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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Environment
4:36 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Tega Cay City Council Votes To Purchase Troubled Utility Company

A photo of a sewer system overflow on January 11, 2014 from one of Tega Cay Water Service's manholes into Lake Wylie. On March 7, 48,500 gallons of sewage burst from two manholes and a wasterwater treatment plant into Lake Wylie.
Credit Courtesy of the Tega Cay Water Citizens Advisory Council

On Tuesday night, the Tega Cay city council voted to purchase private sewage-treatment plants that have been regularly polluting Lake Wylie in York County, South Carolina with raw sewage – and the price tag is nearly $6 million.


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Politics
8:58 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Twelfth District Candidates Talk Education

Pictured left to right: George Battle III, Sen. Malcolm Graham, Curtis Osborne, Rep. Marcus Brandon and Vince Coakley. Five of the nine North Carolina 12th district congressional candidates met Thursday night at the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church in Charlotte.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Four Democrats and one Republican running to represent North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District met Thursday night at the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church for a panel hosted by the John S. Leary Association of Black Attorneys.

The theme of the night: how to improve the state and country's educational system.


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Politics
7:15 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

City Council Will Choose New Mayor April 7

Charlotte city council members held hands on Monday night while Councilman Al Austin read a prayer for the city before the meeting.
Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte’s city council met Monday night for the first time since the arrest and resignation of former mayor Patrick Cannon. In less than 20 minutes, the council agreed to hold off on appointing a new mayor for one week. WFAE’s Ben Bradford breaks down the jockeying that will take place in the meantime.  


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Local News
4:39 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Real Estate Company Cuts Ties With Cannon's Wife

The real estate company where former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon’s wife Trenna works, has severed ties with her.

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Crime
4:12 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

S.C. Councilman Charged With Intimidating Police Chiefs

Chester City Council member Odell Williams was arrested and charged with two counts of threatening the life of a public official. He faces up to five years in prison for allegedly threatening to "take out" the police chief and assistant police chief in a restroom.
Credit City of Chester

A Chester City Council member was arrested Wednesday night and charged with two counts of threatening the life of a public official.

Odell Williams, who is 70 and African American, used racial slurs against the Chester City Police Chief Andre Williams and Assistant Police Chief Gene Gilmore, both of whom are also African-American, according to the arrest warrant.  The warrant says he met them in the Chester City Hall restroom after a council meeting on March 10.

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Energy
4:56 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

UNC Charlotte Will Update Engineering Courses With DOE Funding

UNC Charlotte
Credit TW Buckner https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ / Flickr

UNC Charlotte is getting money from the U.S. Department of Energy to update its engineering program in an effort to help modernize the power grid.

The five-year project is in collaboration with three other universities.


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Crime
4:05 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Fired Hickory Officer Indicted On Assault Charge

Former Hickory Police Department Sergeant Robert George was fired from his position after an SBI investigation concluded on January 3. He was indicted by a grand jury on March 17.
Credit Catawba County Government

A former Hickory police officer is charged with felony assault. He's accused of using aggressive force in November when he pushed a 24-year-old woman to the ground during a license and registration check.  

Sergeant Robert George was fired from his job in January and a grand jury indicted him this week.


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Transportation
1:22 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

CATS Proposes Fare Increase

CATS bus
Credit Charlotte Area Transit System

Public transit riders may soon see the cost of a ticket go up between $.10 to $0.40 for a single fare and from $0.85 to $16.00 for a multiple use pass. Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) manager of public and community relations, Jean Leier, says the increase would help keep the current operating hours and levels of service.

"The one thing that our financial policy does is it looks at small increases every two years versus waiting many years and having to do a substantial increase that would really have a negative impact on our customers," Leier says. "You know, a twenty cent would be much different than if you waited many years and all of a sudden had to do – let's say – a dollar to two dollars."

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Transportation
2:43 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

CATS Map Will Help Navigate Light Rail Extension Traffic

A map was released by the city today that displays road and lane closures, bus detours and turning restrictions during construction of the 9.3 mile blue line light rail extension. The website URL is www.CharlotteFuture.com.
Credit CATS

Major construction of bridges and tracks for the blue line light rail extension will begin in the next few months. And with that, be ready to spend more time in traffic. Charlotte Area Transit System officials announced Friday that it's making a map available to give commuters a heads up on road and lane closures and turning restrictions during construction.

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A Trifling Place
4:03 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

A Trifling Place, Episode 16: Where The Sidewalks At?

A slide from a presentation during an AARP summit, Making A More Livable Mecklenburg, showing examples of dangerous streets in Charlotte. In 2011, the city established a sidewalk retrofit policy with a goal of adding 375 miles of new sidewalks by 2035.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department

Welcome to A Trifling Place, a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte. 


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