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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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.

Today is the deadline for victims of North Carolina’s decades-long eugenics program to submit applications to receive compensation from the state. 

A Huntersville physician has pleaded guilty to health care fraud and tax fraud, and has agreed to pay the largest settlement ever against a single doctor in the western part of North Carolina.   The Justice Department says Mark Tuan Le, the former owner of Northcross Medical Center, took part in a scheme between 2009 and 2013 that billed Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers for services that were not carried out or were not medically necessary.  Le has agreed to pay the United States $6.2 million to settle those civil allegations. The Justice Department also says Le falsely claimed $2.4

Thousands of jobs were announced today in Fort Mill and Chester County.  Two of the three announcements involve companies moving from Charlotte to Fort Mill.  Independent broker LPL Financial says it plans to build a regional headquarters in Fort Mill.  The company will move about a 1,000 employees to the new location and says it plans to increase employment in Fort Mill to 3,000.  Also moving to Fort Mill is The Lash Group, a healthcare services provider.  That move is supposed to bring 2,400 jobs to York County over the next several years. Half of those positions are expected to be new. And Singapore tire maker Giti says it’s building its first North American plant in Chester County.  The company says it will create 1,700 jobs over the next decade as part of that expansion.


Family Dollar is attempting to avoid a potential hostile takeover after an investor announced Friday he bought a nearly 9.5 percent stake in the Matthews-based company.

The company has implemented what’s called a “poison pill.”  That’s a strategy companies use to make an acquisition less enticing.  One way a poison pill can be used is by offering current shareholders preferred stock that they can then turn around and sell for a higher premium once their company is taken over.  That makes an acquisition more expensive.   

Wake Forest University

Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home in Winston-Salem on Wednesday. She has a long list of accomplishments: she published seven autobiographies, she won a presidential medal of freedom and three Grammy's and she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony and a National Book Award.

She was also a professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University starting in 1982.