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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Local News
4:24 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Kannapolis Will Have New City Hall, Police Station

The current location of Kannapolis City Hall
Credit City of Kannapolis

The Kannapolis police station was, at one time, a funeral home. It also has some plumbing issues. But the major issue is space.

"It was not built to be a secure police headquarters," Ann Gibson, the city's marking and communications director says. "With the new facility, they'll just be able to improve their  operations tremendously. Everything from evidence storage, suspect security, really, all aspects of their operation."

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Local And State Elections
3:09 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Hudson Wins Redrawn 8th Congressional District Seat

Richard Hudson won the eighth district seat with more than 53 percent of the vote.
Tasnim Shamma

Republican challenger Richard Hudson was all smiles last night in Concord. He could finally claim victory as the 8th congressional district's new congressman -- replacing Democrat Larry Kissell -- who was seeking his third term.

Even with early-voting results showing a big lead for Richard Hudson, the packed crowd at the Hilton Garden Inn ballroom waited more than two hours before Hudson claimed victory.

"Wow, look at this crowd," Hudson says. "Thank you so much. I'm just so honored by the tremendous support we've gotten from the district. What a great night, huh?"

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Election 2012
9:05 am
Mon November 5, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama Campaigns In Charlotte

Michelle Obama will be visiting Charlotte on Monday, the day before polls open nationwide.
Credit Lisa Angelo for Obama for America

Last weekend, volunteers for both campaigns knocked on doors and called voters to get them to head to the polls. There were also some big names in the area – at least for President Barack Obama.

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Election 2012
4:36 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Making The Voting Grade? MoveOn.Org Mails Report Cards

MoveOn.org sent out over 630,000 of these report cards to North Carolina voters.
Credit MoveOn.org

Do you generally sit out elections? An arm of the liberal group, MoveOn.org, may have found a way of shaming you into voting. Between now and Election day, it's mailing out millions of  voter "report cards" to residents of swing states like North Carolina. 

It's pretty simple. On the left, a bar graph compares the number of times you voted with the neighborhood average in the last five general elections. And then on the right, you get graded based on voting history. 

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Election 2012
5:45 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Lancaster Will Vote On Sunday Alcohol Restaurant Sales

Lancaster County residents will vote next week on whether to allow restaurants to serve alcohol on Sundays.
Credit Courtesy of Flickr/waferboard

There are only about 100 restaurants in all of Lancaster County, South Carolina. That's not a lot and some  residents say they routinely cross county and state borders to get some breakfast or lunch. It's tied to the state's prohibition on restaurants serving alcohol on Sundays. Next week, residents will vote on whether to allow restaurants serve alcohol on Sundays.

The effort has been led Elissa Boyet. She didn’t know about the prohibition when she moved from Charlotte to Lancaster County in 2008.

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Election 2012
11:23 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Romney Faces Tough Task In Getting Minority Votes

Republicans make up 5.5 percent of all minority voters in the state with 104,445 voters. The total number of minority voters is 1,895,314. Libertarians make up the smallest percentage of all minority voters (3,646).
Credit North Carolina State Board of Elections

The slightest change in support can tip the North Carolina vote in favor of President Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

An Elon University poll released this week shows they are in a statistical dead heat heading into the final week of campaigning. They are appealing to an electorate that’s undergone significant change. U.S. Census figures show minorities accounted for 35 percent of North Carolina’s population growth in the last decade.

So we looked at the influence of the minority vote and the challenges Romney has in capturing it.

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Local News
3:45 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Local Drug Tester Crosses The Border

In the ongoing cross-border competition for jobs, Charlotte is losing yet another company to South Carolina.

Just last month, it was photo-sharing company Shutterfly abandoning Charlotte for Fort Mill.

On Tuesday, Physicians Choice Laboratory Services announced it is moving to Rock Hill, where it will double its workforce. The drug testing company opened in 2009 and now has 150 employees in Charlotte. 

Mark Farris, the economic development director of York County, says it’s only natural.

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Business
3:38 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Can You Really Lift 100 Pounds?

Physical therapist Sandie Warantz lifts a box full of weights to show what potential applicants to a local construction company had to lift.
Tasnim Shamma

If you’re applying for a job with a construction company and say you can lift 100 pounds, you better make sure you can do it comfortably. One Kannapolis employer is now using a new fitness exam for prospective hires aimed at reducing worker’s compensations claims.

At the Northeast Rehab center in Concord, physical therapist Sandie Warantz is showing off one of the first things someone applying for a position with the Wayne Brothers construction company might have to do.

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Politics
11:14 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Effort Afoot To Oust Cabarrus Democratic Leader Over Non-Support Of Kissell

Cabarrus County Democratic Chairwoman Grace Galloway admits she’s not happy with 8th District Congressman Larry Kissell and has not outright endorsed him. In response, members of the party's local executive committee wants to remove her from office. 

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Local News
5:03 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Concord, Kannapolis Will Upgrade To Electric-Hybrid Buses

If you ride the bus in Concord and Kannapolis, you’ll soon be seeing some big changes. The cities’ joint bus system called Rider Transit will be getting eight new hybrid-electric buses with free WiFi hotspots. There will also be service on Sundays starting in October 2013 and several improvements to bus stops, including a doubling of the number of shelters, solar-powered street lights and improved security system.

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