Charlotte Talks Roundup: State Takes Over Cardinal, Mayor Heads For Exit, First Black DA Sworn In

Nov 30, 2017

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

State health officials take over at Cardinal Innovations. Mayor Roberts' tenure draws to a close. Mecklenburg County's first African-American district attorney is sworn in. A look back at those stories and others with our panel of reporters.

Clockwise from top left: Glenn Burkins, Ann Doss Helms, Erik Spanberg, Alex Olgin

Swift developments in the scandal at Cardinal Innovations. The state has taken control of the Charlotte-based mental health provider. Cardinal’s CEO, who was already fired and set to leave on Friday, was ordered out immediately, as was the company’s board. 

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts begins packing up her office as her single term ends Monday. Roberts, whose tenure was dominated by House Bill 2 and the Keith Scott shooting, says she’s “proud” to have taken “bullets for a lot of people.”

Mecklenburg County’s first African-American district attorney is sworn in. Spencer Merriweather takes over at a time of intense scrutiny of how African-Americans are treated by the legal system.

Charlotte and Raleigh don't make the cut as Major League Soccer releases the short-list of contenders for an expansion team, while Amazon delays news on its finalists for the company's second headquarters.

Mike Collins reviews the week's news from Charlotte and the region.


Alex Olgin, reporter, WFAE (@AlexOlgin)

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

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

Erik Spanberg, senior staff writer, Charlotte Business Journal (@CBJspanberg)