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
4:17 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Charlotte Council Rekindles Tax Hike Debate

Mayor Foxx making a plea to the Charlotte City Council for approval of the 8 percent tax hike on May 25, 2012. Photo: Julie Rose.
Julie Rose WFAE

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx is convening a special meeting of the city council Thursday to re-start debate over raising taxes to pay for streets, sidewalks and a streetcar.

Three months ago, Mayor Foxx's plan to boost the property tax rate by 3 and a half cents and use the money for nearly a $1 billion worth of projects, collapsed in a series of surprise city council votes.

Foxx hasn't let it drop since - even taking the opportunity to nudge council members during the groundbreaking of an uptown stadium a few weeks back.

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Election 2012
4:41 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Dalton Pitches Himself On McCrory's Turf

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Walter Dalton
Walter Dalton campaign

Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton walked into the heart of his opponent's home turf Tuesday in the race for governor with a campaign appearance at the Charlotte Rotary Club.

Republican Pat McCrory won a record seven terms as Charlotte mayor and presided over big boom years. He's always had strong support from Republicans and Democrats in Charlotte.

So what kind of audience do you think a room full of Uptown business and community leaders would be for the guy trying to beat McCrory?

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Election 2012
11:34 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Kissell, Hudson Have Lots Of Agreement In NC-8 Debate

The Republican Party looks to North Carolina’s 8th Congressional district as an opportunity to grow its 50-seat advantage in the U.S. House. The race between Democratic incumbent Larry Kissell and Republican challenger Richard Hudson is considered one of the closest in the country.

Yesterday the two candidates met at Wingate University for their first debate of the 2012 election.

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Business
4:25 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Reports Of New BofA Layoffs Misleading

Bank of America branch.
MoneyBlogNewz/Flickr

Headlines Thursday were full of news that Bank of America will cut 16,000 jobs by the end of the year. But the headlines can be misleading.

These layoff reports give the impression that every few months there's another major bloodletting at Bank of America. In fact, this latest 16,000 number - and others we've heard in recent months - are all part of the same job cuts announcement Bank of America made last September -  30,000 jobs it said it would cut.

At that time, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan described a plan to get the bloated bank back to its fighting weight.

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Local News
9:21 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Student Veterans Plan To Sue UNC For Discrimination

Soldiers with their helmets next to them.
The U.S. Army

A group of veterans attending state-run universities in North Carolina plan to file a discrimination lawsuit against the UNC system this week alleging they are routinely - and wrongly - made to pay out-of-state tuition.

The military life is a transient one - training in one state, based in another, transferring every few of years. That's one reason the federal government doesn't require service members to change their driver license every time they move. So establishing residency for things like in-state tuition is tough, says Army veteran Andrew Sammons.

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Local News
5:22 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

NC 'Pre-Registers' More Than 100K Teen Voters

A first time teen voter.
erin leigh mcconnell/Flickr

In the past two years, more than 100,000 16 and 17 year olds in North Carolina have registered to vote. Of course they can't actually cast a ballot until they turn 18, but North Carolina is one of just five states that allows teenagers to "pre-register" and the only state that requires local elections offices to conduct voter registration drives in public high schools.

The non-partisan group Democracy Now North Carolina pushed for the program to counter a history of poor voter participation in North Carolina.

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Sports
3:13 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Knights Uptown Stadium A Sign Of Things To Come

Charlotte Knights owners, supporters use ceremonial shovels to toss sand on home plate of the new baseball stadium to be completed uptown in 2014.
Julie Rose

The Charlotte Knights broke ground Friday on what will likely be one of the last new minor league baseball stadiums built in the next few decades. The Knights began trying to get an Uptown stadium seven years ago, but were delayed by lawsuits, a recession and the reluctance of local government leaders to spend tax dollars on the project. 

The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County ultimately agreed to contribute $8 million each and free use of the eight-acre site. That's less public support than teams have typically received during a twenty-year boom in stadium construction.

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Local News
5:44 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Regions Bank Sneaks Payday Lending Into NC

One hundred dollar bills.
Philip Taylor PT/Flickr

Shops that offer short-term, small-dollar loans with annual percentage rates of 300 and 400 percent do not cluster on urban street corners in North Carolina like they do in other states. That's because this is one of just four states where payday lending is prohibited. 


But now a small regional bank - Regions Bank - has found a loophole.  Two loopholes, really.


"Were they not a bank, it would not be legal to make that loan here in the state," says Chris Kukla, a senior vice president at the Center for Responsible Lending.

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Local News
9:40 am
Thu September 13, 2012

CRVA Looks To Outside Firm For 'Credibility' In DNC Study

Inside TWC Arena during the Democratic National Convention.

The City of Charlotte and several tax-payer funded agencies will pay an outside agency about $25,000 to estimate the DNC's boost to the local economy.


It's pretty standard for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority to do a "this is how our economy benefited" estimate after major conventions. It's highly unusual for the CRVA to hire an outside firm to do it.

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Local News
5:30 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Alcoa, State At Odds Over Next Steps In Yadkin River License

Alcoa and the State Division of Water Quality are at odds about how to move forward with the aluminum company's hydropower license on the Yadkin River.

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