Tom Bullock

Reporter

Tom Bullock decided to trade the khaki clad masses and traffic of Washington DC for Charlotte in 2014. Before joining WFAE, Tom spent 15 years working for NPR.  Over that time he served as everything from an intern to senior producer of NPR’s Election Unit.  Tom also spent five years as the senior producer of NPR’s Foreign Desk where he produced and reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Haiti, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon among others.  Tom is looking forward to finally convincing his young daughter, Charlotte, that her new hometown was not, in fact, named after her.

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Arts & Life
10:24 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Task Force Recommends Dedicated Tax Funding For Arts Institutions

For years Charlotte’s cultural institutions have faced a stark problem.

Admissions and ticket sales aren’t paying the bills. And donations, big and small, often don’t make up the difference.

So city and county officials put together a task force to come up with suggestions on how to keep the arts afloat in our area.

After more than a year of work, the Cultural Life Task Force has released its recommendations.

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Business
12:11 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Are NC Film Incentives Worth It? Part 2: Running The Numbers

Filming of Iron Man 3 in Wilmington. The blockbuster was the first film in North Carolina to hit the $20 million dollar film incentive cap.
Credit Courtesy of the Wilmington Film Commission

The curtain is poised to come crashing down on North Carolina’s film incentive.

Wednesday, the House Finance Committee adopted a plan which would slash the amount a production company could receive, from $20 million to five million.

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Business
9:35 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Are NC Film Incentives Worth It? Part 1: How They Work

A chair on set of CBS's "Under The Dome"
Credit Courtesy of EUE/Screen Gems

For the past seven years North Carolina has been aggressively trying to lure movie and television shows to film in the state. Their bait? Tax dollars.

Since the program began it has been hugely successful. But the film incentive program is controversial. In Raleigh there is a movement to change the program or let it sunset at the end of this year.

This week, we take a closer look at the incentives program and proposals to change it. This report looks at how the system works and how much money just one TV show spends in the state.

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Local News
3:45 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Lawmakers Try To Rally Support For Film Funds

In Raleigh Wednesday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers took to a stage of sorts, in an effort to build support for the state’s film incentives. The tax rebate program faces an uncertain future and may expire at the end of the year. 

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Local News
2:31 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Today, Cannon Expected In Court To Plead Guilty

Credit Tasnim Shamma

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is scheduled to plead guilty this morning to a federal corruption charge. Documents unsealed Monday revealed some new information in the case against him, such as allegations of a bribe that a strip club owner paid Cannon for help with a zoning matter.

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Local News
4:29 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

County Manager Proposes $1.5 Billion Budget - With No Increase In Teacher Pay

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio presented her budget to County Commissioners Thursday. Here's a look at what is, and is not in her $1.5 billion proposed budget. 

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Local News
9:35 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Airport Extends...And Cancels Controversial Taxi Contract

Credit Julie Rose

Amid an FBI investigation, a city ordered review and claims that corruption was at the heart of the original process, the Charlotte airport is re-opening its controversial taxi contract.

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Local News
1:13 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

A Ticket To Fly: Charlotte Fifth Most Expensive Airport For Passengers

Credit Julie Rose

With Charlotte’s airport being a major hub for US Airways, passengers from across the country often save money by booking flights which stop in our city before reaching their final destination. But a new study shows those savings aren’t shared by those of us who call Charlotte home.

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Local News
2:13 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Airport Taxi Contract On FBI’s Radar

Credit Julie Rose

The FBI has expanded its investigation of corruption in Charlotte. Agents are now looking into allegations of a pay-to-play scheme involving Taxi companies and the airport.

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Local News
12:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Harry Golden Takes On The Seersuckered South

Harry Golden, journalist and civil rights activist in Charlotte c.1970's.
Courtesy of J Murrey Atkins Library / UNC Charlotte

Long before Charlotte had its crown of skyscrapers, rings of highways and cape of sprawling suburbs, there were two trails that crossed each other in a relatively flat section of piedmont.

The path that went east-to-west would eventually be called Trade Street – fitting since it originally connected two rivers.

The North-South trail would turn into what we now know as Tryon Street. And that trail was part of the key path for settlers, a path then known as The Great Wagon Road. 

Today, we begin a new series, Along The Great Wagon Road: Occasional Detours Through History.

Our first detour takes us to the corner of 7th and Hawthorne in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood. And the life of a man who fought bigotry with a biting sense of humor.

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