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.

Searchers have found the body of a Charlotte man who drowned Sunday night after he jumped off a boat into Lake Norman.

The CEO of Charlotte-based snack maker Snyder's-Lance says he's not satisfied with the company's financial performance. As the company announced quarterly results Tuesday, CEO Brian Driscoll outlined a plan to increase profitability by 2020.

Santee Cooper and SCE&G had been adding two reactors at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in Fairfield County.
Santee Cooper

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Environmental groups are asking South Carolina regulators to let them comment as two utilities seek to recover billions of dollars in costs for a scuttled nuclear project. Friends of the Earth and the Sierra Club said in a filing with the Public Service Commission that the utilities shouldn’t be allowed to charge customers for a project that will never produce electricity.  

Authorities resumed a search Monday morning for the body of a 28-year-old man who drowned Sunday night while boating with friends on Lake Norman. 

Backers of a bid to bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte say they're pushing ahead, despite the county commission's decision this week not to contribute funding for a new stadium near uptown.  A statement sent on behalf of MLS4CLT says:

The owners of Blackbeard's Lodge say they'll have to work to recover from lost business during the power outage.
Blackbeard's Lodge

Full electric power has been restored and tourists are returning to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands at North Carolina's Outer Banks. A bridge construction crew cut underground transmission lines a week ago, and visitors were evacuated - at the height of the summer tourism season. WFAE's David Boraks talked to Helena Stevens, who runs the 38-room Blackbeard's Lodge on Ocracoke.

Mecklenburg County commissioners Wednesday formally approved a Nov. 7 referendum on $922 million in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools bonds and set a public hearing for Sept. 5. 

Profits were up 35 percent at Duke Energy during the second quarter compared with a year ago, helped by higher prices and strong sales of electricity. The company saw higher profits in all three of its main businesses: gas, commercial renewable energy, and the largest - electricity.

Supporters of more funding for parks and greenways waved signs at Wednesday's county commission meeting.
David Boraks / WFAE

In a big blow to Charlotte's bid for a Major League Soccer team, the Mecklenburg County Commission voted 5-3 Wednesday night not to help fund a new stadium near uptown. Instead, under a motion put forward by stadium opponents, they voted to fund long-delayed parks projects, and to offer the county-owned Memorial Stadium to the city of Charlotte. 

Mecklenburg County commissioners are scheduled to vote Wednesday night whether to help fund a new Major League Soccer stadium in Charlotte. That discussion could include two compromises - one by the county manager to fund both the stadium and parks projects, and another from commissioners opposed to the MLS deal.

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