Lisa Miller

Reporter

Lisa Miller traded the Midwest for Charlotte in 2006 to take a job at WFAE.  She worked with public TV in Detroit and taught English in Austria before making her way to radio.  Lisa graduated from University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English.  She covers several different areas with a focus on education. 

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Local News
9:35 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Bill Would Eliminate A Tool Neighbors Have To Fight Zoning Changes

Updated 7/26/13: The regulatory bill that lawmakers ended up passing, left out eliminating protest petitions. 

In North Carolina neighbors can oppose development projects that require rezonings by filing something called a protest petition.  That means the rezoning requires a three-fourths vote on the city council, not just a simple majority.  A bill that would eliminate those kinds of petitions has passed the state house. 


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Local News
10:11 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Duke Energy And State Draft Settlement In Coal Ash Lawsuit

Duke Energy has reached a tentative settlement with the state of North Carolina regarding lawsuits over leaks from its coal ash ponds in Asheville and on the Catawba River. 

The company has agreed to pay a $99,112 fine.  The consent order would require the company to determine the cause and the extent of those leaks into groundwater and into Mountain Island Lake, the source of Charlotte’s drinking water supply.  Susan Massengale with the NC Division of Water Quality says the proposed agreement lays out a timeline for Duke to do that. 

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Local News
4:59 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

SC To Expand Online Course Offerings After Lawmakers Lift Credit Cap

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South Carolina students can take online classes offered by the state.  But up until last month, there was a limit to the number.  A new law has lifted that cap, making it easier for students to take classes online that their schools don’t offer. 

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Local News
3:17 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Accrediting Group Issues Warning To UNC School Of The Arts

UNC School of the Arts in Winston Salem has received a warning from the group that accredits Southern universities.  The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or SACS says the School of the Arts has failed to provide proof that it has enough faculty to serve its students, that it’s improving its educational programs, and that it tracks student’s academic performance.  The warning doesn’t go into details, but the association plans to release a follow-up report later this month. 

WFAEats
9:56 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Co-Founder Of Price’s Chicken Coop Passes Away

Walter Broome takes orders during lunch hour.
Lisa Miller

Price’s Chicken Coop in South End is a Charlotte institution.  Talmadge Price and his brother started it in 1962.  He passed away last week, leaving a legacy that isn’t just fried chicken, but a place that has worked itself into the traditions of Charlotteans from all walks of life. 

Price’s isn’t fancy.  It’s take out only.  A counter stretches the width of the room and five or six people with white aprons take orders.  They’re fast, even when they’re being friendly. 

“Come over and see me my love,” server Ida De Zwaan says to a regular.  “What can get I get you?” 

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Local News
1:08 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Co-Founder Of Price’s Chicken Coop Passes Away

Walter Broome takes orders during lunch hour.
Lisa Miller

Price’s Chicken Coop in South End is a Charlotte institution.  Talmadge Price and his brother started it in 1962.  He passed away last week, leaving a legacy that isn’t just fried chicken, but a place that has worked itself into the traditions of Charlotteans from all walks of life. 


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Local News
11:36 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Union Schools And County Budget Dispute Comes To Mediation And Lawsuit

Relations between school districts and counties can get tense during budget season.  But it’s way beyond that in Union County.  The school board has brought in a mediator and the county has sued the school district for financial information. 


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Local News
8:58 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Charter Schools Likely To Remain Under NC Board Of Ed; New Study Looks At NC Charters

A move to create a panel separate from the North Carolina Board of Education to oversee charter schools is not moving forward.  Instead, the House Education committee supported a bill Tuesday that creates a new advisory board.  Basically, it would reduce the size of the advisory council from fifteen to eleven members and allow the governor only three appointments as opposed to eight.  The advisory council recommends to the state board of education which charter schools should open and close. 

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Local News
9:09 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Food Stamp Delays As NC Counties Move To Online System

North Carolina counties are in the midst of converting to an online system that should make it easier in the long run to apply for all kinds of assistance through the state.  But manually entering all that data has caused backlogs and many people are seeing delays in receiving food stamps.  That’s made it tough on those people and the food pantries that are stepping up to fill in the gap. 


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Local News
11:36 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Report Gives Teacher Training Programs Low Marks

A new rating of programs which train teachers is creating a stir.  The review by the National Council on Teacher Quality finds most college and university education departments have become what it calls “an industry of mediocrity.”  U.S. News and World Report published the ratings this week.   They’re generating a lot of criticism and not just from schools which scored poorly. 

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