Marshall Terry

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Marshall came to WFAE after graduating from Appalachian State University, where he worked at the campus radio station and earned a degree in communication. Outside of radio, he loves listening to music and going to see bands - preferably in small, dingy clubs.

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A judge has blocked a law that would’ve given only one group the authority to train bail bondsmen in North Carolina. Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens said the law would have created an unconstitutional monopoly by allowing only the North Carolina Bail Agents Association to train bondsmen and provide state-required continuing ed courses. The Association’s sole competitor –the North Carolina Bail Academy - sued to stop the law.

Tim Mathis is an instructor at the Academy and a bail bondsman in Monroe.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Metropolitan Transit Commission will consider a request to reverse its decision allowing alcohol ads on the sides of buses and trains. Consider, yes.  But actually rescind the decision?  Not likely.

“I wouldn’t support changing the position,” says MTC member and Cornelius mayor Jeff Tarte.

Tarte says the commission will talk about the request from the Charlotte City Council at tonight’s meeting, but says the income from the ads – estimated to be nearly $600,000 annually – is too great to give up with CATS struggling to rebound from the recession.

A new law that would create a monopoly on training bail bondsmen in North Carolina is now the subject of a court challenge. The North Carolina Bail Agents Association would be the only group in North Carolina allowed to train bail bondsmen under the law, which is set to take effect October 1. The association’s sole competitor, the North Carolina Bail Academy, has filed a lawsuit to block the law.

As the Democratic National Convention gets underway, a new poll has Mitt Romney with a f0ur point lead over President Obama in North Carolina. 

The poll conducted by Elon University in partnership with the Charlotte Observer and The Raleigh News and Observer says 47 percent of likely voters in North Carolina right now would vote for Romney.  Forty-three percent favor Obama.   Political analyst Charlie Cook says North Carolina is the only swing state where Romney has a measureable lead.

Julie Rose

North Carolina native James Taylor was in Uptown Charlotte Monday morning prepping for a performance later in the day.  He’ll headline CarolinaFest that kicks off official Democratic National Convention festivities.  Taylor – who was sporting an Obama t-shirt – was on stage at Trade and Tryon around 8 sound checking “You’ve Got A Friend” to the surprise and delight of local fans.  CarolinaFest is free and starts at noon.  Other performers include The Blue Dogs, Simplified, and actor Jeff Bridges’ band.  James Taylor is scheduled to go on at 5:15 on the Main Stage.

Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins Gallery, New York City. Art © Vik Muniz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

An exhibit of famous paintings re-created using garbage opened this weekend at the Mint Museum Uptown.

Look closely at the reworking of Botticelli's iconic "Birth of Venus" and you'll notice that in place of Venus's long flowing hair are old frayed ropes.

“Venus is rising out of the half-shell of the sea,” says curator Carla Hanzal. “Here’s another Venus that’s literally rising out of a sea of garbage.”

Fans of the movie "Dirty Dancing" are gathering in the small mountain town of Lake Lure this weekend for the "Dirty Dancing Festival." Much of the movie was shot there. This year is the 25th anniversary of the film's release.

Everyone knows the line: "Nobody puts baby in a corner.'

Dirty Dancing helped catapult Patrick Swayze into stardom. And it was his death from cancer in 2009 that became the impetus for the Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure in Rutherford County. Lots of people called the town and asked if they were going to do anything special.



The new Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill is hosting its first national championships this weekend. Cyclists are coming from around the country to compete in what’s called the Elite Omnium.

The Omnium is to bikes what the decathlon is to track and field. Thad Fischer is the man in charge of all things cycling for the city of Rock Hill.

Courtesy Charlotte Symphony

Christopher Warren-Green has renewed his contract as music director of the Charlotte Symphony.  The man who conducted during the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last year will be staying on in Charlotte through the summer of 2016.  And Warren-Green has some big ambitions.

About 1,700 people packed into the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville yesterday for what was billed as a victory rally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan.

Tim Conway of Harrisburg waited outside with his 16-year-old daughter, hoping to get in. He said the choice of Ryan for a running mate makes for a perfect 1-2 punch. He likes that Ryan has experience as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

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