Charlotte Talks: Local News Roundup Recaps 2017's Top Stories

Dec 28, 2017

Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

Clockwise from top left: Mary C. Curtis, Tom Bullock, Ann Doss Helms, Glenn Burkins

A year-in-review edition of the Local News Roundup - from political changes and Charlotte's rising murder count, to the swift downfall of Jerry Richardson and the roll back of House Bill 2. 

What DIDN'T happen in 2017? 

Charlotte grappled with its highest murder count since the early 1990s. Police were at a loss for an explanation for the sharp increase, which disproportionately impacted the African-American community.

The city's first African-American female mayor, Vi Lyles, took office after unseating incumbent Jennifer Roberts in the Democratic primary. Young newcomers were elected to form a majority on the City Council.

The national reckoning with sexual harassment found its way to the Carolina Panthers front office, leading to the swift downfall of owner Jerry Richardson.

House Bill 2, which put transgender rights in the national conversation, went by the wayside.

A new school superintendent, Clayton Wilcox, took the helm at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as the dust settled on a controversial student assignment.

Mike Collins and the reporters who covered these and other stories put it all into perspective.

GUESTS

Tom Bullock, reporter, WFAE (@TomWFAE)

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher, Q City Metro (@glennburkins)

Mary C. Curtis, Roll Call columnist (@mcurtisnc3)

Ann Doss Helms, education reporter, The Charlotte Observer (@anndosshelms)