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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DNC 2012
2:50 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Before DNC Food Inspectors Check On Restaurants, Hotels And Barbecue

Food inspectors in Mecklenburg and neighboring counties have been busy in the weeks leading up to the Democratic National Convention.  Not only have they been checking out restaurants, hotels, and caterers, but they're also keeping tabs on barbecue. 

Food inspectors have long been gearing up for the DNC.  But in the two weeks leading up to the big event, the Food and Drug Administration told county health departments within a 30 mile radius of Charlotte to ramp up their restaurant and hotel inspections. 

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Local News
9:59 am
Wed August 29, 2012

CATS Says Alcohol Ads Will Be Thoroughly Vetted

CATS bus.
Charlotte Area Transit System

In just a few days alcohol ads will debut on Charlotte Area Transit System buses and trains.  Those ads have gone through an additional review to make sure they don't cross the line.  

Alcohol ads are expected to earn the cash-strapped transit system $600,000 annually.  CATS has already signed two six-month contracts to promote alcohol on city buses and trains.  

But the money comes with a challenge.  The last thing CATS wants is an overly racy ad on a bus that winds through every neighborhood in the city.  

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Local News
2:54 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Bus Association Tries To Stop DNC From Chartering CATS Buses

The group that represents hundreds of private bus companies wants to prevent the Charlotte Area Transit System from leasing out its buses during the DNC.

Thousands of delegates and media will be hopping on buses to get from their hotels to the main convention area. DNC organizers expect it will take about 250 450 buses to get people around. But they found they don't have enough buses to accommodate wheelchairs.

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Education
12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

CMS Gets Ready For The Beginning Of The School Year

Charlotte Mecklenburg School teachers headed back to work Thursday to start preparing for students' arrival on August 27.  The district doesn't expect to be scrambling to hire teachers as the school year starts like in past years.  CMS Auxiliary Services Director Kathryn Block says CMS has a lot of hiring out the way and is in good shape at this point.  The district has filled nearly 99 percent of teaching positions. 

"It's not about putting a body in the seat.  It is about the quality of the teachers we're putting in our classrooms," says Block.

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Education
12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

CMS Board Frustrated Reform Hasn't Lived Up To Expectation

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has been trying to get its best teachers and principals in the most struggling schools through an initiative called strategic staffing. The schools have made big gains, but they're still far from where the district expected them to be at this point. Several school board members voiced frustration about that at Wednesday night's meeting.

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Education
12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

CMS Looks At Why So Many At Two Schools Didn't Take Tests

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has released student end of year test scores for all of its schools, except two. West Charlotte and Harding high schools didn't have enough students taking the tests to post official scores for those schools. The state requires a school to test 95 percent of students in a course. Last night, school board members asked what happened.

Superintendent Heath Morrison questioned whether leaders at West Charlotte tried hard enough to get students to take them. But at Harding he said it was a different case.

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Local News
12:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Harnessing The Allure Of Video Games In The Classroom

Joel Bonasera uses video games to help teach his 7th graders math and science.

Kids spend a lot of time playing video games. They spend hours fighting zombies, building underground worlds, waging war, and shooting pigs. Video games can be addictive and an escape. They're just the thing that some teachers are trying to bring to the classroom.

Joel Bonasera is a 7th grade math and science teacher at Albemarle Road Middle School. He knew his students played video games, but he didn't realize the full extent until he overheard a sweet, friendly girl in his class.

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Local News
3:27 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Morrison Shares Thoughts On Challenges Facing CMS

Heath Morrison
  • The interview as heard on WFAE 90.7fm
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Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has had a new superintendent for a month now. Heath Morrison has been praised by parents, teachers, and even state lawmakers as superintendent of Washoe County Schools in Reno, Nevada. And so far, he hasn't had any naysayers in Charlotte. But most of what he's doing is listening at this point.

WFAE's Lisa Miller sat down with Morrison to discuss his impressions about CMS so far.

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Local News
2:18 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Regulators Issue Findings On Catawba Nuclear Plant Power Outage

Catawba Nuclear Station is located on Lake Wylie in York County, South Carolina and began commercial operation in 1985.
Duke Energy/Flickr

Federal regulators have concluded their investigation of a power outage that led one of Duke Energy's nuclear reactors on Lake Wylie to shut down abruptly in April.

A preliminary report from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Duke didn't follow
proper guidelines in testing upgraded equipment on one of its power generators at the plant.  NRC spokesman Roger Hannah says the commission will wait on deciding on whether to issue a violation to Duke.  

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Munching On Central

Restaurant owner Jamile Shiekh is a refuge from Somalia who moved to Charlotte in the mid-1990s.
Tanner Latham www.wfae.org

We’re still talking about the chicken suqaar from Jamile’s.

Yes, the shrimp rolls at Ben Thahn (Vietnamese) were fresh and delicious. And the tres leches and flan from El Purgarcito (Salvadoran) sweetly capped our afternoon.

But Jamile’s (Somali) chicken suqaar—a stewed chicken dish prepared with greens, salad lettuces, and spongy bread called canjeero—was flat out phenomenal.

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