Tasnim Shamma

Reporter

Tasnim Shamma joined WFAE as a reporter in August 2012. Before that, she spent a year as a Kroc fellow reporting, writing, editing, blogging and producing for NPR’s Digital News Desk, Weekends on All Things Considered and the National Desk in Washington, D.C. She also spent three months at NPR member station WLRN, based in The Miami Herald newsroom. She graduated from Princeton's Class of 2011, where she was executive editor for multimedia for The Daily Princetonian. She worked as a video intern, copy editor and reporter at The Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Sports Illustrated and Newsweek in New York City and The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. She grew up in Queens, New York and looks forward to new adventures in Charlotte.

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Courts
7:21 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Federal Jury Rules CMPD Officer Used Excessive Force In Taser Death

The parents of La-Reko Williams, Anthony Williams and Temako McCarthy, leave the federal courthouse in Charlotte after the trial of CMPD police officer Michael Forbes ended Thursday afternoon.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

A federal jury ruled today that a CMPD Officer used excessive force when he fired a taser on a man a second time, causing his death in 2011.

The jury also awarded the victim's family $500,000.


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Veterans Affairs
9:57 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Obama Says He'll Fix The VA; Veterans Hope Action To Follow

President Barack Obama addresses the American Legion at the Charlotte Convention Center on Tuesday.
Tasnim Shamma

Garrison caps laden with pins are the current uniform of the choice at the Charlotte Convention Center. They are the trademark hats of the American Legion. On Tuesday, delegates at the group’s national convention were addressed by President Barack Obama.

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Veterans Affairs
3:36 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

President Obama Announces Executive Actions To Fix VA Hospitals

President Barack Obama says the new veteran's health law will help fix the VA system.
Tasnim Shamma

President Barack Obama was in Charlotte today to introduce the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald and to announce that he will sign 19 new executive actions to help veterans. He spoke to a packed hall of veterans with the American Legion at the Charlotte Convention Center during their national conference.


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Veterans Affairs
9:32 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Veterans Air Grievances About VA During Town Hall

Verna Jones, staff director at the American Legion office in Washington, D.C. holds the microphone for John Worholak of South Carolina.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

The American Legion was one of the first veterans groups to call for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki after an inspector general report this year found that veterans were waiting months to get an appointment.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama will be speaking at the Charlotte Convention Center to a crowd of veterans attending the Legion’s national conference. His remarks will be followed by a speech by the new V.A. Secretary Robert McDonald. He replaced Shinseki after he resigned earlier this year.

And the V.A. is on the minds of many veterans attending the conference. Monday night, about two dozen veterans participated in a town hall meeting to air their grievances and share their experiences with the V.A. system.  


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Local News
8:27 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Charlotte's Asian Library Is 'A Hidden Treasure'

The Asian Library was opened in 1985 just a half mile east of uptown Charlotte.
XiaoSong He

Across the street from the Metropolitan shopping complex east of Uptown is the Asian Library. Never heard of it? You're not alone.  

"It is like a hidden treasure for Charlotte. Lots of people -- they walk in, they say, 'What is this place?'" -- XiaoSong Hè

Since 1985, it's grown into one of the largest private Asian libraries in the United States. It has more than 132,000 books in Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese.


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Environment
9:27 am
Wed August 20, 2014

NC Senate Passes Bill That Cuts Environmental Regulations

Venus flytrap
Credit hyperion327 / Flickr

On Friday, state senators passed the Regulatory Reform Act. It covers everything from oyster permits to Venus flytraps. It also includes a few sections on coastal management and isolated wetlands that environmental advocates say they're concerned about.  


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Business
4:35 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Dollar General Starts Bidding War For Family Dollar

Family Dollar's headquarters in Matthews.
Credit Jennifer Lang / WFAE

A bidding war is underway to buy Matthews-based retail discounter Family Dollar. A few weeks ago, Dollar Tree agreed to an $8.5 billion deal with Family Dollar.

On Monday, Dollar General CEO says his company is willing to pay $9.7 billion. Plus a $300 million break-up fee for Family Dollar to renege on its merger agreement. 


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Transportation
9:23 am
Fri August 15, 2014

New Harrisburg Line Will Add Amtrak Trips From Charlotte To Raleigh

Construction of the Roberta Road bridge project in Harrisburg. Homes will be on one side and businesses on the other.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

You may have noticed more traffic than usual in the Harrisburg area recently. That’s because there are six federal railroad projects under construction in the town.

The biggest project involves building a second railroad track that will run alongside the main existing line. It's part of an overall plan to increase the number of daily roundtrips between Charlotte and Raleigh.


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Health
10:15 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Residents Express Approval For County Smoking Ban

A sampling of tobacco products on display at a county health information table. County health officials say some of the packaging is attracting young people to start smoking.
Tasnim Shamma

About two dozen residents gathered at the Mecklenburg County Government Center on Monday night for a public forum on two regulations the county is considering. The first is a ban on smoking near government buildings. The second ordinance is a ban on all tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – on county parks and greenways.

For the most part, audience members were supportive. Dr. Sandra Burke is on the board of directors of the Charlotte chapter of the American Heart Association.

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Sports
9:06 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Charlotte Curlers Plan To Move To New Facility

Two curlers from the first place team All In The Family sweep the ice in front of the stone to reduce its friction.
Daniel Sanchez

The Charlotte Curling Association started off with just 25 members in 2010. Four years later, the group has over 80 members and is getting ready to open a $1.7 million arena dedicated to curling in Charlotte.

This weekend, the group held one last tournament, or in curling lingo "bonspiel," in Indian Trail, before it moves to its new home.


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