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
4:25 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Uptown Baseball Stadium Now Clear Of Lawsuits

Charlotte City Councilmembers break ground on Knights Stadium Uptown in September 2012.
Credit Julie Rose

The Charlotte Knights baseball stadium now under construction Uptown nearly didn't happen because of Jerry Reese.  He's a local attorney who filed a series of lawsuits to block the stadium deal just as the recession hit and funding for the project became harder to find. Reese has now agreed stop fighting the stadium in court. 

Jerry Reese is not against having a baseball stadium Uptown – he just thinks it should be for a Major League team, rather than a Minor League one like the Charlotte Knights.

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Local News
4:08 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Charlotte: A City Of Mortgage-Debtors

Only 20 percent of Charlotte homeowners have paid off their mortgages completely, compared to a national average of 29 percent.

More homeowners in Charlotte have mortgage debt than in most other major metro areas around the country.  Are we just prone to big spending, or is something else at play in the housing market here?  

Almost 21 million Americans – nearly a third of the nation's homeowners – own their homes outright.

In Charlotte, the percentage is much lower – just 20 percent.  New York City outdoes us with 30 percent of its homeowners free and clear. In Tampa it's 33.2 percent and Pittsburgh – a whopping 38 percent of homeowners have completely paid off the mortgage.

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Local News
3:46 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

CMPD Warning Sweepstakes Parlors Of New Law

CMPD Attorney Mark Newbold and Deputy Chief Vicki Foster discuss plans to enforce the state ban some sweepstakes games.
Credit Julie Rose

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers are paying personal visits to all "sweepstakes parlors" in the area this week urging proprietors to make sure they're complying with a new ban on the electronic games. WFAE's Julie Rose reports:

CMPD Deputy Chief Vicki Foster estimates there are about 100 free-standing sweepstakes parlors in Mecklenburg County. Most shut down about a week ago when a state ban on the games went into effect, but Foster expects many to reopen in the coming days.

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Local News
9:02 am
Thu January 10, 2013

McCrory Could Re-shape NC Utilities Regulation

Governor Pat McCrory will appoint three utilities commissioners and the state's top advocate for utility consumers in the coming months. His choices would re-shape the regulatory landscape for Duke Energy, where McCrory worked for 28 years.

Governor Pat McCrory has been busy in recent weeks filling his cabinet and top staff positions. And in at least three cases he's appointed former colleagues from his 28 years working at Duke Energy. That's led some to worry McCrory will follow the same pattern when he turns his attention to four impending vacancies at the North Carolina Utilities Commission, which is Duke Energy's primary regulator in the state. WFAE's Julie Rose takes a look now at this regulatory body McCrory has the opportunity to radically reshape.

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Local News
9:42 am
Tue January 8, 2013

NASCAR Hall of Fame Showing Signs Of Life

The NASCAR Hall of Fame opened to the public in May 2010. It is owned by the City of Charlotte and operated by the CRVA.
Credit ©Sean Busher and NASCAR Hall of Fame

Since the NASCAR Hall of Fame opened in 2010 it has fallen far short of attendance projections and had annual deficits of more than a million dollars. But now, for the first time, CRVA CEO Tom Murray says the Hall of Fame is ahead in something. 

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Business
2:29 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Latest Settlement Shows 'Light At The End Of The Tunnel' For BofA

Credit Jennifer Lang

We've already established that Bank of America's 2008 acquisition of Countrywide was a costly move – and a mistake in the view of many. The Charlotte bank has spent tens of billions of dollars on settlements and losses tied to that mountain of messed-up mortgages. On Monday, Bank of America made some important progress.

Another day, another settlement - or really two,  in the case of Bank of America. And these are far from the last we'll expect to see. 

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Local News
4:08 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Guns At Airports Hit New High In 2012

A sampling of guns seized at U.S. airport security checkpoints between Dec. 21-28, 2012.
Credit blog.tsa.gov

2012 was a banner year for guns in U.S. airports. The Transportation Security Administration seized more than 1,500 firearms at security checkpoints last year. That's up 14 percent over the previous year. 

Atlanta led the list with 115 firearms seized at security checkpoints in 2012, according to preliminary TSA numbers.  That makes some sense, since Atlanta is the busiest airport in the country. 

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Local News
3:06 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

New Airport Parking Garage To Pose Short-Term Problems For Passengers

A $120 million, 7-story parking structure is underway to replace the current hourly parking decks at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. In the coming weeks, the existing parking decks will be demolished.
Charlotte Airport

Demolition will begin in the next two weeks on hourly parking decks at the Charlotte Airport to make way for a new seven-story parking tower. Aviation Director Jerry Orr says parkers will soon need to give themselves extra time getting to the terminal.

"For close to a year starting in the spring there will be no walking access to parking," says Orr.

He says the airport has plenty of shuttle buses to handle the extra passengers, but will increase the frequency of bus trips. 

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Politics
11:36 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Republican Hudson Hires Top Aide From Democrat Kissell's Team

Congressman-elect Richard Hudson has hired a top district aide from the staff of his Democratic opponent Larry Kissell.
Credit Tanner Latham

North Carolina's new members of Congress will take the oath of office Thursday in Washington, including Republican Robert Pittenger who was elected to fill retiring Representative Sue Myrick's seat in Charlotte and Republican Richard Hudson who beat Larry Kissell to represent the 8th District.

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Business
9:48 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Microloans For Poor Arrive In Charlotte

Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace prize in 2006 for his “efforts to create economic and social development from below.”
Credit www.grameenamerica.org

Charlotte is a bank town – known for banks in the traditional sense – like Bank of America and Wells Fargo that offer checking accounts, credit cards and loans, if you can qualify. But in the last week, a very different kind of bank opened in Charlotte offering what's known as microloans to small businesspeople who couldn't qualify for a traditional one.

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