Tom Bullock

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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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Monday night about 100 people gathered in a room to talk. Some were members of the public, others uniformed members of the CMPD.

The event was put on by the city of Charlotte to address a vexing question: how to build public trust in police?

Memorial Stadium in Elizabeth would be torn down and a new soccer stadium built, under the plan.
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Charlotte’s mayor says city funding for a major league soccer stadium is still a possibility. But the city council still has some big questions that need answers.     

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President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees and citizens of seven Muslim countries from entering the U.S. has done much more than spur airport protests over the weekend.

One expert on Islamic extremists is warning the move has revitalized a dangerous narrative. 

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With Republican super-majorities in both chambers the Democrats in the General Assembly can seem an afterthought. But their cooperation can still be key.

In the annual press conference laying out their legislative priorities the minority leaders touched on some expected themes. They called for tax cuts for the middle class, the expansion of Medicaid to help rural hospitals and the full, unconditional repeal of House Bill 2, which would require their votes in order to pass.

Then came a twist.

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The North Carolina General Assembly is now back from its January break. And during this session, one Mecklenburg County Republican senator says he will introduce a bill to protect former elected officials from angry protesters. But opponents say it would infringe on First Amendment rights.

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Late last year there was a sign posted outside a church in Charleston. The kind spelled out with small white plastic letters pushed into black felt. It read, "We thank you for your many acts of kindness."

It's a message that might as well be aimed at a man named Memo. He gave no last name.

Memo says he walks past this historic church a lot, many times a day. And each time he does the same thing. "I take my hat off. It's respect."

For nine people who lost their lives to a horrific act of hate.

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The future of the Affordable Care Act dominated the news Wednesday. While Democrats and Republicans huddled on Capitol Hill to discuss the future of the law, here in North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced his plan to expand Medicaid in the state.

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Governor Roy Cooper has announced his first two nominees for his cabinet. They would run the Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Quality.

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We know the big news. Republican Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States of America. We also know that he will work with a GOP controlled US House and Senate.

But what do we know about state races and the roll North Carolina played in electing Trump the 45th President of the United States?

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It all comes down to this. After months (and months, and months) of debates, ads, political claims and counter claims, voters go to the polls and cast ballots in the 2016 general election.

So far so good here in Mecklenburg County with no major issues to report. There were reports of long lines at some voting sites this morning.

Charlotte Talks Host Mike Collins spoke with Michael Dickerson, the Director of Elections for Mecklenburg County this morning:


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