Marshall Terry

Morning Edition Host

Marshall came to WFAE after graduating from Appalachian State University, where he worked at the campus radio station and earned a degree in communication.  He divides his time between delivering newscasts during the day at the top of every hour and reporting on everything from hot peppers to a museum dedicated to the theory that Abraham Lincoln was born in North Carolina.    Outside of radio, he loves listening to music and going to see bands - preferably in small, dingy clubs.

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The proposed sales tax hike in Mecklenburg County gets the endorsement of most school board members, but how the referendum came about runs several of them the wrong way. There's also a new effort to help struggling schools. It's called the Beacon Initiative. Education reporter Lisa Miller fills us in.

Plus, News Director Greg Collard explains why it's misleading for  the National Republican Senatorial Committee to cite this Party Line blog post in arguing that its Democratic counterparts have "hit the panic button" with a $9 million ad buy on behalf of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

WFAE's top utility player, Marshall Terry, fills in for Ben Bradford on this week's episode.

Update 1:10 PM

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says insurance fraud complaints in the state have reached a historic high, with more than 1,200 last year. Wilson’s office last year prosecuted cases that resulted in 37 convictions and resulted in more than $700,000 being returned to the victims of insurance fraud. The report notes that in one Darlington County case, three defendants sought payment from a health insurance company claiming they each had all four limbs amputated. None of the defendants had lost their limbs and one was convicted and sent to prison for 18 months. The report notes that since 1995, almost 14,000 insurance fraud complaints have been received by the state Attorney General's office.

Governor Pat McCrory has appointed an acting director of the State Bureau of Investigation. B.W. Collier is a 26-year veteran of the bureau, during which time he has served in a variety of roles, including drug investigator, pilot, and bomb squad commander. He was appointed director of Alcohol Law Enforcement last year.

The state budget signed by Gov. McCrory today transfers the SBI from the Department of Justice to the Department of Public Safety, where it will operate as an independent agency. 

A November referendum to raise Mecklenburg County’s sales tax a quarter of a cent has yet to get support from a big booster:  the Charlotte Chamber.  The Chamber says it’s not against the purpose of the increase:  using the generated money to pay for raises for CMS employees and to help prop up the area’s struggling arts and science centers. Rather, it says more discussion is needed on finding specific funding options. So, the Chamber is staying out of the referendum debate. Mecklenburg County Commissioner Dumont Clarke, a referendum supporter, says a Chamber-funded campaign would have helped pass the sales tax hike, but he remains confident.

A key General Assembly leader says North Carolina lawmakers are looking to return to Raleigh next week to take up some pending legislation. But House and Senate Republicans have agreed to nothing so far. 

Republican Paul Stam is the House's second highest-ranking member. He presided today over a skeleton meeting of the chamber to keep this year's work session going in keeping with the state constitution. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg is behind the national average in land use and transportation, according to a new study from the non-profit Sustain Charlotte. The report looks at nine categories, including air quality, energy use, and water use and assigns a letter grade for both local trends and how the city compares to national averages. Among the report's findings: land use decisions have led to 60 food deserts in the county, transportation costs consume more of residents' income than the national average, and the number of families and children living in poverty doubled from 2000 to 2011. 

Mecklenburg County commissioners are proposing to ban smoking outside of government buildings and in county parks. The ordinance, which commissioners are planning to discuss tonight, would also include bus stops. Under the ordinance, e-cigarettes would also be prohibited. Right now smoking is banned inside county buildings. State lawmakers outlawed smoking inside of state buildings and bars and restaurants in 2009. A public hearing on the proposed county ban is scheduled for this evening during the meeting of county commissioners at the government center in uptown Charlotte. 

NC General Assembly

After a marathon session that ran well past midnight, the North Carolina Senate has approved the state's $21 billion budget. It was just one of a number of bills passed by the chamber. Another was a bill to cap county sales tax rates. WFAE's Tom Bullock joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry to talk about those two bills.


Since October, an estimated 57,000 unaccompanied minors have entered the country. The Border Patrol estimates that number could reach 90,000 by the end of September, although the number of daily arrivals is starting to slow.

As debate continues in Washington over how to deal with this surge, the Latin American Coalition is busy making plans to help kids they expect to eventually end up in the Charlotte area.

WFAE’s Marshall Terry spoke to the Coalition’s Armando Bellmas. Here's their conversation.

As state budget negotiations continued today in Raleigh, Governor Pat McCrory said he would support a House plan to give teachers an average six percent raise.