David Boraks

Reporter

David Boraks covers energy & the environment, politics & government, transportation and other topics for WFAE.  He previously worked as a "Charlotte Talks" producer (2015-16) and 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.

Workers have nearly completed an expansion of Concourse A at Charlotte-Douglas airport. It's scheduled to open in a few weeks.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Charlotte Douglas International Airport's $2.5 billion expansion will hit a big milestone in a few weeks - the opening of an expanded Concourse A.

The bodies of two boaters  missing on Lake Norman over the weekend were found Sunday.  The two men were reported missing Friday night after they failed to return from fishing.  

Bouchra Idlibi of Charlotte brought her children to a protest of the travel ban in January. She said she's a Syrian-American.
David Boraks / WFAE

Muslims and immigrant advocates in North Carolina reacted with dismay Tuesday to news that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump's executive order limiting travel from a group of primarily Muslim-majority countries.

President Donald Trump campaigned for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster in West Columbia June 25.
David Boraks / WFAE

President Donald Trump's appearance in South Carolina last night was billed as a campaign rally for Governor Henry McMaster before today's Republican primary runoff against challenger John Warren.  Trump did call McMaster to the stage briefly, but the event mostly was a chance for the president to tout his own achievements before a crowd of faithful supporters.

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Duke Energy says state regulators' Friday order denying its request for a rate hike in its western North Carolina territory could still mean a small rate increase for customers. 

Duke Energy headquarters in Charlotte.
David Boraks / WFAE

State regulators have rejected Duke Energy's request for a rate increase and instead ordered slight rate reductions in its western North Carolina territory, including Charlotte. The order doesn't say exactly what Duke's new rates will be, and it's still possible some customers could see slight rate increases.

Border patrol car patroling on border
By Hillebrand Steve, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

At least five children who were separated from their parents at the U.S. southern border have been placed in foster care in South Carolina. In North Carolina, officials who resettle immigrants say they're not aware of any children currently being housed in the state after being separated from their families at the border. But they say the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy is affecting immigrants already here.

Jaki Shelton Green
Courtesy of Office of Governor Roy Cooper

Writer and poet Jaki Shelton Green has been named North Carolina's ninth poet laureate. She's the first black woman to receive the honor. Green replaces Shelby Stephenson, who has been poet laureate since 2015.

David Boraks / WFAE

The season is over for Charlotte's startup indoor football team, the Carolina Energy. On Saturday, they lost a playoff game to the league-leading Richmond Roughriders, 57-43, in Richmond. 

Workers build concrete barriers along I-77 north of Charlotte, as part of the I-77 Express Lanes project.
I-77 Mobility Partners

State legislation to fund a possible buyout or changes to the North Carolina Department of Transportation's I-77 toll lane project near Charlotte has died. That's according to state Sen. Jeff Tarte (R-Cornelius), who wrote a key amendment to provide the funding.  

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