David Boraks

Environmental Reporter

David Boraks covers Energy and the Environment and other topics for WFAE. He also has worked as a "Charlotte Talks" producer (2015-16) and as weekend host (2007-2016). He's a veteran Charlotte-area journalist who previously published the online community news network that included DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net (2006-2015).

He also has worked for American Banker (2000-2005), The Charlotte Observer (1993-2000), The China News in Taipei (1991), The Cambridge (Mass.) Chronicle (1989-1991) and The Hartford Courant (1986-89).

David has a bachelor's  degree in history from Cornell University and a master's degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke in Charlotte Friday.
David Boraks / WFAE

Vice President Mike Pence said in Charlotte Friday that President Donald Trump is leading a national comeback, thanks to tax cuts, reduced regulations and a stronger military. 

Acroterion / Wikimedia Commons

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against a Charlotte man's lawsuit that challenged North Carolina's "winner-take-all" electoral vote system.  The court upheld a lower court's dismissal of the federal suit by retired Charlotte lawyer Ronald Calvin Williams. 

File photo from Sept. 22, 2016
Gage Skidmore/ Wikimedia Commons

Vice President Mike Pence will be in Charlotte Friday afternoon, promoting tax cuts signed into law by President Trump in December.

Drawing shows the concept for a redevelopment of two blocks along North Tryon Street in Charlotte.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library/DaVinci Development Collaborative

Forces are at work behind the scenes on a series of projects expected to transform the 50-block North Tryon Street area in Uptown Charlotte. Developers, property owners and others involved are offering the public a look at what's to come at a free event Thursday night with food and entertainment.

Air quality in the Carolinas has improved in recent years, thanks to environmental laws.
David Boraks / WFAE

The American Lung Association's annual air quality report is out. It gives good grades overall for air quality in the Carolinas, though some cities saw slight increases in bad air days between 2014 and 2016 - the latest data available.

Two of Europe's top professional soccer clubs will face off in Charlotte this summer as part of an international soccer tournament.  England's Liverpool plays Germany's Dortmund on Sunday, July 22, at 4 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium.

cyber security graphic
Flickr/Blogtrepreneur

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio will ask county commissioners Tuesday night to approve spending an additional $2.3 million to speed up cybersecurity projects. The request comes four months after a ransomware attack that crippled county computer systems. 

NC WARN owns the solar panels it installed on Faith Community Church in Greensboro, and had been selling electricity to the church. But it has stopped the sales, after an order by regulators.
NC WARN

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether it's legal for anyone other than a public utility to sell electricity in North Carolina.

Wells Fargo sign at a bank branch
Flickr / Mike Mozart

It could be several weeks before Wells Fargo and its investors know the final cost of settling federal regulatory investigations into allegations that it overcharged borrowers. Last week, the bank, with its east coast headquarters in Charlotte, acknowledged it could be as much as $1 billion. 

Rebates would help pay for solar panels on a rooftop
Elliot Brown / Flickr

Duke Energy customers in North Carolina will be able to get rebates of up to $6,000 each beginning this summer for installing solar panels on their homes.  The four-year, $62 million rebate program was approved by state regulators last week. It's required under a 2017 state law designed to keep solar power growing in North Carolina.

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