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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Business
10:10 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

BofA Stock "Most Improved" For 2012

Bank of America saw the largest stock gains in 2012 among NC's 50 largest publicly-traded companies.

One of North Carolina's most publicly-criticized companies also saw the biggest improvement in stock price during 2012.   

Bank of America's stock ended the year at $11.61 a share, which is more than double its starting price in 2012.  

Keep in mind, of course, that five years ago BofA was trading around $40 a share, so there's a good distance to go if a full rebound is in the cards.

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Local News
9:11 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Greensboro Strikes Back Over Duke's Tree Trimming

Duke Energy has more than 90,000 miles of overhead power lines across the Carolinas, which makes for a lot of tree-trimming to keep the lines clear – and a lot of complaints about that trimming. In Greensboro, the typical frustration is shaping into a legal battle between Duke and the city.

"Vegetation management" is the technical term for it, but residents of several old neighborhoods near downtown Greensboro use other words.

"Duke Power came in and just clear-cut the area," said Jay James at a Tuesday night meeting of the Greensboro City Council.

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Business
5:02 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Duke Shuffles Executives

Jeff Lyash is the fourth high-ranking Progress Energy executive to leave since the company merged with Duke Energy.
Duke Energy

Another Progress Energy executive is out at Duke Energy in the latest personnel shuffle of the merged companies.  A Duke Energy spokesman says changes required in a settlement with North Carolina utility regulators sparked a "domino effect."  

Seven top executives are shifting titles and roles in what resembles a game of musical chairs.

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The Salt
2:36 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

One Airport's Trash Is 2 Million Worms' Treasure

Charlotte Douglas International Airport has deployed an army of 1.9 million worms to eat through its organic waste. The airport has reduced the trash it sends to the landfill by 70 percent.
Julie Rose

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 3:16 pm

Food waste is not just a problem for restaurants — airports also have to deal with piles of this kind of garbage.

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Business
6:06 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Duke CEO: Don't Fear The Fiscal Cliff

Wells Fargo senior executive vice president David Carroll, Premier Inc CEO Susan DeVore and Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers at the Charlotte Chamber Economic Outlook luncheon on December 17, 2012.
Julie Rose

The Charlotte business community gathered Monday for a diagnostic take on the U.S. economy from the city's top industries. Executives of Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Duke Energy, Nucor and Premier health care alliance offered a grim picture of slow growth and high unemployment. 

If the U.S. economy had a life coach, every pep-talk these days would be along the lines of "Look pal, you gotta 'Fake it 'til you make it.' Confidence breeds success.  All this worry is bringing you down."

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Local News
4:11 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Charlotte City Council Punts On Streetcar Debate

The Charlotte City Council has, yet again, delayed a decision on raising taxes to fund capital improvements, including a streetcar extension.

The mayor convened three meetings this fall to work out a compromise. But Monday the council decided it would rather wait and tackle the tax hike plan in the spring when it's approving the rest of the city budget.

Councilman James Mitchell cited uncertainty about taxes and spending at the state and federal level in urging the delay. But Councilwoman Patsy Kinsey doubts a few more months will make a compromise more likely.  

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Local News
7:52 am
Mon December 17, 2012

City Mulls Ads At Light Rail Stations

Are ads coming soon to Charlotte light rail stations? Transit officials hope so.
Credit Charlotte Area Transit System

Perhaps it's hard to believe, but giant billboards on the sides of Charlotte buses and trains only appeared about a year ago when the city started allowing ads on transit vehicles. Now the Charlotte Area Transit System wants to go even further.  

Monday night, CATS will petition city council members for permission to sell advertising on light rail platforms. CATS Spokeswoman Jean Leier says the recession hurt transit funding.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

NC High Court Upholds Video Sweepstakes Ban

The North Carolina Supreme Court has upheld a law banning video sweepstake games offered in more than a thousand café-type establishments statewide. 

"Once it's ruled that it's not allowable in the state, then you'll see us start closing locations down," says Tony Whisnant, who operates four sweepstakes parlors, including on in Charlotte.

Whisnant says he's still looking through the ruling to see if there's a way to make his games legal.

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Local News
6:12 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Millions Of Worms Eat, Compost Charlotte Airport's Trash

1.9 million red wigglers are eating through the Charlotte airport's organic waste.
Julie Rose

Millions of people will pass through airports this holiday season, tossing trash into cans that will combine with waste from restaurants and airlines into a mess. Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is now the first in the nation to put worms to work dealing with its waste.  WFAE's Julie Rose got an inside look at the process – and the man behind it.

Bob Lucas is not about to judge you for tossing that plastic bottle in the trash as you board your flight.

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Local News
4:31 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Council Abandons Scaled-Back Meeting Schedule

So much for the scaled-back meeting schedule Charlotte City Council members adopted at the start of this year. Monday they'll vote to return to their old ways – meeting every Monday. 

The main argument for changing the meeting schedule to just three Mondays a month, instead of four, was to let council members spend more time with family.  They've been starting two other meetings an hour earlier – at 4 p.m. – to make up the lost time.

But that's not cutting it, says Councilman Michael Barnes: "We aren't in contact with each other enough."

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