Charlotte Talks News Roundup: Ambush Outside CMPD, Gerryamnder Ruling, Panthers Season Ends

Jan 12, 2018

Friday January 12, 2018

A murder suspect ambushes officers outside CMPD. Federal judges call North Carolina’s congressional district maps unconstitutional.  The Panthers season ends, and the team is now on the block. And light rail gets ready to open to the North. Mike Collins and our panel of reporters tackle those stories and more. 

Clockwise from top left: Nick Ochsner, Ann Doss Helms, Kirstin Garriss, Tom Bullock

On this week's Local News Roundup:

Hours after Charlotte's first homicide of 2018, the suspect opened fire on officers late Thursday outside CMPD headquarters. An officer was wounded, and police returned fire, killing the suspect.

A panel of federal judges have declared the state’s congressional district map unconstitutional and, for the first time, it isn’t because of race, but because of partisan gerrymandering.  This throws the election later this year into chaos. We find out more about what all of it means. 

The Panthers season came to a disappointing end on Sunday with their loss in the first round of the playoffs. In the wake of the loss, the Panthers’ offense coordinator and quarterbacks coach were fired. What will those staffing changes mean for next season?

And with that loss on Sunday, the Panthers are now officially “for sale”. What does the field of buyers look like? We discuss the possibilities.

In addition to a sale of the Panthers and staffing changes, there's talk about moving the stadium across the state line into South Carolina, near Carowinds. We'll delve into what Governor Cooper and others are saying about that.

And Light Rail will soon come to University- we’re just weeks away from the opening of the new expansion of the Blue Line. We’ll bring you an update. 

Those stories and much more with Mike Collins and guests on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.


Tom Bullock, reporter for WFAE

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for the Charlotte Observer

Kirstin Garriss, government reporter for Spectrum News

Nick Ochsner, reporter for WBTV