Julie Rose

Reporter

Julie Rose is a freelance reporter based in Provo, Utah. Before returning to her native Utah in 2013, Julie spent nearly six years reporting for NPR member station WFAE in Charlotte, NC.  There, she covered everything from political scandal and bank bailouts to homelessness and the arts.  She's a two-time winner of a national Edward R. Murrow Award for radio writing. Prior to WFAE, Julie reported for KCPW in Salt Lake City where she got her start in radio.  Before that, she was a nonprofit fundraiser and a public relations manager in the San Francisco Bay Area.  It took a few career changes, but Julie finally found her calling in public radio reporting because she gets paid to do what she does best – be nosy. She's a graduate of the communications program at Brigham Young University and has been a frequent contributor to NPR programs. 

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Local News
12:04 am
Tue October 29, 2013

CMPD Citizens Review Board On Path To Gain Some Power

Members of a coalition called "CRB Reform Now" attend a meeting of the Charlotte City Council's Council-Manager Subcommittee which unanimously approved recommended changes to the police department's Citizens Review Board.
Credit Julie Rose

The Charlotte City Council is advancing a plan to give more power to the Citizens Review Board charged with hearing complaints of police misconduct.


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1:31 am
Mon October 28, 2013

$800K Renovation Set For Belk Theater Ladies Room

The ladies' room at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center's Belk Theater is slated to double in size with an $800,000 renovation.
Credit blumenthalarts.org

  Theater-going ladies will rejoice at an $800,000 restroom renovation on the city council's agenda Monday night.


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9:20 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Charlotte's Mayoral Choice

Democrat Patrick Cannon and Republican Edwin Peacock are vying to become Charlotte's next mayor.

Charlotte's next mayor will be either a long-time Democratic city councilman or a some-time Republican councilman with a long pedigree in Charlotte politics.  WFAE has this look at the city's mayoral choice come November 5.


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12:27 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

BofA Plods Toward More Basics, Less Risk

Bank of America continues its steady plod toward a more boring future focused on banking basics, rather than the risky behaviors that drove profits during the high-flying years.

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Local News
9:28 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Alcoa Deal At Heart Of Relicensing Effort On Shaky Ground

Alcoa shuttered its aluminum shelter on Badin Lake in 2002 and now sells the power from its Yadkin River dams. The company is seeking to renew its federal hydroelectric dam license for another 50 years. NC officials are fighting the effort.
Credit Julie Rose

  A long-standing agreement that forms the basis of Alcoa's quest for a new 50-year license to operate dams on the Yadkin River is in question. One state agency that signed onto the agreement has pulled out and other signers are pondering the same thing.


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Local News
3:32 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Food Lion Donates $500K To Help WIC Recipients During Shutdown

Food Lion has donated $500,000 in gift cards to food banks across the state, including Second Harvest, to plug a gap caused by the partial government shutdown. On Tuesday, the state stopped issuing WIC benefits that provide food to low–income women, infants and children because federal funds have run out.

Food Lion spokeswoman Christy Phillips-Brown says the gift cards in $5 increments will supplement food bank supplies that may not include essentials that WIC buys – such as baby formula and diapers.

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9:32 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Ride Apps Stymie City Council

Lyft drivers strap a fuzzy pink mustache to their own vehicles and give rides to people who summon them through a smartphone app.
Credit Julie Rose

  The Charlotte City Council is wary of a spate of new tech companies in town that let people hail a lift from a driver who has not gone through the city's inspection and permit process for cabs and limos.

Companies including Uber and Lyft have drivers who use their private vehicles and appear to fall under a new state law that exempts "digital dispatching services" from city regulation.

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Local News
9:25 am
Tue October 8, 2013

City Says Airport Books Inaccurate, Incomplete

Former aviation director Jerry Orr (r) and his attorney Richard Vinroot respond to a city audit that alleges 'inaccuracies' in airport documents.
Credit Julie Rose

An audit by the city of Charlotte has turned up a number of missing, incomplete or inaccurate documents on the airport's books that may pose a problem for federal aviation authorities. The findings are part of a series of ongoing audits into airport operations spurred by the city's fight to keep control of Charlotte Douglas International.


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4:55 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Cherokees Spend Big In NC Politics

The NC GOP will hold its 2014 state convention at Harrah's Cherokee, which is operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokees. The tribe is a major donor to political campaigns in the state.
Credit thegreatsmokies.net

North Carolina Republicans announced this week they will hold their 2014 convention at the state's only casino, operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians high in the Smoky Mountains.

The decision is of particular interest since many of the state's top Republicans – including House Speaker Thom Tillis and Governor Pat McCrory – have recently come out against plans for a competing casino two and a half hours away. That proposal comes from the Catawba Indians of South Carolina.

The Cherokees worry the competition would hurt their own casino profits and they have considerable clout with North Carolina politicians.


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6:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

The Tangled Backstory Of Catawba Nation's North Carolina Casino Quest

Mementos like this photo hang on the wall of Gilbert Blue's "Indian Room." During his time as chief, Blue was in Washington frequently to negotiate the tribe's 1993 land claim settlement.
Julie Rose

The Catawba Indians want to build a $340 million casino and resort in Kings Mountain, North Carolina – which is 45 miles northwest of their reservation in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  They've applied for federal permission to make the land a sort of annex to their reservation. 

They may also need approval from North Carolina's governor and General Assembly – but both are cool to the concept. So why not just build a casino on the tribe's existing reservation just off I-77? 


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