Bowen / Flickr

North Carolina lawmakers officially kicked off the new session two weeks ago, but the work of filing bills and committee meetings began in earnest today. Since gaining control in 2010, the Republican majority has pushed major legislation aggressively from the outset. But in their fifth year, the pace has slowed, intentionally.


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Local News
11:28 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Long Road Ahead For Oil Drilling Off-Shore North Carolina

The Obama administration is proposing to offer leases in this section of the Atlantic to oil and gas companies for drilling.
Credit Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The Obama administration has released its latest plan for oil and gas drilling off-shore the United States. It excludes restricts Alaska, but opens up parts of the Atlantic Ocean, including off the coast of North Carolina.


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Local News
7:44 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

In South Carolina, Coal Ash Clean-Up Ahead Of Schedule

While North Carolina is ramping up to close coal ash ponds around the state, removal is already underway in South Carolina, and—at one site—ahead of schedule.

South Carolina electric utility Santee Cooper entered a settlement with environmental groups in 2013, to get its coal ash—which can contain arsenic and lead—out of storage ponds near public waters.

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Local News
10:03 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Sen. Tillis Introduces His First Measure

Credit North Carolina General Assembly

It was a week of firsts for North Carolina’s new U.S. Senator, Thom Tillis. The senator filed his first legislation, an amendment Thursday that would open much of the East Coast to off-shore drilling for oil and gas.


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WFAE Talks
5:22 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

WFAE Talks Charter School Troubles, Dollar Deals

Credit WFAE

Education reporter Lisa Worf discusses the problems a few charter schools have had in staying open. In the last year, three Charlotte area charter schools have closed within their first year of operation, the most recent being Entrepreneur High School this month.

Ben Bradford discusses the Dollar Tree's purchase of Matthews-based Family Dollar. He also reveals his interest in exchanging his office chair for a stability ball.

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Local News
12:23 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Takeover By Dollar Tree

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The Great Recession hobbled the U.S. economy and crushed many businesses, but some companies thrived, including the so-called "dollar" stores.

Shoppers flocked to them because you could buy a lot with not much money. And as the economy rebounds, people are still going to some. But one chain, Family Dollar, hasn't kept pace with its competitors.

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Local News
3:41 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Fund Opens For Low-Income Duke Customers To Receive Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Lower-income customers of Duke Energy in North Carolina can now apply for energy-saving upgrades to their homes. A $20 million program funded by Duke Energy opened this week, the result of a deal Duke agreed to when it last raised rates.


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Local News
10:01 am
Fri January 16, 2015

This Week's Troubles Heighten Scrutiny Of Amateur Sports Deal

A drawing of the proposed amateur sports complex, with hotel and fieldhouse.
Credit GoodSports

This week, while problems with two of Charlotte’s major economic development deals held the spotlight, the City Council also considered entering a third. The council’s economic development committee met Thursday to discuss creating an amateur sports complex in east Charlotte. But after this week’s turmoil, there were plenty of skeptics.


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Local News
6:27 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

New Transit Needs New Revenue, Says Charlotte Mayor

Mayor Dan Clodfelter gives the State of the City address.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The City of Charlotte will need to come up with more money for transit projects, Mayor Dan Clodfelter announced during his State of the City speech Tuesday morning. The city has proposed future extension of the street car and possible rail and bus lines to the north and southeast. But Clodfelter says the state won’t support those projects as it has in the past.


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