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Friday News Roundup

Apr 14, 2016

On this week’s local news roundup, Governor McCrory issues an executive order as fallout from HB2 continues, but what does that order accomplish? The governor also laid out his budget priorities for the state. We get a peek at a draft outline of student assignment at CMS. It may be what some parents have been hoping for. And the FBI releases videos and recorded phone calls from the Patrick Cannon investigation.  

Being Transgender

Apr 13, 2016
Jennifer Worsham

In the debate over passage of HB2 prohibiting discrimination protections for LGBT individuals and forcing transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender on their birth certificate, there has been one perspective that has largely gone unheard: that of transgender people. They feel there has been confusion and misconceptions about what it means to be transgender, so we offer them a forum to discuss that and more.

'Death By The River' Series And Criminal Justice System

Apr 12, 2016
Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer

In America, you are presumed innocent until convicted, but once convicted you are presumed to have committed the crime. But some recent investigations have shown that isn’t always the case. Mark Carver is five years into a life sentence for murder. Recently, The Charlotte Observer has been examining the evidence used to convict Carver, who insists he’s innocent. We talk to the reporters investigating that case about what they’ve uncovered.

Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Apr 12, 2016
Entheta / Wikimedia Commons

Deaths from drug overdoses  have spiked in North Carolina and around the nation. Here, overdoses are up 75 percent since 2002 and most of these are from prescription drugs. More People are now killed from opioid overdoses than car accidents. It's a public health crisis - an entirely preventable epidemic - being fueled by increasing numbers of painkiller prescriptions like OxyContin. 

Carolinas HealthCare System CEO Michael Tarwater

Apr 8, 2016
Courtesy Carolinas HealthCare

When Michael Tarwater arrived at Charlotte Memorial Hospital 35 years ago it was a relatively small facility.  But like its logo, from those roots a massive tree has grown. Today, Carolinas Healthcare System includes impressive branches like the Levine Cancer Institute and the Levine Children’s Hospital. That growth occurred during Michael Tarwater’s 14 years as CEO. Now retiring from that position, he joins us to reflect and look to the future.

Friday News Roundup

Apr 8, 2016

On this week’s local news roundup, fall out continues from HB2. PayPal will not bring 400 jobs to Charlotte because of the law; one movie studio cancels production here and the state of Connecticut is trying to woo B of A’s corporate headquarters away. More information has emerged over Charlotte’s fire chief and leaked emails, the governor suggests raising teacher pay, and though the Tar Heels lost, the Hornets are headed for the playoffs.  That and more.

Tom Bullock

Student assignment has become a hot topic as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools continues the process of drawing new attendance zones for schools. The ongoing conversation over pupil assignment has raised tensions, emotions and heated debate in the community and on the school board. Charlotte Talks hosted a special public conversation about school assignment Wednesday night at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. We heard from school board members, concerned parents, and from members of the community. You can hear the full discussion and questions and comments from the audience here. 

Web Extra: After the broadcast portion of the show, the program continued with more questions and comments from the audience. Listen here: 

U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr

Most of us take water for granted but severe drought in the west has demonstrated just how precious it is. Essential to life, we’re starting to run low on water. Recent satellite data from NASA reveals that more than half the world’s largest aquifers are being depleted, putting the global water supply at risk. Public Radio’s Ira Flatow and the NASA scientist referred to as the “Al Gore of Water” tell us more.

Opera Carolina / Actor's Theatre

Apr 5, 2016

Part 1 Opera Carolina Performs Aleko and Pagliacci
It’s an Opera Carolina double-header:  two operas hit the stage this week in Charlotte-- back to back with similar themes, but by different composers.  We hear about Aleko and Pagliacci and from the lead in Pagliacci who sings the world over but is making his Carolina debut.  Ironically, he lives in Rock Hill. We’ll discuss that and much more.

Former Gov. Jim Martin And Biographer John Hood

Apr 4, 2016

In the early '80s, Jim Martin was Mecklenburg County’s Republican congressman. He would go on to hold the governor’s office for eight years. It was a job he initially balked at considering, figuring he wouldn’t like it-- but his eight years in office may have been the starting point for the Republican domination of state government we’re witnessing today. Governor Martin is the subject of a new biography and he joins us along with his biographer to talk about life, politics and more.