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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Lisa Worf first reported in November on a new teaching method called No Nonsense Nurturing that's being utilized at Project LIFT schools in CMS. This week, No Nonsense Nurturing became the subject of intense national attention after NPR aired a version of Lisa's story on Weekend Edition Sunday.

This election year, some savvy political donors will get a little something extra for their contribution: a tax deduction.

In a few cases this is perfectly legal. In others however, the legality is questionable at best.

All this is thanks to lax oversight, loopholes and, believe it or not, a single paragraph tucked into the 2,000 page federal budget passed late last year.

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It was a crucial vote about one of the region’s most congested roadways. The Charlotte City Council voted twice Monday night to support toll lanes around the region. And specifically the project on I-77 North now under construction. That vote was 7 to 4. This despite many council members accusing State officials of issuing financial threats if they didn’t approve the project.

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It’s an image best described as a tree smashed between two letters. Like a two dimensional rendition of a weed growing through a crack in the concrete. And it’s the culmination of a $1.5 million project to create a logo so enticing it would lure residents, businesses and tourists to flock to North Carolina.

The state’s new logo was rolled out last year and it has gotten attention. Just not the kind the designers were hoping for.

Jennifer Lang

In March, North Carolina primary voters will have their pick of 27 presidential candidates. And no that’s not just the Republican field.

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Imagine for a moment that you are the "other." A member of a group feared because of the violent actions of a few. You have done nothing wrong. You’ve decried the violence. Still, your life is affected by the fear, or suspicions of those around you.

This hypothetical is reality for many Muslims.

WFAE

In this edition of WFAE Talks, Greg, Lisa and Tom discuss Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts’ promises, the CMS student-assignment debate, and Tom’s upcoming story about Muslim life in Charlotte.

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Jennifer Roberts begins her Tuesday with a busy official schedule to go along with her new official title. She was sworn in as mayor of Charlotte at a ceremony Monday night.

Her first official act, swearing in the members of the new Charlotte City Council. And Roberts'  relationship with them will determine the fate of a long list of initiatives laid out Monday night.

WFAE

Envision these scenarios for the 2016 election: Americans for Prosperity coordinates campaign strategies with Gov. Pat McCrory's re-election campaign. Or, Moveon.org does the same thing for the campaign of his likely Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper.

While such coordination is prohibited on the federal level, a recent ruling by the North Carolina

State of North Carolina

Officially, it’s a clarification. But a recent decision by the North Carolina Board of Elections allows state and local candidates to do something those seeking federal office can't, directly coordinate where, when and on what outside groups spend their money on during an election. It's a move which has implications for the governor’s race on down.

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