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
4:35 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Watt Faces Senate Skeptics, Confirmation Unclear

Charlotte Congressman Mel Watt speaks at a senate hearing in Washington on Thursday. He's been nominated to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Charlotte Congressman Mel Watt's path to become the next head of the agency that oversees mortgage finance remains unclear after his senate confirmation hearing in Washington on Thursday.


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4:41 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Charlotte Airport Bill Grounded

Republican William Brawley (R-Matthews) is working to create a study committee rather than create a regional authority to manage the Charlotte airport.
Credit ncleg.net

A measure to transfer the Charlotte airport into the hands of a regional authority has been grounded in Raleigh.


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12:06 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Lynn Good Named Duke CEO

Duke Energy CFO Lynn Good will become the company's president and CEO on July 1, 2013.
Credit Duke Energy

Duke Energy executive Lynn Good will replace long-time CEO Jim Rogers.

We knew Rogers would be leaving Duke. He's 65. And, state regulators made him promise to retire this year as part of a settlement to end the investigation into that surprise CEO switch when Duke merged with Progress.

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11:26 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Veterans Build Habitat Home For One Of Their Own

Veteran Garry Capers is helping to build the home he will purchase with a zero-interest mortgage from Habitat Charlotte.
Julie Rose

Construction began Friday – Flag Day - on the first Habitat Charlotte home built by veterans for a veteran.  They're racing to finish within 2 ½ weeks, so the home can be dedicated on the eve of Independence Day.  WFAE spoke with some of the participants at Friday's kick-off.

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Local News
5:02 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Is Duke Rate Hike Settlement A Deal Or A Dupe?

Duke Energy has agreed to a rate increase less than half the size of its original request. Advocates wonder if state regulators are being played by the utility company.

Duke Energy has struck a deal with the state's top utility customer advocate that, on the surface, seems like a pretty good deal for ratepayers. But some advocacy groups wonder if we're being played.

A pattern is emerging: Two years in a row, Duke Energy has come in asking for a big rate hike - 9.7 percent in this latest case - only to turn around a few months later and settle for an increase half as big. 

"You know, this is the game," says Jim Warren, of the advocacy group NC WARN.

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Local News
4:55 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Server Farm Coming To Kannapolis Biotech Campus

A view of the North Carolina Research Campus from a window in the Core Laboratory building. A 50,000 square foot data center will soon be built on the campus.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The Kannapolis research campus founded by Dole Foods magnate David Murdock has announced its first new corporate tenant in two years. But it's not the kind of company you'd expect for a place focused on health and food science. 


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8:48 am
Wed June 12, 2013

CMPD's DNC Spending Details Revealed

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe waves from one of the city's new ATVs during the DNC.
Julie Rose

The DNC seems a distant memory, but we're just now getting details of how Charlotte police spent a $50 million grant federal grant for convention security. And, the Department of Justice has released an analysis of CMPD's work during the DNC, which it recommends future convention cities study closely.


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Local News
9:27 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Charlotte Council Approves 3.17 Cent Tax Hike

Charlotte City Council approved a 3.17 cent tax increase on a vote of 8 to 2.
Credit Julie Rose

It took a year longer than usual, but the Charlotte City Council approved a 3-cent property tax increase for capital improvement projects on Monday night.

The same plan got derailed last year because it included money to extend the streetcar. When the council passed a capital plan without the streetcar, Mayor Anthony Foxx vetoed it.  The city is now pursuing funding for the streetcar separately and the council easily passed the rest of the capital plan last night.  

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Local News
10:47 am
Mon June 10, 2013

The Surprising Story Of Charlotte's South End

South End's rebirth started with renovation of Atherton Mill. Today the Icehouse restaurant has replaced Southend Brewery.
Julie Rose

Some of the hottest restaurants and hippest gatherings in Charlotte are just beyond Uptown, in the neighborhood known as South End.  Developers have taken note: enough apartments are under construction to double South End's population by 2015. 

City leaders say it's a shining example of what transit can do. But there's so much more to the story.


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9:43 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Phew! Charlotte Council To Adopt Capital Plan, Budget

Charlotte City Council is poised to approve a 3.17 cent property tax rate increase Monday night.
Credit Julie Rose

Charlotte's $2 billion budget for the coming year will likely be adopted Monday night, including an increase in the property tax rate of about three cents.


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