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
4:49 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Duke's 2012 Earnings Bolstered By Higher Rates

Duke Energy reported earnings of $3.07 per share for 2012, compared to $3.83 in 2011. The number would have been far lower without a 7-percent rate increase in the Carolinas.
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Duke Energy reported modest earnings for 2012 of about $3 per share – but the number would have been much lower if Duke hadn't raised electric rates in the Carolinas by 7 percent last year. WFAE's Julie Rose reports on this classic case of conflicting interests – where pain for ratepayers means profit for investors:

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Local News
9:42 am
Tue February 12, 2013

What's So Special About A Special Superior Court Judge?

The Government Reorganization and Efficiency Act - which has passed the North Carolina senate and will now be considered by the House – has gotten a lot of attention because it would allow Republican leaders to remake a number of powerful commissions and regulatory bodies.  But the Act would also eliminate 12 Special Superior Court Judge positions – which got us wondering what a special superior court judge is.  So, we asked WFAE's Julie Rose to find out.

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Local News
4:38 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Council, Panthers Strike Deal That Calls For $143 Million From City

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The Charlotte City Council this afternoon reached a tentative deal with the Carolina  Panthers to spend $143 million on improvements at Bank of America Stadium.  In exchange, the Panthers agree to stay in Charlotte for at least 15 years. Without this deal, City Attorney Bob Hagemann says the city could lose the team at any time.

"It's a lot of money, but if the public would look at other NFL stadium deals in recent years, this is relatively modest and we think this is a very good deal to keep such an important asset – one of 32 NFL franchises – here in North Carolina," he said.

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Local News
3:55 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Former Charlotte Mayor Gantt's Civil Rights Victory Featured In New Film

Harvey Gantt smiles for reporters on Jan. 23, 1968 - the day he became the first African American to enroll at Clemson University in South Carolina.
Credit Cecil Williams via scetv.org

Charlotte newcomers may recognize the name "Gantt" because it's on the Center for African Arts and Culture Uptown. They may even know Harvey Gantt was the city's first African American mayor. But the name carries even more weight in South Carolina, where Gantt had a major role in desegregation. That is the subject of a new documentary airing this weekend on ETV – the South Carolina public television station.  WFAE's Julie Rose explains:

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Local News
4:33 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Aviation Director Mum As Tussle Over Charlotte Airport Intensifies

Charlotte Aviation Director Jerry Orr (l) and Airport Advisory Committee Chairman Shawn Dorsch at a meeting on 2/7/13.
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A power struggle is afoot over Charlotte's airport. The city council has long overseen it, but soon Republican lawmakers from Mecklenburg County will introduce a measure that would strip control of the airport from city hands. The plan has sparked anxiety and accusations as WFAE's Julie Rose explains.

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Local News
5:10 am
Thu February 7, 2013

As Panthers Seek A Cut, A City Sales Tax Primer

Credit Jennifer Lang / WFAE

The Carolina Panthers say their 17- year old stadium needs an upgrade and they want taxpayers to pitch in. City of Charlotte officials are busy negotiating behind closed doors to come up with as much as half of the $250 million renovation.  They're reportedly looking at doubling the city's tax on prepared foods, such as meals in restaurants. That's not the only local tax Charlotte has used to fund big projects in the past. We asked WFAE's Julie Rose to sort out the sales taxes Charlotte has access to, as this debate over upgrading Bank of America stadium unfolds. 

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Local News
4:19 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Duke To Permanently Shutter Troubled Nuclear Plant In Florida

Duke Energy says it will shut down the Crystal River Nuclear Plant in Florida, rather than spend billions repairing it.
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Duke Energy says it will close down a troubled nuclear plant in Florida – called Crystal River – rather than try to repair it at a cost of billions.  Making that decision has preoccupied Duke and its investors ever since the company merged with Progress Energy and inherited the Florida plant.  

"From the beginning of the merged company, the resolution of the nuclear plant issue has been among the company's top priorities, if not the company's top priority," says Duke Energy spokesman Mike Hughes. 

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Local News
3:08 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Duke Energy Seeks 11.8% Rate Hike For Residential Customers

Duke Energy's Cliffside Steam Station located on the Rutherford/Cleveland County line in North Carolina.
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Duke Energy wants to raise rates again on its North Carolina customers – this time by nearly 12 percent for residential users.  WFAE's Julie Rose reports on the company's latest request to state regulators.

We knew this rate hike request was coming, but we didn't know how large it would be. Last time around, Duke asked to raise residential rates by 17 percent but settled for just over 7 percent when it finally took effect a year ago.  Now Duke Energy is proposing another 11.8 percent increase for residential customers.

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Local News
4:59 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Interest Brewing For Vacant Eastland Mall

An informational meeting for potential buyers and developers of Eastland Mall was held Wednesday morning in a former women's clothing store at the vacant shopping mall.
Julie Rose

Charlotte taxpayers may not know it, but they own a mall.  The city bought Eastland Mall  back in August for $13 million.  When it opened in 1975, it was the largest mall in North Carolina. Then came a decade of steady decline. By 2010 it was completely vacant. WFAE's Julie Rose reports on the latest effort to bring Eastland Mall back to life.

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Local News
4:48 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Foxx Wants To Know If CMPD Gun Purchases Aid Gun Lobby

Mayor Anthony Foxx

  Mayor Anthony Foxx says he's met twice recently with Vice President Joe Biden on the topic of gun control and this he week signed a letter with other mayors supporting tougher firearms laws. But Foxx also wonders if the city may be inadvertently helping to fund the push against gun control. WFAE's Julie Rose reports:

Mayor Foxx this week asked the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for details about where it gets its firearms and bullets. The lobby against new gun laws is "pretty effective in Washington" says Foxx.

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