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.

A South Carolina judge says the special prosecutor overseeing an investigation into corruption at the Statehouse can stay on the case. 

Yency Contreras
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney says he's struggling to recruit Latinos and other Spanish-speaking officers, as the city's Hispanic community grows. It’s now about 13 percent of the population, but only about 6 percent of CMPD’s 1,900 officers are Latino.

Hickory will allow food trucks on certain city properties.
City of Hickory

The Hickory City Council has approved new rules to let food trucks and food carts operate in some city parks and parking lots.

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Flickr/Tony Webster

Updated 11:30 a.m.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are investigating three more homicides, which happened about a half-hour apart Tuesday night.

The Allen plant in Belmont was one of the places Duke Energy used calcium bromide to help remove mercury from coal.  Bromide later was found in Charlotte's Water supply.
David Boraks / WFAE

Duke Energy has withdrawn a request for state permission to use an additive at its coal-fired power plants that caused problems two years ago with Charlotte's drinking water. Environmental groups had sued, and celebrated the move. Duke said its decision was unrelated to the challenge.

Murders were reported on Sunday in both Charlotte and Hickory. Meanwhile, police are asking for help finding the driver of a white SUV who struck and killed another man on Freedom Drive, then left the scene. And N.C. civil rights leader William Barber and other activists have been banned from the state legislature after his arrest in recent health care protest.

CEO Michael Marsicano spoke at the Foundation for the Carolinas annual meeting in March.
Sean Busher

The Foundation for the Carolinas has become a driving force in the Charlotte region on issues like the environment, education, social services and the arts. It's also helping transform uptown, including a project just begun - the $100 million Carolina Theatre renovation and hotel development on North Tryon Street.

Charlotte's bid for a Major League Soccer franchise has overshadowed the fact that the city already has a professional soccer team - the Charlotte Independence, in the United Soccer League. They'll celebrate a milestone Saturday night, when they move into a new 2,500-seat stadium in Matthews.

David Boraks / WFAE

More drones are flying in North Carolina skies, and that’s leading to more close encounters with aircraft - like two last week over Charlotte. One involved a police helicopter, the other an American Airlines jet. The problem, authorities say, is many operators don’t know the law.

An NCDOT traffic camera showed I-77 northbound at Mile 21 jammed around 2 p.m. on May 12 because of work on the damaged sign near Exit 31.
NCDOT

NCDOT has fined the lead contractor on the I-77 toll lanes project $412,500 for daytime lane closures after construction accident in Mooresville last month that caused a day-long traffic jam. The DOT notified I-77 Mobility Partners of the penalty in a letter Thursday.

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