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House Bill 2 has put North Carolina and Charlotte in the national spotlight. The law ignited a conversation about privacy, bathrooms, transgender rights and discrimination. WFAE is hosting a Public Conversation to examine how HB2 has changed North Carolina. We’ll talk about the state’s image, economy, education and tourism and take your questions. Be a part of this public forum on Tuesday night, July 26 at 7:00 at McGlohon Theatre. Free registration here. 

Gaston County Redevelopment

15 hours ago

Monday, July 25

For as long as most people can remember, Gaston County has been the brunt of Charlotte’s jokes. And, quite frankly, Gastonians aren’t laughing. They’ll admit, they’ve had their challenges but they’ve also been working hard to remake themselves, bring in more businesses, create more jobs, get more people to put down roots, to rebrand themselves, and get folks here to see them in a new light. They make their case with us.

Joel Long,
chairman, Greater Gaston Development Corporation

NBA's Decision 'PC BS,' McCrory Says

Jul 21, 2016

Joining Mike Collins on Charlotte Talks Friday, Governor Pat McCrory spoke out against the NBA's decision to move the 2017 All Star Game out of Charlotte. McCrory stood by House Bill Two and said blame should be placed on the city of Charlotte for passing its expansion of the city's non-discrimination ordinance, and on the media and groups like Human Rights Campaign for mischaracterizing HB2 and waging war against anyone who doesn't fully agree. 

Hear that and our Friday news roundup. 

Republican Convention

Jul 20, 2016
By Republican Party (United States) ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Donald Trump rode the down escalator at Trump Tower a year ago to announce his candidacy for president.  But ever since, his journey to the GOP Convention has been on the up escalator. That convention has been notable for who is not in attendance including ex-presidents and other Republican luminaries. We get some expert takes on what’s been happening in Cleveland and hear from a local delegate still undecided about the party’s nominee.

Ron Carlee / Travel To Cuba

Jul 19, 2016

Two departures: Ron Carlee talks about his tenure as Charlotte city manager and then flights from Charlotte to Cuba. We hear about what to expect upon arrival and about our evolving relationship with this old foe.

Undocumented Latino Youth In Charlotte And North Carolina

Jul 19, 2016

Recently, the Supreme Court deadlocked over President Obama’s immigration plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. It was described as the biggest legal defeat of the president’s administration and the result could reach into the lives of many of the 300,000 people who are undocumented but living here. We examine the impact this has already had for local Latino youth and what it means for their future.

'We Believe You,' Addressing Sexual Assault On Campus

Jul 18, 2016

Experts say one in five female undergraduates have experienced sexual assault while in college.  Most of them have gone unreported for fear of retribution and a seeming lack of support.  But, now, the number of campus rapes being reported is on the rise and victims’ advocates say this is a positive trend.  Two UNC alums are shining a light on this in their new book, We Believe You. We hear from them and about what’s being done to change attitudes.

Friday News Roundup

Jul 15, 2016

The national conversation about the relationship between law enforcement and minorities plays out at the local level. Governor McCrory signs a law limiting the use of police body camera footage. The NBA continues to mull over a possible decision to pull the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte because of HB2.  And, Roy Cooper’s campaign is raising more money than the governor’s. We talk about those and other stories on the Weekly News Roundup.

Charlotte's Growing Tech Talent Market

Jul 14, 2016
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We know Charlotte is a banking town and we’ve spoken about the doors that designation may open for fintech – the marriage of banking and technology.  Now, it seems, we’ve become the top city in the U.S. for growth in tech talent.  Over the past five years, Charlotte has experienced a 74 percent growth rate in that talent.  How has this happened, what does this mean and where do we go from here?  We look at it all.

The State Of Renewable Energy In North Carolina

Jul 13, 2016
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Using renewable energy reduces our reliance on fossil fuels but in North Carolina it is also big business.  We rank third in the country for installed solar capacity and will soon be home to the first utility-scale wind farm in the Southeast. The solar industry has benefited from state tax credits but those credits have expired and clean energy advocates worry that growth will slow. The state of renewable energy in North Carolina.