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
1:21 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Meck Tax Assessor Resigns, Faulty Reval Stymies Commission

Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor Garrett Alexander has resigned.
Credit Davidsonnews.net (file photo)

The tax assessor who oversaw Mecklenburg County's much-maligned 2011 revaluation is out. County Commissioners announced Tuesday night that assessor Garrett Alexander has resigned, but they put off a final decision on how to handle problems with the revaluation. 

It was an awkward night for County Manager Harry Jones. Eight months ago he was adamant the revaluation did not need reexamining.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

To Re-Do Or Not To Re-Do? Meck Commission Debates Tuesday

Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones with Commissioner Jennifer Roberts. (File photo 4/11)

A growing chorus of Mecklenburg County citizens and elected officials is calling for a complete re-do of the 2011 property tax revaluation. The independent review completed last week found most of the new property values are accurate. But values in a small percentage of neighborhoods – perhaps 10 percent – are significantly out-of-whack, according to the report. 

So now what? The Mecklenburg County commission meets Tuesday night at 6 p.m. to discuss.

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Local News
3:58 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

BofA Shines In Mortgage Settlement Status Update

Former NC Commissioner of Banks Joseph Smith was appointed to monitor the mortgage settlement.
Credit Office of Mortgage Settlement Oversight

The nation's five largest mortgage servicers – including Bank of America and Wells Fargo – have so far provided more than $20 billion in homeowner relief under a settlement with state attorneys general. Bank of America shows well in the latest report.

The last status report in August had a big zero for the number of mortgages modified or partially forgiven by Bank of America under the settlement. The Charlotte-based bank now leads the other four banks, in those categories with around $3.7 billion in homeowner debts written off.

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Local News
12:23 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Review Finds MeckCo Unfairly Assessed Property Values In Some Areas

A map of Mecklenburg County where red indicates sampled neighborhoods with "major" equity problems.
Mecklenburg County

The Mecklenburg County assessors’ office has been dogged by complaints that it made significant errors when it revalued property in 2011.

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Breaking
3:56 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Review Finds Major Problems With Meck Tax Reappraisal

An independent review of Mecklenburg County's 2011 property tax reappraisal found "major" problems in neighborhoods spread across the county.

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Local News
5:06 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Duke Rate Hike Case Set To Go Before NC High Court

The North Carolina Supreme Court will hear a case Tuesday claiming Duke Energy's latest rate hike is harmful to customers and should not have been granted. Attorney General Roy Cooper hopes the high court will strike down Duke's rate hike and change the way future increases are approved by regulators. 

Duke Energy originally asked for permission to raise rates for the average household by 17%, but regulators agreed to just 7%.

Even at that lower rate, Duke managed to lock in a 10.5% profit for shareholders, which is where Attorney General Roy Cooper takes issue.

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Business
1:47 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Charlotte Aims To Do Business With Local Startups

Charlotte has a reputation for fostering big business. Monday night the city council will vote on a plan to encourage the little guys - what it calls "High Growth Entrepreneurs."

Any small business with the potential to grow quickly fits the category – it could be a hot local restaurant starting to franchise, or a start-up with technology borne of a program at UNC Charlotte. 

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Election 2012
4:57 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Election Change On SC Ballot

Unbeknownst to many South Carolina voters, they're being asked to change the state's constitution next week, and the outcome will affect future elections. 

In South Carolina, the governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately. About half of states do it that way – including North Carolina.  Next week, South Carolina voters will have a chance to change that and put their top two executives on the same ticket.  

But the constitutional amendment on South Carolina's ballot Tuesday has garnered little attention.

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Business
4:55 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Progress Boosts Duke Earnings, Challenges Ahead

Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers

Duke Energy says earnings in the third quarter rose 26%, primarily because it was the first full quarter to include Progress Energy.  That figure slightly exceeded analyst expectations, but questions remain about challenges Duke Energy faces going forward.

The list includes:

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Local News
4:49 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Foxx Plan For City Improvements Gets Pushback In Ballantyne

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx pitching his infrastructure plan to city council in June 2012. The plan failed. Now Foxx is promoting it in town hall meetings around Charlotte.
Credit Julie Rose / WFAE

As the Charlotte City Council works to find agreement on a proposed tax increase to pay for infrastructure improvements, Mayor Anthony Foxx is pitching his preferred approach in town hall meetings across the city. Thursday night, he ventured into unfriendly territory at the Ballantyne Hotel where a crowd of about 100 challenged his proposal. 

Mayor Foxx was about 30 minutes into his presentation explaining the rationale for a $1 billion infrastructure plan paid for by a 3.5 cent property tax hike before he finally mentioned the piece he knew would draw fire from the group.

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